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Best air cooler for CPU?

#1oj_simpson007Posted 9/16/2013 12:32:03 PM
In preparation for BF4 I am wanting to overclock my CPU to about 4.5 GHz because as is right now im dropping to about 45-50 frames on 64 player servers on larger maps. I expect the same or more for BF4 so I want to give my system a boost.

Im not really interesting in watercooling I just want a good fan to keep it at a reasonable temp. Does anyone have any suggestions for good fans for CPU's.

BTW I have the side of my PC case off because my GPU runs pretty hot and it just helps the heat escape so I guess you can factor that in as well
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#2greenyoshi46Posted 9/16/2013 12:36:10 PM
oj_simpson007 posted...
In preparation for BF4 I am wanting to overclock my CPU to about 4.5 GHz because as is right now im dropping to about 45-50 frames on 64 player servers on larger maps. I expect the same or more for BF4 so I want to give my system a boost.

Im not really interesting in watercooling I just want a good fan to keep it at a reasonable temp. Does anyone have any suggestions for good fans for CPU's.

BTW I have the side of my PC case off because my GPU runs pretty hot and it just helps the heat escape so I guess you can factor that in as well


Stock is good.
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#3NicodimusPosted 9/16/2013 12:36:54 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Noctua-Low-Profile-Cooler-Retail-Cooling/dp/B009VY1PMI/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

I use a Hyper 212 Evo, and it's fine, but I think next time I will get something more like that.
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#4AlleRacingPosted 9/16/2013 12:39:47 PM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608024

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835709004

I think these two are still the top rated. I think Silverstone and Thermalright also have a top tier cooler, can't remember which ones they are off the top of my head.
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#5Snuckie7Posted 9/16/2013 12:43:26 PM(edited)
Those low profile Noctua CPU coolers don't perform very well at all.

I'd get one with a bigger heatsink e.g. the U14S or the NH-D14.

AlleRacing posted...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608024

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835709004

I think these two are still the top rated. I think Silverstone and Thermalright also have a top tier cooler, can't remember which ones they are off the top of my head.

You're probably thinking of the Thermalright Silver Arrow and the Silverstone HE02, although the HE02 doesn't come with a fan.
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#6oj_simpson007(Topic Creator)Posted 9/16/2013 12:45:30 PM
cool thanks for the suggestions
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#7ShubPosted 9/16/2013 12:45:56 PM
If you want the best, then look into these coolers:
Phanteks TC14PE
Noctua NH-D14
Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E Extreme
or whatever Prolimatech's latest behemoth is.

If you just want something good and value oriented, the ubiquitous Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO will do the job, and its price/performance ratio is hard to beat.
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