Question Air or water cooler for a i7-10700k

Phaaze88

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It's nice to have options, but if you have a specific goal in mind:
Not overclocking: big air = 240mm, or higher
Going to tinker with overclocking: 280mm and higher

What is the gpu, as it can have a minor/major influence on the above.
 
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Hello Good sir,

Will you be Overclocking? or desire a silent PC?

The 10700k pull around 250watts on a all core overclock and around 140 watt@ stock. I would use a 240mm rad for stock or a 360mm for overclocking.

I use this with my 10850k
https://www.amazon.com/ARCTIC-Liquid-Freezer-All-One/dp/B07WP6M7P7/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=artic+cpu+cooler&qid=1616301750&sr=8-3&th=1

https://slickdeals.net/f/14903671-cooler-master-masterliquid-ml240l-rgb-aio-liquid-cooler-newegg-ar-57?src=catpagev2
this also is a good 240mm rad for 57$

Edited. Upvoted Paaze88 as I agree with him
 
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It's nice to have options, but if you have a specific goal in mind:
Not overclocking: big air = 240mm, or higher
Going to tinker with overclocking: 280mm and higher

What is the gpu, as it can have a minor/major influence on the above.
I plan on using a 2060 super and yes i will be doing some OC but nothing too high.

Btw love your "cake is a lie" quote lol and what you said about that is so true
 
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Hello Good sir,

Will you be Overclocking? or desire a silent PC?

The 10700k pull around 250watts on a all core overclock and around 140 watt@ stock. I would use a 240mm rad for stock or a 360mm for overclocking.

I use this with my 10850k
https://www.amazon.com/ARCTIC-Liquid-Freezer-All-One/dp/B07WP6M7P7/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=artic+cpu+cooler&qid=1616301750&sr=8-3&th=1

https://slickdeals.net/f/14903671-cooler-master-masterliquid-ml240l-rgb-aio-liquid-cooler-newegg-ar-57?src=catpagev2
this also is a good 240mm rad for 57$

Edited. Upvoted Paaze88 as I agree with him
Good Morning JTK
I will be doing some OC but mainly I need the quietness, I had this nosiy pc for about 5 years and it's now the loudest and driving me nuts lol. I have a cooler master 140 cooler atm
 

Phaaze88

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I plan on using a 2060 super and yes i will be doing some OC but nothing too high.
280mm or better then. The 10 gen cpus are very power efficient with the Intel stock profiles. With overclocking, that goes out the window.
2060 Super: Ok, that's not bad at all. That won't have a major effect on a top radiator mount if you choose to do that.

mainly I need the quietness
Pumps are quieter than fans, but the fans on hybrid coolers can be more audible than fans on some air coolers - IF you let them. Always set your own fan curves.
To get through the air resistance caused by the radiator + where ever you may place it in your chassis, the fans need to have a little more 'umph'.
 
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Noctua coolers are very quiet.
Here is their suitability chart for the I7-10700K:
https://ncc.noctua.at/cpus/model/Intel-Core-i7-10700K-416

If your case has 160mm available, NH-D15s is as quiet as it gets.

From what I see, the turbo management of the I7-10700K really negates the need for overclocking if you are a gamer.
If your workload is batch multithreaded apps, then all core overclocking may be in order.
Regardless, buy a motherboard with robust vrm cooling capability.

What is your case?
Quiet computing starts with a case that uses slower moving 140 or even 200mm fans.
 
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Noctua coolers are very quiet.
Here is their suitability chart for the I7-10700K:
https://ncc.noctua.at/cpus/model/Intel-Core-i7-10700K-416

If your case has 160mm available, NH-D15s is as quiet as it gets.

From what I see, the turbo management of the I7-10700K really negates the need for overclocking if you are a gamer.
If your workload is batch multithreaded apps, then all core overclocking may be in order.
Regardless, buy a motherboard with robust vrm cooling capability.

What is your case?
Quiet computing starts with a case that uses slower moving 140 or even 200mm fans.
Thanks a lot for the help i just got a Phanteks Eclipse P500A
 
Nice case, you have 190mm available for a NH-D15s; in now comes in black which looks good.

Cooling is similar to the NH-D15 but ths has better ram clearance and is offset in case your motherboard positions the cpu too close to the first pcie slot.
 
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