New Cpu Cooler - Air.

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  1. Smokey25

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    Im on a 5600x with still a stock cooler ( max fan speed ) but i notice every summer it just starts to throttle and I wanna get a proper air cooler for it now. Im on a Asus tuf b550 Plus mobo,so its for Am4. Price should not be higher as 100 - 125 euro. I was looking at the Noctua NH-D15, is that a proper one or is there something better ? And what fans would be best to add,or are the added ones sufficient ?

    An aio would be ok aswell if its any better for around the same price,but for some reason i just like to avoid anything water in my pc.
     
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    Couple excellent cooler recommendation for you with very good bang for buck:

    Thermalright Phantom Spirit 120 EVO ~60€
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    Thermalright Peerless Assassin 120 SE ~35€
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    @Smokey25

    I went from NOCTUA U12S to Arctic Freezer 34 DUO and for my i9-10920x it gets better results.
    Of course, D15 should provide better performance comparing to U12S. But the installation of Arctic one is much more easy because it has 4 bolts without springs instead of 2 bolts with springs.

    PS D15 is too bulky to my taste.
     
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    Ahh thanks alot for that. I looked up some youtube vid after your post and noticed they just place the fan ontop of the module without issue. I think so far what I see is that noctua comes uptop on alot of reviews around that price aswell, think ill just order it. Would there be better fans to use on it,or are the ones they provide good enough ?
     
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    everyone has given good advice
    what i'd like to add are case fans. if you have generic case fans, or fans that came with a case you can make big improvements for little money
    Thermalright has amazing fans for the lowest price - even w/argb a 3 pack will be under 15 Euros

    also - something that's free - cable management. since you're getting a new cooler it's a good time to tidy up inside the case.
    cable ties, gaffers tape (color matched to case), and a hot glue gun can drop temps 5-10c
     
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    Noctua fans are the best
     
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    I can only talk from my own experience, but I'm a big Noctua fan (myself).

    I'm using the U12A with stock fans. It's connected through the Noctua Fan Hub, which is connected to the motherboard 4 pin cpu fan connector. So that I can use PWM and control it with FanControl software.

     
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    Amen bro.
     
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    Thanks alot, I think Ill just use the Noctua fans provided with the cooler then.

    @tunejunky, I actually replaced my mobo last month so my cable management is in order etc, so is my airflow, But i could replace my fans since their quite old aswell. Having 2 at front pushing air in, 2 at the top pulling out,and one at the back pulling air out aswel,and they are generic fans yes. Ill look into the thermal fans you mentioned,thanks.
     
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    I suspect (for PC case) the intake fans should provide bigger flow than outtake ones. Otherwise case will have sort of vacuum effect inside.

    PS After my experience with Arctic cooler I think coolers with direct contact of pipes with CPU give better results overall.

    PPS Also I went from thermal paste to carbon cloth Thermal Grizzly Carbonaut (with same performance).


    (And there is newer one - KryoSheet.)
     
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    Noctua is good but you will be overpaying for a NH-D15. And I'm speaking as a NH-D15 owner myself. Check reviews and performance for coolers I mentioned in a previous post. They pretty much match NH-D15 performance for a fraction of the cost.
     
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    Yeah I do use thermal grizzly aswell. Also,one more question, What way should I point the fans to on the cpu ? Both to the left sucking and blowing air to the back or left/right sucking air ?

    <--- - <--- or <--- - ---> ?


    @Glottiz,im still checking, but see noctua in most cases ( also sound wise) coming uptop quite often,saw a coolermaster that did slightly better and was also easy to install it seems.
     
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    I would point both to the same direction - toward the outtake fan on the back of the case.
     
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    Have to raise the front fan by a LOT with that memory, or remove it and use it elsewhere in your system. You can also get the D15S which is single fan, but slightly offset towards the top of the motherboard for PCI-E clearance, which could be an issue if you have a smaller height case. If you opt for the D15S you could also get a 120 mm fan for the front instead.

    It all depends on your case really, for example in a Lian-Li O11 Dynamic EVO which 167 mm clearance you need the memory to be under 37 mm in order to fit the front fan on the D15.

    In the end the D15 will work with any memory, but you may not be able to use the front fan, that's all.

    This is how i have it set up in my O11 Dynamic EVO XL.

    Lian-Li X Noctua (1).jpg

    The stock fans are pretty old by now and have a terrible sound profile above 750 RPM, i would personally wait for the new generation D15 which comes with their new fans.
     
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    I could then just use a fan in the mid of the block and one at the left side so theres no issue with ram modules right without it hurting temperate ?
     
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    Depends on the IO cover of the motherboard, and also doing that will introduce terrible trubulence noise because the rear fan doesn't have the 5mm clearance infront of the fan blades then.
     
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    a few case fans w/ model numbers

    Thermalright TL-C12C X3 CPU Fan 120mm Case Cooler Fan, 4pin PWM Silent Computer Fan with S-FDB Bearing Included, up to 1550RPM Cooling Fan(3 Quantities)$12

    ARCTIC P12 (5 Pack) - 120 mm Case Fan, Pressure-optimised, Quiet Motor, Computer, Fan Speed: 1800 RPM - Black 5 pack $24

    Noctua NF-P12 redux-1700 PWM, High Performance Cooling Fan, 4-Pin, 1700 RPM (120mm, Grey), Compatible with Desktop $15 each

    all of these are good, but you pay for the Noctua. for long term (if you love your case) i'd say Noctua

     
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