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First Build CPU Cooler Help

PCsAreBack

61 months ago

I'm getting very close to finishing my build, but I am stuck on one last component. Someone recommended the Dark Rock Pro 3 to me and I have it in my build at the moment. But I am concerned that it might be overkill. After watching review and installation videos, I am worried it's going to be difficult installing.

I mainly plan on gaming and watching TV/movies so I don't know if such a large CPU Cooler is necessary. I do want my cooler to be as quiet as possible though.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I would really appreciate your help.

Here is my build: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/PCsAreBack/saved/4G4J7P

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, judging a cooler based on the installation will rule out a lot of great ones...I have the Zalman CNPS 9900 max and it's SILENT and cools great but install wasn't easy.

If you have no plan to overclock, anything over stock cooler is overkill, but they are still better. The Dark Rock 3 (not pro) is not as bulky and should be easier...the hyper 212 EVO is very popular.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Smaller AIO liquid coolers aren't really difficult to install either. I've got a CM Seidon 120V that I scored for $30 AR cooling an overclocked g3258 and it's completely quiet even under torture test -- plus a nicer layout in the case, room for RAMs, no worries about moving the CPU, no worries about breaking the PCBA over time, etc. It was a few more fasteners than the CM Hyper 212 EVO (which is also completely quiet under load on my non-OC i5 even under torture) but really not that difficult to install. The most difficult part was figuring out where I wanted to connect the pump and fan on the mobo and getting the BIOS set to keep the pump at 100%.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

What is the Difference between the CM Hyper 212 Evo and Plus? They are the same price.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

If Plus (earlier) and Evo (later) are the same price, buy the Evo.

The difference is that the Evo has the four heat pipes directly next to each other in the block that attaches to the CPU. In the Plus there is some of the main material of the block between them. Here are amazon's images of their blocks: Plus: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61pCIb2J2IL.jpg Evo: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/91TEWRa3kuL._SL1500_.jpg

Presumably the heatpipes being directly together gives the Evo better heat carrying capacity as CM themselves try to demonstrate lower down on http://www.coolermaster.com/cooling/cpu-air-cooler/hyper-212-evo/

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, What about the Shadow Rock Slim it looks comparable to the CM Hyper 212s but is quieter?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the hyper 212 EVO. Running 4.4GHz and max temps are around 78 celcius. If you can get one for around $30 I would highly recommend one. On stock clock speeds the fan is silent.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

If ease of installation as well as performance is of concern, the Noctua NH-U12S may be of interest.

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