Originally Posted by nickm926
with the zalman coolers you get a free fan speed controller so the zalmans can go very quiet
The Zalman 9700 is pretty quiet to begin with... I didn't even hook up the fan controller, and I can barely distinguish it above the low rush of my Apevia case fans.
If you can fit a Zalman 9700 in your case, I recommend it. I didn't buy the Tuniq, just because I liked the look of the Zalman more, but if performance is your thing, the Zalman will work for that too... it's just second to some of those other giant coolers like the Tuniq and Scythe.
EDIT: People asking if x-cooler will fit in your case: do your homework! if you're not sure, get a measurement of your case from your motherboard to your side panel, and compare it to the cooler dimensions. You may also want to make sure that if the cooler is long/wide, that it will clear all of your other components. i.e., if you have a really tall northbridge cooler, make sure it's not too close to the CPU cooler mounts.