Does this CPU cooler make me look fat?

I have a Cooler Master Elite 430. I am swapping out an AMD CPU+MB with a high-end Intel system (4770K + Gigabyte z87 OC Force). My case cannot support a 240mm liquid cooler, but it can do a 120mm AIO or a huge tower cooler. 

I am thinking Noctua 14S or a CM Neptune 120XL. I have also considered the Silverstone TD 120mm liquid cooler. My case is loaded with high-end fans (Noctua, NoiseBlocker, Scythe), but I have an open GPU, the EVGA 970 SC. I think my case has good airflow, but limited cooling options.

What cooler do you recommend? 



Any idea if your case would fit a Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK? It's only $5 more than the Noctua NH-U14S and will perform much better.

I thought the PH-TC14PE_BK was older and did not perform as well.

Get this Scythe cooler cause it looks like an engine, vroom.


lol no but seriously I do like that Phanteks cooler but i'm not an air cooling connoisseur  so as far as something else being better?... eh not really sure. but it's very high quality.

Nuff said it will beat any 120 aio period

Is a Cooler Master V8 better than the Cryorig R1 ultimate? The review on this site sold me. That is what I am leaning towards.

The Cooler Master V8 GTS appears to be kinda mediocre whereas the Cryorig R1 Ultimate appears to be one of the best air coolers on the market.

So is the Cryorig R1 ultimate the way to go? Can I use it with my Corsair Vengeance RAM? What coolers can I use?

Cryorig R1, Phanteks PH-TC14PE, Thermalright Silver Arrow, Akasa Venom Medusa, and Thermaltake Frio Extreme, and be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 are all similar designs and should be within a few degrees C of each other. I know the R1 is designed for tall RAM, but I'm not sure about the others.

Every cooler here mentioned will beat 120 mm AIO liquid coolers. So it just goes to show that unless your doing custom loop or at least a 240mm aio liquid cooler there really isnt a good reason to go liquid unless you really want to :D

Yes, you can with the Cryorig R1 Universal ( and ). If you choose to go with R1 Ultimate you have to install the fans differently.

I have a CM 140XL and it's literally only 2 to 3 degrees warmer than an H100i at full load.

I have a Noctua NH-D14 and If I had to replace it I would have the CryoRig R1 Ultimate.

I'm voting for the r1 ultimate.  If RAM clearance is an issue, just move the fan to the other side and have a pull pull set up, same performance, different side.  I dont think there will be an issue with the physical heatsink being in the way of the RAM, there wasn't on my AM3+ board (Crosshair 5 formula-z)

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