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Best cpu cooling for under £70

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July 30, 2012 5:22:11 PM

I have a phenom ii x4 965 BE with stock clock speed (3.4GHz) and heatsink and fan. It idles at 35-40 C and at load 59-65 C. I wish to do overclocking. So what is the best way to cool my cpu for under £70?, the two options I have looked at are the corsair H60 and the noctua dh d14.

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July 30, 2012 5:39:58 PM

I am not much in favor of the all in one coolers. They tend to be expensive, noisy, and don't cool any better than a good air cooler in a well ventilated case. They direct heated air into the case which hurts your graphics card cooling.

The Noctua NH-D14 is as good as it gets.

But for 1/3 the price, I think you would do well enough with a cm hyper212.
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July 30, 2012 5:46:16 PM

would the hyper 212 cope with a 4.2 GHz oc
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July 30, 2012 6:30:49 PM

bluehowell said:
would the hyper 212 cope with a 4.2 GHz oc

Easily.
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July 30, 2012 6:36:08 PM

Dumb can't edit message:( 

Let me qualify, for a 2500K, the answer is easily.

But without recent experience with the amd chips, I am uncertain about what it takes to reach the 4.2 level.

Put another way, whatever the upper limit is, with the NH-D14, I would think that the limit with the hyper212 would only be .1-.2 less.
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July 30, 2012 8:45:42 PM

thanks for the advice, I decided to go with the NH-C14 as it only has slightly lower performance than the nh d14 but will actually fit in my case.
August 2, 2012 6:39:25 PM

Here a User review I picked up from NH-c14 product page from Newegg

[ Other Thoughts: Note, my case is a HAF 922 [3x 200mm and 1x 120mm fans], Noctua NH-C14 140mm x 2 SSO CPU Cooler, Gigabyte Z77X-D3H motherboard, CPU at 1.115 volts [just a quick overclock, getting too old to tweak for days at a time].

Install the hardware [back plate, etc] and RAM before installing the motherboard into the case.

I used a very small amount of TIM, about 1/4 the size of a pea. Prolimatech Pro-PK-1 thermal compound. ]

So it seems it fits in the cooler master HAF 922
Just compare the dimension of HAF 922 with your case dimensions.
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