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    Yeah having done some more research most people seem to suggest the 1600x isn't worth the price difference. I'll change it soon, might be able to drop in a 1060 or 1070 which would make it an even better machine than the Intel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zekk Pacus View Post
    I've gone with the Thermalright cooler over the Noctua cooler for the high-end builds because there's been some concern about Noctua fans coming out of China recently and until I see a response from Noctua I'm not happy recommending them. It's most likely nothing.
    Any other recommendations for CPU coolers, I'm looking to put together something with the Ryzen 1700x but finding the Thermalright cooler listed in stock anywhere (reputable) is proving to be a challenge.


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    Scythe Mugen 5 PCGH Edition

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    I'm actually happy to recommend the Noctua once more - someone (I want to say gamers nexus but I can't be sure) did a proper study on it, the end result was the chinese-made fans are absolutely fine, and Noctua's always been awful at colour matching anyway - I have four Noctua fans in my PC from four different batches and there's large colour differences in them.

    The Scythe is also actually fine, but I like Noctua coolers for their easy mounting system.

    Other solid choices include the Dark Rock Pro 3 - be sure that whatever one you go with, you either pick up the AM4 version or you get an AM4 mounting kit.
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    My Scythe coolers have been a bit fiddly to install (I've had two so far). Performance and noise levels are excellent to make up for that, and they come in very colourful retail boxes with lots of exclamation marks (!) and numbers(!) everywhere. I'm sure Noctua coolers are as good though.

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    Yeah they're virtually silent and also easy to install.

    One of the nice things about them that I really appreciate is their dedication to always update their mounting kits so that you can reuse your old cooler. They'll even give it to you for free as long as you provide a receipt for the cpu and mobo.

    (But then you'd have a cpu and mobo sitting there while you're waiting for the mounting kit to arrive so I obviously just buy one along with the mobo and cpu and get to assembling it asap.)

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    Scythe also provide mounting kits for older model coolers, but they charge a bit for them (4 Euros I think, so broadly speaking shipping costs). They'll also send you spare parts free of charge if you lost something and ask nicely.

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    Noctua's packaging and accessory kit is really second to none - their mounting set up is the best I've ever used (I've installed a LOT of coolers over the years personally and professionally) and the D15 kicks my old single-rad AIO into a cocked hat in terms of cooling vs noise. They also include a serious amount of accessories - splitter cables, low noise adapters, etc, and even some thermal compound that's not hot garbage.

    I mean generally, I would go Noctua, Scythe or be quiet!, with Cryorig as an outsider and Thermalright in specific cases.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zekk Pacus View Post
    I'm actually happy to recommend the Noctua once more - someone (I want to say gamers nexus but I can't be sure) did a proper study on it, the end result was the chinese-made fans are absolutely fine, and Noctua's always been awful at colour matching anyway - I have four Noctua fans in my PC from four different batches and there's large colour differences in them.

    The Scythe is also actually fine, but I like Noctua coolers for their easy mounting system.

    Other solid choices include the Dark Rock Pro 3 - be sure that whatever one you go with, you either pick up the AM4 version or you get an AM4 mounting kit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zekk Pacus View Post
    Noctua's packaging and accessory kit is really second to none - their mounting set up is the best I've ever used (I've installed a LOT of coolers over the years personally and professionally) and the D15 kicks my old single-rad AIO into a cocked hat in terms of cooling vs noise. They also include a serious amount of accessories - splitter cables, low noise adapters, etc, and even some thermal compound that's not hot garbage.

    I mean generally, I would go Noctua, Scythe or be quiet!, with Cryorig as an outsider and Thermalright in specific cases.
    C, I'm been quite pleased with my Noctua cooler, even without the LNA (which I really should install).
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    Seems I out of rep for you Zekk, but thanks for the input Gents. Went Noctua in the end.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Overspark View Post

    Actually, the non-X seems to overclock just as well as the X for most people. With some effort they all top out at roughly 4 GHz anyway. Most sites are recommending the non-X because of that, combined with the healthy price difference and the missing cooler on the X. Personally I'm planning to buy an 1600X in the near future, so I agree with your suggested build, but not everyone does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Calks View Post
    Seems I out of rep for you Zekk, but thanks for the input Gents. Went Noctua in the end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zekk Pacus View Post
    Noctua's packaging and accessory kit is really second to none - their mounting set up is the best I've ever used (I've installed a LOT of coolers over the years personally and professionally) and the D15 kicks my old single-rad AIO into a cocked hat in terms of cooling vs noise. They also include a serious amount of accessories - splitter cables, low noise adapters, etc, and even some thermal compound that's not hot garbage.

    I mean generally, I would go Noctua, Scythe or be quiet!, with Cryorig as an outsider and Thermalright in specific cases.
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    +1 for noctua. I've heard good things about phanteks too, but they are a bit hard to find where I live.
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    If Iím going to be playing exclusively strategy games should I go for a 1700/1800 or a 7700?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Aea View Post
    If I’m going to be playing exclusively strategy games should I go for a 1700/1800 or a 7700?


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    I doubt you'll notice any difference TBH.

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    I dunno. Those types of games are notoriously unoptimized and go to shit late game.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Aea View Post
    I dunno. Those types of games are notoriously unoptimized and go to shit late game.


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    Then some of them will be optimized for moar cores and the others will be optimized for moar GHz. I doubt you can pick a clear winner beforehand, unless you're limiting yourself to only a few games and find out which chips they run better on.

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    Stellaris, Endless Space 2 (although this runs like a champ) and TW WH 1/2. Some CIV too but not a lot.

    Iím leaning towards intel just because of the higher per core clock speeds.


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