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Looking for a great CPU cooler + case/CPU fans

#1SpacewhizguyPosted 9/9/2013 2:00:07 PM(edited)
I'm looking for a high end air cooler (for Haswell sockets). Is the Noctua NH-D14 still one of the best ones I can get?

And while we're talking about CPU coolers, what's one of the best thermal pastes that I can get? I'll be replacing the CPU cooler fans with lower performing ones (see below), so I want a high quality thermal paste to somewhat make up for it.


I also value quietness the most in a computer, so I'm gonna be replacing all the fans in my SilverStone FT02 case and CPU cooler.

120mm - One for the Noctua (if I get it) and one for the FT02 case. I've been using the 500-RPM Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-11 for my current case. Are there any 120mm fans that would be just as quiet?

140mm - One for the Noctua. What's a good, quiet one?

180mm - Three for the FT02 case. Newegg only has five 180mm case fans - would any of these be better/quieter than the stock ones that come with the FT02 case? http://bit.ly/15KBZxc

Thanks!
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#2Snuckie7Posted 9/9/2013 2:03:39 PM
A Noctua U14S with a full set of Noctua case fans all undervolted with the LNAs fits the bill. The stock fans that come with the FT02 have a built in fan controller IIRC that lets you lower the speed.
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#3PyrotechnixxxPosted 9/9/2013 2:16:53 PM
If you want good case fans and can stand the color, Noctua is the way to go.
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#4Killah PriestPosted 9/9/2013 2:21:07 PM
silverstone makes great fans, I'd try them before ditching them for different fans.
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#5Spacewhizguy(Topic Creator)Posted 9/9/2013 2:55:13 PM
Snuckie7 posted...
A Noctua U14S with a full set of Noctua case fans all undervolted with the LNAs fits the bill. The stock fans that come with the FT02 have a built in fan controller IIRC that lets you lower the speed.

Why would the U14S be a better choice than the D14?

Pyrotechnixxx posted...
If you want good case fans and can stand the color, Noctua is the way to go.

I don't care about looks. Just performance.

Killah Priest posted...
silverstone makes great fans, I'd try them before ditching them for different fans.

Their fans are nice, yeah, but "great" by normal standards is often insufficient for the high standards you need when building a silent PC. You can't compromise at all when going for quiet computing.
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#6Snuckie7Posted 9/9/2013 3:01:34 PM
The U14s comes with a single 15cm fan, which logically should be quieter than two smaller fans.

The benchmarks back this up.

http://www.guru3d.com/index.php?ct=articles&action=file&id=3674&admin=0a8fcaad6b03da6a6895d1ada2e171002a287bc1
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#7Spacewhizguy(Topic Creator)Posted 9/9/2013 3:07:08 PM
What if I buy the D14 but use just one fan? Wouldn't that have better performance since the heatsink is better? And I'll have to look into whether a 140mm x 150mm fan would be any noticeably quieter than a 140mm x 140mm fan.
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#8Snuckie7Posted 9/9/2013 3:12:50 PM
Keep in mind that the one fan on a D14 will be worse than the one fan on a U14S. The cooler may be limited by the amount of airflow rather than the size of the heatsink. You'd have to look up 1 vs. 2 fans benchmarks for the D14 to get an idea.
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