Best CPU Cooler for i7 980X @4.0ghz +

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Hi, I have an i7 980 and I recently got interested in oveclocking CPU's. So I decided to start reading about it,
I have now tested to overclock several old cpu's on my ASUS Rampage III Formula motherboard with success, and I now want to try it with the i7 980. I have only used my stock cooler so far, so I need a better cooler, I would like to overclock the cpu quite allot, to >4GHz. So I would like a very good cooler, it doesn't have to be air cooled but needs a simple installment, not a water cooler where I have to change the water every 6 months..
I was thinking about the H70 as my friend has overclocked his cpu to very high speeds with it, but I really want the best, regardless of price.
Might not help but here are my specs:
CPU: i7 980
PSU: Corsair 1000W
RAM: 3x2gb 2000mhz Corsair dominator
GPU: 1x ASUS 470 GTX
MOBO: Asus Rampage III Formula
Case: Corsair 800D
HDD: 2x WD Green Caviar 1TB 7500rpm

Thanks,
Alex.
 

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I've heard allot about the Noctua but do you know how it compares to lets say, the Corsair H70?

Also, are these the best completely, or didn't you count in the simple Liquid coolers? :)

Thanks,

Alex.
 
As a general rule big air provides as good or better performance as the top of the line closed loop water coolers. I just used the Corsair H100 and I walked away feeling I got as good of performance from the Cooler Master hyper 212 + with 2 fans. I would go with the Noctua NH-D14.



Christian Wood
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Thanks! I will most likely by the noctua unless someone comes up with a better cooler.
Anyway, do you know a site where i can compare coolers?
 
Would you like to go custom watercooling? With something like an xspc raystorm/rasa kit? It performs much better than any heatsink, however costs more. You can keep your temperatures <10C of ambient temperature, where as a heatsink will have temperatures rougly 30-50C above ambient temperature.
 

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As long as I don't need to change the liquid and do lots of stuff for maintenance, then sure, why not? :)