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Good day TPU!

I have an ASUS Maximus VII Gene and an Intel Core i7-4790k on the the way to replace my old mobo and processor which just recently decided to stop working. I've also found out that my Antec H2O 920's pump is making some weird noises so I would like to replace it as well. I would like to go back to air cooling but I only have limited options because the RAM I have has tall heat spreaders. I'm thinking of buying either a Noctua NH-U12S and running it in a push/pull config with 2 Corsair SP120's or a Noctua NH-D15 and running it with 1 fan in the middle. What would you think would be a better option? For +/- $20 more would the D15 be worth it? Or is there another option that you could suggest?
 

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Cryorig R1 Universal!
Or the NH D-14, the Phanteks TCHCSHAJSHDALSJD14 whatever it's called.
 
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I would love to have the Cryorig R1 Universal or the Phanteks. Actually those were the first two I searched for. Unfortunately they're not available here. :(
 

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I would love to have the Cryorig R1 Universal or the Phanteks. Actually those were the first two I searched for. Unfortunately they're not available here. :(
R1 isn't available here either /sadface
 
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The D14 would be cheaper than the D15 although, correct me if I'm wrong, it might block the first RAM slot.
 

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The D14 would be cheaper than the D15 although, correct me if I'm wrong, it might block the first RAM slot.
Switch the front fan to the back instead?
 
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It still might block the first slot. The HyperX Beast heat spreaders are a bit tall.

 

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It still might block the first slot. The HyperX Beast heat spreaders are a bit tall.

I have HyperX beast, and they are a goddamn nightmare for CPU coolers. You have no hope in hell unless you're only running 2 sticks of RAM, in which case use slot 2 and 4. Only Tower cooler that would certainly fit is the Cryorig and the HR-02 and HR-22.
 
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The NH-U12S has 100% compatibility with tall RAMS as it's thinner than other tower coolers and the NH-D15 does also if you only use 1fan (middle). Another option would also be the NH-U14S. I'm leaning more towards the D15 although it's a bit pricey. I guess I'm just wondering if it's worth the extra $$$. :)
 

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The NH-U12S has 100% compatibility with tall RAMS as it's thinner than other tower coolers and the NH-D15 does also if you only use 1fan (middle). Another option would also be the NH-U14S. I'm leaning more towards the D15 although it's a bit pricey. I guess I'm just wondering if it's worth the extra $$$. :)
Well the D15 probably has the highest performance, depends upon how much you intend to OC. I'd be tempted by the D15 for the big-balls look.
 
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I've been reading around... I guess I'm gonna have to stick with the U12S. In the review I've been reading the cooler will block the first PCI-E slot. :(
 
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I've been reading around... I guess I'm gonna have to stick with the U12S. In the review I've been reading the cooler will block the first PCI-E slot. :(
Most of them due. Alternative is to take the heatspead off the ram and run them bare. Should have clearance for anything after that.
 
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I'm building next week with Kingston Beast RAM and a 4790K, and I was so gutted to find the Cryorig R1 isn't available in the UK! Gonna go with the Dark Rock 3 as I'm only running 2 sticks though. Have you seen if the Scythe Ashura is available? I read that was good too in my research, might not be high-end enough for you tho
 
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You can run both fans, just rise the front one a bit. I do that and then cooler is still great, a fair bit more quiet then the 14. The PVM fans are not running at full speed on top of my 4.7 GHz 4790K.
 
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I'm building next week with Kingston Beast RAM and a 4790K, and I was so gutted to find the Cryorig R1 isn't available in the UK! Gonna go with the Dark Rock 3 as I'm only running 2 sticks though. Have you seen if the Scythe Ashura is available? I read that was good too in my research, might not be high-end enough for you tho
The Scythe Ashura is available here. Based on the TPU review it might block the first PCI-E slot on the board. :(

Edit:

It seems all 140mm tower type coolers have issues with blocking the first slot on a mATX board. Even the U14S might be a problem. :(
 
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The Scythe Ashura is available here. Based on the TPU review it might block the first PCI-E slot on the board. :(

Edit:

It seems all 140mm tower type coolers have issues with blocking the first slot on a mATX board. Even the U14S might be a problem. :(
is your first slot a PCI x1 or x16?
I wouldn't miss a x1 slot haha
 
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x16 for the ASUS Maximus VII Gene...
 
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x16 for the ASUS Maximus VII Gene...
NOPE that's no good :( feel for you man

try and RMA your current AIO and see if you get a brand new one though I guess, or do you just not want water anymore?
 
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x16 for the ASUS Maximus VII Gene...
Poor design but that what it is. The big air coolers is not for you sadly.
NOPE that's no good :( feel for you man

try and RMA your current AIO and see if you get a brand new one though I guess, or do you just not want water anymore?
Same, if you are done with WC then the NH-U12S seems like a good choice. My setup is in a bench (no air flow acrouse the board) and my VRM were at 51 C untill I pointed a fan un it. With the U12S you get some (warm) flow at least.
 

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Due to your memory I would opt for an AIO. Like Corsair H105 or NZXT Kraken X60/61
 
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RMAs really suck here... I RMAed the board and processor the other day and they mentioned I'll be receiving it in approximately 3-4 months :eek:. And they'll also be replacing the 920 with a 950 as the 920s are EOL I guess. The 920 also only lasted about 1.5 years and that's a bit too short for me. Atleast if I go back to air I won't have trouble with leaks or pumps dying. :D
 
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RMAs really suck here... I RMAed the board and processor the other day and they mentioned I'll be receiving it in approximately 3-4 months :eek:. And they'll also be replacing the 920 with a 950 as the 920s are EOL I guess. The 920 also only lasted about 1.5 years and that's a bit too short for me. Atleast if I go back to air I won't have trouble with leaks or pumps dying. :D
TERRIBLE. was it the processor or the mobo that died? Maybe the replacement mobo will differ slightly and you'll get a board that doesn't have a x16 in the first slot? Either way just sell your replacement 950 when you get it
 
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TERRIBLE. was it the processor or the mobo that died? Maybe the replacement mobo will differ slightly and you'll get a board that doesn't have a x16 in the first slot? Either way just sell your replacement 950 when you get it
Both are dead, mobo and processor. I guess when the mobo died it took the processor with it. And yeah, I'll sell the replacement for the 920 when it arrives. :)
 
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I have a HR-02 Macho rev. a and it has awesome price/performance ratio :toast: Cost 43 euros and wins my old Antec Kuhler 620 v2 clearly :)