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Hi there!

 

So I'm finally throwing my shitty CPU cooler out of the window. 80c on my i7700k running at stock speed, undervolted doesn't cut it anymore. I want to be able to overclock, and not babysit my temps all day long.

 

So, what are some good 280mm AIO coolers out there? The ones I've been trying to do some research regarding is the NZXT Kraken X62 280mm, Corsair Hydro H115i PRO RGB, Corsair Hydro H110i, and the EVGA CLC 280. 

 

Anything under 200 bucks is fine. push/pull support would be cool as well, and 280mm is a most. Other than that, feel free to give me suggestions! 

 

Have a wonderful monday. :)

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I have a CLC 280 on my R7 2700X, it's a great cooler (also have the CLC 120 on my R5 1600). If you have the space for it though, you could go for the Noctua NH-D15S, it's quieter than the CLC 280 and cools about as well as a 240-280mm rad. I have one on my i5 8600K, it still hits 83C under stress tests (5Ghz @1.318-1.328v or so), but stays below 70C or so in gaming IIRC. 

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1 minute ago, Zando Bob said:

I have a CLC 280 on my R7 2700X, it's a great cooler (also have the CLC 120 on my R5 1600). If you have the space for it though, you could go for the Noctua NH-D15S, it's quieter than the CLC 280 and cools about as well as a 240-280mm rad. I have one on my i5 8600K, it still hits 83C under stress tests (5Ghz @1.318-1.328v or so), but stays below 70C or so in gaming IIRC. 

unfortunately my case is too small for any high end air cooler. I've looked at both noctua and be quiet's option in that aspect.

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Just now, spree said:

unfortunately my case is too small for any high end air cooler. I've looked at both noctua and be quiet's option in that aspect.

Ah, then I'd go with the EVGA CLC 280, it's a great price. If your budget is $200 you can easily afford new fans too, the stock ones are kinda loud at anything above 30-40% or so (around 1100rpm). I have a 120mm BeQuiet! SilentWings 3 (the high speed 2200rpm one) on my CLC 120, don't think I've ever heard it, they have to get up to a darn high RPM and then you just hear the actual air whooshing. If they have a 140mm variant that should be amazing on the CLC 280. 

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1 minute ago, Zando Bob said:

Ah, then I'd go with the EVGA CLC 280, it's a great price. If your budget is $200 you can easily afford new fans too, the stock ones are kinda loud at anything above 30-40% or so (around 1100rpm). I have a 120mm BeQuiet! SilentWings 3 (the high speed 2200rpm one) on my CLC 120, don't think I've ever heard it, they have to get up to a darn high RPM and then you just hear the actual air whooshing. If they have a 140mm variant that should be amazing on the CLC 280. 

I've heard good things about that cooler, well other than the fan design. I have a pair of noctua 140mm fans laying around, so I would probably switch those out anyway. 

Thank you for your answer btw. :)

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1 minute ago, spree said:

I've heard good things about that cooler, well other than the fan design. I have a pair of noctua 140mm fans laying around, so I would probably switch those out anyway. 

Thank you for your answer btw. :)

Noctuas would be awesome as well, other than the default color being strange poop brown/fleshy tan they're awesome. Thankfully their newer ones are available in black. 

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13 minutes ago, Zando Bob said:

Noctuas would be awesome as well, other than the default color being strange poop brown/fleshy tan they're awesome. Thankfully their newer ones are available in black. 

Quick question, some of these AIO coolers come with a USB cord in order to control lightning and speeds.

On my motherboard (see picture) where am I suppose to connect the USB from the pump? 

 

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Just now, spree said:

Quick question, some of these AIO coolers come with a USB cord in order to control lightning and speeds.

On my motherboard (see picture) where am I suppose to connect the USB from the pump? 

 

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F_USB1 and F_USB2 are the front panel USB 2.0 headers, your case will use one, plug the AIO into the other. You'll only have conflicts if you also run an RGB controller or something that also wants a USB 2.0 header. 

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Just now, Zando Bob said:

F_USB1 and F_USB2 are the front panel USB 2.0 headers, your case will use one, plug the AIO into the other. You'll only have conflicts if you also run an RGB controller or something that also wants a USB 2.0 header. 

Thanks mate! I thought it was one of those. But then I saw the F_USB30 at the top and got confused.

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Just now, spree said:

Thanks mate! I thought it was one of those. But then I saw the F_USB30 at the top and got confused.

Those look like USB 3.0 headers, kinds surprised yours has two. My Crosshair VII only has one, but then it also has a USB 3.1 or whatevs type-c header for any newer cases that support that. 

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Why is it running at 80c tho ?Was the cooler installed right ?How hot is the room the pc is in ?

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9 hours ago, andrewmp6 said:

Why is it running at 80c tho ?Was the cooler installed right ?How hot is the room the pc is in ?

80c at 100% load.

I have done plenty of research regarding this, apperently the i7 7700k is just a super hot chip. And with my 20 bucks cooler I shouldn't expect it below 80c.

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Swiftech H240x2 (280mm) or if you want the better newer version you are limited to a h220x3 (240mm) or a h320x3 (360mm)

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10 hours ago, spree said:

80c at 100% load.

I have done plenty of research regarding this, apperently the i7 7700k is just a super hot chip. And with my 20 bucks cooler I shouldn't expect it below 80c.

Have you delided it ?

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