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What Air Cooler to get?

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#1
Any recommendations for a decent air cooler for one of my computers?
Seems most of the coolers I read about have clearence issues with TALL ram (like Corsair Vengence DDR3 and I don't want that. I need a cooler that will clear the ram with no issues.

I need the ram I have to stay in the machine, I am not willing to swap it out for shorter stuff.

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The machine runs great as it is, that's why I don't want to change the ram.
 
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#6
Corsair H60?

I know it's water cooling, but setting it up is basically the same as setting up a air cooler. My H60 keeps my 2600k at good temperature while it's under full load for days on end.

 
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Like I said, it's very simular to air cooling. The H60, as well as Corsair other water cooling set-ups come pre-assembled. No bleeding of air out of the lines, no having to add or change water, totally maintainance free. Running a H60 is the same as running an air cooler, but with the benefits of water cooling.
 
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you can't go wrong with the Noctua U12P SE2 or C14.
 
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I have a Noctua NH-d14. The thing is HUGE and I can see it blockng tall ram. Fortunately due to the size of the cooler, you can attach the fan off-center and mount taller ram.
 
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#11
Corsair H60?

I know it's water cooling, but setting it up is basically the same as setting up a air cooler. My H60 keeps my 2600k at good temperature while it's under full load for days on end.

http://img.techpowerup.org/120418/herpderp.jpg
Acknowledging you requested info on an AIR cooler, I still came in to post a small note to look at the H60... My temps are unreal low idle and full load with mine, running 4.4Ghz.
 
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#12
Thanks but no thanks, I'm not interested in getting back into water cooling.
I've done my water time, air is for me now.
:)
Noted :)

Good luck ! :toast:
 
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not the D14.. the C14



 
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lol that looks like a Burger
 
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a burger.. of awesome :D
 
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Phanteks and Thermalright have similar coolers but they never get the mounting solution or fans right.
 
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I ordered the Noctura C14 from the Egg and it will be here on the 24th.
This seems to be one awesome cooler from the feedback I have read online.
And I'll be able to keep my Corsair Vengence Ram.
Glad the Bee posted a reply to direct my purchase!
 

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I find that the Zalman CNPS9900 gives more than enough room for tall memory as the cooler doesn't even extend over memory slots. I'm sure there are coolers that perform better, but it does a good job for its size and cools my SB-E 3820 plenty well and 1.45v (1.41v with LLC bump on loaded CPU to 1.45v) doesn't typically exceed 76-77 degrees celsius on the hotest core running Prime95 using small ffts.
 
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I've owned the C14 for a few years and I loved it. Placed it on another computer build and just having that person love it is all I need.. You'll enjoy the cooler and enjoy it more when you see the temps and how quiet it is.
 

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#22
Phanteks and Thermalright have similar coolers but they never get the mounting solution or fans right.
Phanteks uses the same exact hardware as the Noctua to mount;)
 
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#23
C14 is an excellent choice, but really, I must agree...
H60, H80
Antec 620, 920 (620 being the way cheapest)

Seem like much better options to me.
 
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#24
Phanteks uses the same exact hardware as the Noctua to mount;)
a single Phantek fan is louder than both Noctua fans. Thermalright does a better job with their fans but the mounting systems are always more difficult than they need to be. both companies try to come after the king but come up a little short.
 
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#25
The mount on my VenomousX is great! Easy install and work's good :) I did have to pull the MOBO to get the mount installed but I needed to clean my case anyways so ya.

Is the d14 the best air cooler? Since I started clocking I don't like my temp's, I have bad case flow but still think a better cooler would help?

I may try swapping/adding some fan's first but thought I'd ask since this thread is active :eek: