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So in the near future I'm planning on upgrading my from 2011 i7 to a 1151 i7 CPU and have been considering a new cooler. I'm not one to do overclocking (though I'm starting to play with GPU overclocking) so I've always stuck with a basic heat sink.

I've been looking into water coolers for a CPU but don't know much about them, nor have I used one. I assume a few of you members use either a preferred air or water cooler. Do you have any suggestion for a 1151 cooler?
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Air 100%. Quieter, more reliable, consistent performance. The right air cooler will be silent and for no overclock absolutely be more than enough. Thermalright are a beautiful mix of noise suppression and cooling performance. Macho sbm 120 is what I'm using with great results.
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either AIO water unit or air

watercooling is a chore to upkeep imo
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Keep in mind, Scooby's opinion weighs more than mine but I'm in love with my All In One water cooler. There are some awesome, super efficient, quiet air coolers now days for a relatively cheap price. But I just switched over to a cooler master AIO - and I am in love! I was really on the fence about it, but i'm sooo glad I went water. Super quiet, super efficient, it's only 120mm but it works fantastic. You read a lot about smaller radiators getting heat soaked and after 30-45 minutes of running your temps will rise but I haven't had that issue at all. It's nice not having to worry about your temps - but if you aren't buying a K chip - I guess air is fine. I just HATE how obnoxiously huge most air coolers are, it just sketches me out. But then again, I was very sketched out in the first few days of being on water! lol


The 212 Evo's seem to be pretty popular. I have no experience with them.
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Problem with water cooling, including AIO is they have a shelf life. Their performance degrades over time and the AIO being sealed, are pretty much trash after that.

Not sure how long the usable life of one is, but my last build went 5 years or so and it was nice not having to ever worry about the cooler in that timeframe.
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I've been using the Corsair aios since 2013 or so, never had any issues with them. Dead silent, you can manage the profiles, no issues with worrying about hitting your memory with fans, etc. Not one issue ever. My 7600k idles around 29c, and its 75* in the house normally.

Edit- the corsair stuff comes with a 5 year warranty.
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Problem with water cooling, including AIO is they have a shelf life. Their performance degrades over time and the AIO being sealed, are pretty much trash after that.

Not sure how long the usable life of one is, but my last build went 5 years or so and it was nice not having to ever worry about the cooler in that timeframe.
That's a great point on longevity. They definitely have a shelf life, especially when using a cheap ass one like I have! I'm just waiting for that bitch to leak and ruin my day. That is ALWAYS in the back of my mind. Water doesn't belong in a computer!
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Edit- the corsair stuff comes with a 5 year warranty.
But i'm almost positive that doesn't include your hardware if the AIO leaks. I think there's only like 1 company that does that.
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I've been using the Corsair aios since 2013 or so, never had any issues with them. Dead silent, you can manage the profiles, no issues with worrying about hitting your memory with fans, etc. Not one issue ever. My 7600k idles around 29c, and its 75* in the house normally.

Edit- the corsair stuff comes with a 5 year warranty.
I see it as a risk vs. reward. The risk is a pump failure and/or performance loss while being higher cost and generally producing more noise between the water pump and higher pressure fans. Air is virtually risk free and depending on the cooler, can be compatible with just about every setup and silent, while being cheaper and performing near water.

For reference my 7700k @ 4.8 idles 27c with max in stress test at 70c. It cost 48 bucks and is barely audible in a dead silent room with fans at 100%. Using my normal fan profile you literally cannot hear it...breathing through my nose makes more noise.

There's no benefit in my mind to AIO here...unless I wanted to push the limits of 5.2+ but even then you have to worry about heat soak on the AIO as it won't scrub the heat over sustained load as well at those higher voltages.
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I see it as a risk vs. reward. The risk is a pump failure and/or performance loss while being higher cost and generally producing more noise between the water pump and higher pressure fans. Air is virtually risk free and depending on the cooler, can be compatible with just about every setup and silent, while being cheaper and performing near water.

For reference my 7700k @ 4.8 idles 27c with max in stress test at 70c. It cost 48 bucks and is barely audible in a dead silent room with fans at 100%. Using my normal fan profile you literally cannot hear it...breathing through my nose makes more noise.

There's no benefit in my mind to AIO here...unless I wanted to push the limits of 5.2+ but even then you have to worry about heat soak on the AIO as it won't scrub the heat over sustained load as well at those higher voltages.
Yeah man that sounds pretty cool. I haven't taken this off the quiet setting either. Definitely sounds like its more cost effective too.
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Noctua DH14 is amazing for me. Silent. Cool at .4ghz overclock
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I ended up watercooling with a CM H65I

but I overclocked and my AMD processor was getting to 68C on air when under a lot of load, like rendering shaders for UE4. now it tops out at about 60, funny thing is for games it never goes above 40.
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I've been running a hyper 212 since 2012. I don't know if I would call it quiet but it does a good job keeping my 3570k cool at 4ghz.

The cryorig h7 is supposed to be a great air cooler and be fairly quiet.
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I ended up getting a 212 as well. Knocked my temps down around 21 c at load at 15 at idle so I'm definitely happy with the result.
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