H75 Vs NH-L12

Hey guys,

I've almost finished my build but I'm still uncertain on the cooler I should use.

Top priorities are silence and price-to-performance, so keep that in mind.

This is a build for gaming which I will overclock slightly (4.0-4.3GHz) if I feel it is needed.

Cheapest AIO I've found is the Seidon 120V but I'm worried the cooling will be inadequate while generating unwanted noise.

I'm trying to keep the price under £1000.


PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/QJgQf7

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor  (£155.99 @ Aria PC)

CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler  (£83.88 @ Amazon UK)

Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Impact Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard  (Purchased For £131.22)

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory  (Purchased For £56.70)

Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  (£78.10 @ Aria PC)

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  (£52.79 @ Aria PC)

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Superclocked ACX Video Card  (Purchased For £336.00)

Case: Corsair 250D Mini ITX Tower Case  (Purchased For £65.00)

Power Supply: Corsair RM 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  (Purchased For £68.00)

Total: £1027.68

I'm also looking at the NH C14, which I guess will perform at the levels of the H75.

Will it clear the riser boards and G.Skill RAM however?


If you can , get the nh u14 ? that's a very good cooler , if you want liquid , get a cheap aio ( h55 or 620 ) and stick a noctua fan onto it .

I did that for my 3570 k and h620 and it made it pretty silent.

I don't think the NH U14 can fit in the 250D, whereas the NH C14 will.

I'm a bit worried about pump noise rather than fan noise for the AIO units, wouldn't the noctua air coolers be quieter?

I'm trying to save as much money as possible, so not having to buy a $15 fan is a big pus


Honestly, you'll probably be happier with the C14. The performance looks really good.