Bang for Buck AIO CPU Cooler

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  1. Skramit

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    I’ve always had air coolers, but looking at a AIO for my new build. Are there any AIO coolers OCAU generally recommend? I’m trying to stay under $200 and hopefully score a bargain in the coming sales. Something 240 or 280mm.... is that where you get good cooling and low noise? Any brands to recommend or avoid?

    I don’t need extreme performance. Will likely just have a mild overclock.

    when googling reviews, every site seems to get very different results :confused: so much so I assume most of them are paid adverts rather than reviews.
     
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    Different sites different hardware setups different test programs,different results, good air coolers are pretty close to the best AIO's I have a corsair 100i its fine temp wise but noisy when the fans ramp right up. I find AIOs are easier to install don't have to worry about memory height as much and neater, if you care
     
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    CPU model of your new build would help :)

    You could be using a 165W TDP monster, or a more noble 95W TDP. We don't know. :lol:
     
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    Whichever one comes with the fans you like visually, because the majority of the performance is from the fans, and if you're saving money you won't be changing your fans, even if they're shit and make performance suffer.

    If you ARE looking for performance, any that comes with 38mm thick radiators, or all copper radiators (Bequiet), or higher end fans (like Corsair ML, or Asus/Noctua)

    Either of which you can cool perferctly fine with a 120mm aio.
     
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    Best one I have seen for that price is the MaterCool 360.
    I use one and it's not perfect but better than anything else I have tried .
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    3700x
     
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    Fractal design Celsius S24 does me fine for my bedroom PC, quiet and cool no complaints although not sure how bang for buck it is, depends what you're after (and I avoid Corsair).
     
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    Well I’ve ordered the silverstone 360mm aio for $147. Gets some decent reviews despite being a bit noisy at full speed given 2200 rpm fans, but given its size it’s unlikely to be running at full fan speed for my setup. Will see how it goes.
     
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    Any 360 cooler should be ok .
    Just make sure you measure your temps at different frequencies if you OC
    If you don't OC , just see what temps your processor is running at and post here .
     
  11. OJR

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    Is it school holidays or something?
     
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    +1 for the Fractal design Celsius S24.

    Keeps my 9900k nice a cool whilst being pretty much silent.
     
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    You replied, so it must be.
     
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    How did you go with this unit?
    I've been eyeing off the same unit, as if the fans are too noisy, it's the cheapest 360 option to then put Noctua's on...
     
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    Fine so far.
    I run the fans pretty low about 800rpm and had to play around a lot with the fan curve to keep the noise down. But even with low RPM it keeps my OC 3700x very cool still even under sythentic stress tests. I also found running the pump at 50% most of the time is basically silent. At 100% pump it’s just a barely audible whirrr

    happy with my decision for a 360 rad aio for $100 less than most of the bigger brands.
     
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    Those fractal coolers are really good, I had a 24 for a while and it was simple, no frills, just did the job and stayed quiet.
     
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    I have the 360 fractal. Great cooler. Quiet.
     
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    Apparently Artic liquid freezer II 360 is the new bang for buck liquid cooler if you can get them at the normal price, I ordered one and it is still waiting to be shipped :( I miss those days you could get a Fractal S36 for around 150 now its no more...
     
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  19. macktheknife

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    If you don't care too much about noise then the CLC 280 has insane fans (that can spin as fast as the Noctua Industrials) and gets really good results. It's not bad at lower speeds either.
     

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