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Windows 7: Best CPU cooler for i5 3570k to overclock with?

02 Mar 2013   #11

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Well in that price range it falls short of the best. So then it comes down to save more or sacrifice:
This is a nice sacrifice:
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Add one HP Noctua and then when the budget will allow go Push Pull with a second ! Noctua NF-F12 PWM Cooling Fan: Computers & Accessories

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02 Mar 2013   #12

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
With the OP's budget, we are probably talking about a single 120/140mm Rad unit. I also use the Intel water cooler, and I have my 3570K OC'd to a stable 4.5GHz....doesn't miss a beat. With all of the testing I've seen, the H80 with dual fans is probably the best performing single rad unit. I do prefer the coolers that are manufactured by Asetek though, such as the Intel, SOME Corsair models, the Zalmans, and I think the NZXT units. For comparison, the old style Corsair units with the square shaped pump are made by Cool-IT, if I'm not mistaken.

To the OP: Let us know what kind of case you have and we will have a better idea of what will work for you.
Well +1 KB as per my post#2 it is quiet and efficient and well even looks nice too:)
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03 Mar 2013   #13


Maybe I misread the OP - but he only mentions liquid cooling for overclocking because he seems to be under the impression you need liquid to oc and do it quietly.

The above mentioned self contained units are nice, but air cooling is also an extremely viable and potentially cheaper option.

Noise wise, it all depends on the fans you use. Liquid can be just as noisy as air due to the rad fans. Conversely air can be made virtually inaudible.

General rule of thumb: stock fans are shit fans. Exceptions being noctua.
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03 Mar 2013   #14

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1

I didn't read it that way, but it certainly should be noted that there is more than one way to skin a cat. The Noctua NH-D14 air cooler is about 80 bucks atm on Newegg, and is generally regarded as one of the best CPU air coolers on the block. There are cheaper alternatives though. Just depends on how much overclocking he wants to do.
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10 Mar 2013   #15

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot

For air NH-d14 or Thermalright Silver arrow or Phanteks PH-TC14PE are all capable coolers that can get you to pretty high OC with Ivy bridge processors.
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10 Mar 2013   #16

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Actually I was going with this until I saw the size and decided LC was going to be easier to handle

DEEPCOOL - GAMER STORM - ASSASSIN - Design my main objection was that some reviews commented on it over hanging the RAM sticks in particular. But it was taking an i5 3570K to 4.8GHz in some tests.
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10 Mar 2013   #17

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1

Honestly, anything other than Socket 2011 would be fine on a single rad water cooler, or a nice air cooler...unless you are doing really extreme OC'ing. IB puts out some heat, but not as much as people think, and only when you REALLY push it. A single 120/140 rad is more than enough for it, as is the Noctua Air cooler. Of course, it also depends on the CPU you get, as not all 3570K's are made the same.
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22 Mar 2013   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64

I got the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus and my Intel Core I5-3570k is running stable at 4.5GHz. Full load max temp is 69-72 Celsius. Idle around 20-25 Celsius.
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07 Apr 2013   #19

Windows 10 Pro x64

I`m with John on this too, I really like the design of the shroud around the fan, they just don`t slap a fan on it.

Intel BXRTS2011LC High Performance Liquid Cooler - 120mm Fan, 2200 RPM Max, 74 CMF, 35dBA Max, 150mm Radiator, LGA2011, LGA1155 at
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07 Apr 2013   #20

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1

That's the one I have, and I might try out some Air Penetrators in push/pull to see if I can squeeze a little bit more out of it. The Delta fan that it comes with does a good job though.
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