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Old 11-29-2010, 06:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking to over clock my i7-920 soon, so I want to get the CPU cooler for Christmas.

Any thoughts recommendations for $50-70 coolers?

What about this one:
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler
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I would go with this one.
Newegg.com - Noctua NH-U12P SE2 120mm SSO CPU Cooler

you can also get it here a little cheaper
Noctua NH-U12P SE2 CPU Heat Sink With 2 Noctua Fans - Socket AM2/AM3/775/1366/1156 - FrozenCPU.com

or cheaper still here
Noctua NH-U12P SE 2 CPU Cooler for (AM2, AM3, 775, 1366, 1156)- 4 Dual Heat-Pipes Products Model: NOC-HU12P-SE2 [NH-U12P-SE2] : Performance-PCs.com, ... sleeve it and they will come

All (3) of those stores are extremely reliable. But I'm not sure what the final shipping price will be for you.
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Abunch of people have had it... Slaymate just did a test/review showing the Noctua nh-14 as better than a corsair water loop, but its 90 bucks.

Be very midful of your case size, and google up to see if your choices fit.

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If you've got a big case and your ram set isn't one of those ones with the big spiky heat spreaders on them, go with the Noctua NH-D14. If you've got a biggish case, but your ram is very tall, go with the U12P SE2. I've owned both of them, both of them work pretty **** great. The fans are also so quiet that you nearly can't hear them.
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If you've got a big case and your ram set isn't one of those ones with the big spiky heat spreaders on them, go with the Noctua NH-D14. If you've got a biggish case, but your ram is very tall, go with the U12P SE2. I've owned both of them, both of them work pretty **** great. The fans are also so quiet that you nearly can't hear them.
I have the NH-D14 and it is a great cooler. Just make sure you have a case big enough to hold it. I have an Antec 1200 and it is just barely deep enough. But the NH-D14 is a little out of his budget.
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Is there any crucial advantage to having the NH-D14 over the the NH-U12P?
Just curious because its a bit of a stretch on my price range. I'd like to know what I would be missing out on if I opt for the NH-U12P.

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Soul says nope, as hes owned both.
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Not crucial, no. You'll still be able to get a very nice OC with the U12P, 4Ghz will be easily doable. You might be able to run at 4.2Ghz 24/7 as well, depending on how hot it gets during spring/summer for you. The D-14 allows for more extreme OCs, and would definitely let you run 4.2Ghz all the time, but the increase from 4Ghz to 4.2Ghz won't give you much extra performance TBH.
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