best cpu cooling ? air vs water?

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hi , i have this case, coguar mx300 and i think i dont have space for a radiator at least a big one, my cpu is the i7 7700k and i overheating all the time, u think i should go with some corsair with a small radiator or with air flow ?
 

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There is no instance where a CLC type water cooler beats a comparable priced air cooler. For example, for a $110 Corsair H100i to get close to a $90 air cooler (Noctua NH-D15 / Cryorig R1 - Universal), it has to be 12 times as loud and still it loses by 3C. And the Scyther Mugen Max matches the performance of the those $90 air coolers for just $37 ... so does the Scythe Fima for $45

This review listed the allowable CPU height as "about 160mm".

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/cougar_mx300_review/4.htm

The Mugen max is 161 / the Fuma is 149 mm tall so that would be my recommendation here



It will crush anything else in its price range, most of which it tops by 10C

 

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http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/cougar_mx300_review/
suggests it's unlikely you'll fit a 240mm radiator up top cause of vram clearance. Might try the front but I think those drive cages aren't removable so that's a bust as well. Not sure if rads smaller than 240 will keep up with 7700k better than something like NH-D15 would.
If you go with air cooling, make sure you get both 120 in front filled with fans. I'm assuming your back 120 fan is already in there and you can stick one more 120 in top back spot. If you're still heating up, you can add side fans but keep in mind these have to be speed controlled to lower speeds else they'll just mess up the airflow in the case and not help the temperature situation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OmkmluAYAQ Good video on this effect of case fans on temps.
 

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ty but the fuma is not selling on my county some other brand ? nectua is it ;/ i am from argentina bbtw
 

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130usd???? That's...no that's too expensive. I got the NH-U14S for like 80-90 canadian and that's a bigger model and that's like 65 usd?
130 is a ripoff.
 

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is argentina the h100i v2 is on 230 xdddd
 

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Omg. And you have no access to scythe models? Or cryorig h5 or h7? Or deepcool gammaxx 400? Or hyper 212 EVo? Arctic freezer i32? Anything that's a little more reasonable price?
 

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https://listado.mercadolibre.com.ar/gammaxx#D[A:gammaxx-] gammax 600 is like 38
 

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Well no that's very decent then. The review shows it's pretty good in cooling and price performance and that's about the price you're to expect from a cpu cooler on a budget. But what's your current cooler? I'm not sure how much better this one will be.
And how many case fans do you have?
 

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i have 4 of 120mm and the defualt on the back, and on the cpu i have the default of intel, my pc shut down on big games beacause of that xd
 

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Ahh yes stock coolers aren't terrific. Any third party cooler will make an improvement. You've got 2 front, 2 sides and 1 in the back? Or something like that?
 

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idk what u mean with third party impovements but yes xd i have 1 on the bac but 2 on top not fron and 2 sides, and the cpu default. btw i cant put 2 more on the front
 

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Ok wait. Do you have any at the front? As there is space for two?
Third party means any of the cpu coolers produced by companies other than intel. So like noctua and deepcool and cryorig and so on.
 

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yea mx300 coguar have for 2 more on the fron 120mm but i didnt putted anything beacause i thinked that i could put the h100i v2 that i know that i cant right now so i am looking what should i buy for cpu and then might buy 2 more for front
 

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If you don't use the drive cages, take them out, then put two from the side, to the front. That provides more directed flow from front bottom to top back to feed into the cpu cooler, rather than from the side.
 

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You know, I like noctua, I have it myself. But if the difference was between $38 and $120 just for brand and maybe a degree or two difference in temperature (or not depending on the model), then I'd go deepcool.
 

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lol only 1 or 2 c well i think i will buy this xd
https://articulo.mercadolibre.com.ar/MLA-616849440-cooler-cpu-deepcool-lucifer-k2-oc-rendimiento-extremo-unico-_JM this or https://articulo.mercadolibre.com.ar/MLA-653757021-cpu-cooler-deepcool-gammaxx-400-led-intel-amd-overclock-_JM this ?
 

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Well if you read that review of deepcool gammaxx 400 I linked, you'll see it actually performs better than NH-U12S. While I seriously doubt it outperforms something like NH-D15, that one is very big and bulky, won't fit in every case, and who even knows how much it costs. It's just not worth it.
I don't know the performance of that first one linked. The second one is what I have a review on (the blue one) : http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/deepcool-gammaxx-400-slim-tower-cpu-cooler,4460-2.html
so that's the only one I can recommend without looking more into reviews of that red, thicker model you linked.
 

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