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  1.    04 Feb 2018 #11

    stealth2920 said: View Post
    I use the Noctua NH-D15s and it is awesome. Able to overclock to 5 hz with no issues at all. I have a large case however. This is a big tower cooler.
    What case do you use? I have discovered this cooler is on the large side.
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  2.    04 Feb 2018 #12

    24c said: View Post
    What case do you use? I have discovered this cooler is on the large side.
    I have an older CoolerMaster HAF full size case that would hold my car. This tower is tall. I don't know if a midsize case would hold it. Would depend how wide the case is. Maybe someone here has a midsize case that holds large tower coolers. Noctua air coolers are great and quiet. Sometimes I wonder if my computer is even on even when playing most games I can hardly hear it.
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       04 Feb 2018 #13

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  4. Geneo's Avatar
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       05 Feb 2018 #14

    The D15s will give more RAM and graphics card clearance than the D15. Having said that, I had a D15 on two motherboards in a mid-sized case (Fractal Design R4). With the Hero VI I had good clearance all around, with the Code X I have very little clearance on the graphics card (but it does clear, just a PITA clipping the fan in - see below). If you decide to go with a Noctua, they have excellent information on their site on fitting with different motherboards and RAM

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       06 Feb 2018 #15

    I have no experience with the D15, I have never used it. I just assume it is an improvement over the D14, which I have used on quite a few builds. The size can cause a few issues, all just need work arounds and like GeneO said, just a pain. But, it will certainly do the job, which is why you buy one. It is probably the best air cooler you can get, IMO. For it's size, the mounting and installation is surprisingly easy.

    As for overclocking, I am with everyone else. If you want to overclock, learn the bios. It's the only way to go. I won't install AI Suite. It can cause some serious problems. My experience with it is that it will overvolt everything. My experience is also that you can usually overclock higher with lower voltage than the AI Suite will do. Plus, you will know which settings were changed and by how much, which you should always know about your BIOS. The 8700K is pretty easy to overclock but like every other CPU, requires a learning curve. Just my opinions.
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  6.    06 Feb 2018 #16

    I ordered the D-15s - will be here today - but not for another 7 hours or so -

    I ordered this case - it looks like nothing I have ever used before and if all else fails I may be able to move into it.
    I'll be expanding my comfort zone on this build - will follow suggest about BIOS overclocking - expect this case to present some challanges I'm not used to with the traditional upright cases.
    All the lastest drivers and manual d/l from the ASUS site - I'm good to go.

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       06 Feb 2018 #17

    Nice case. I think you'll like the D15s. You have plenty of room for the D15.
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  8.    06 Feb 2018 #18

    essenbe said: View Post
    Nice case. I think you'll like the D15s. You have plenty of room for the D15.
    I'm looking forward to using it - may have to forget I am a mature 74 year old adult, jump in my truck and track down the UPS driver -
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  9.    06 Feb 2018 #19

    Also I would use the paste that comes with the cooler as I did and works great. I have built a few computers and this was a pretty easy install.
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  10. essenbe's Avatar
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       06 Feb 2018 #20

    I don't have that cooler anymore, but I still use that thermal paste, always. It's real good.
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