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April 9, 2013 6:50:06 PM

Howdy all,
I am currently purchasing the final parts I need to make my new system build and I am after a bit of guidance from any tech veterans around here.

I believe I might have dived into this whole thing a wee bit fast without researching enough first (lesson learned for my next build, whenever that may be) and I've just discovered that I will need a CPU cooler if I plan to overclock (which I do, to reap the full benefits of my new processor.)

If anyone could point me in the direction of a CPU cooler model I should look for, I would very much appreciate it.

Here's a list of the parts going in so far including the case, so you guys have an idea of how much space I have to work with and any possible compatibility issues.
If I need a larger case, that can be arranged pretty easily.

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz
    Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LX
    Video Card: ASUS GeForce GTX 660
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP DDR3 16GB (2x8GB)
    Storage: Seagate Barracude 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
    Case: CoolerMaster HAF RC-912
    Power Supply: Corsair 850W TX-850v2
    SSD: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk


    I am considering this as my CPU cooler, but I am not experienced enough to judge whether it will fit my needs or not.
    This is my first time building a system from scratch, so any general tips/suggestions/feedback is very much appreciated.

    Cheers,
    Smoth
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    April 9, 2013 7:08:08 PM

    i would say the cooler master hyper 212
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    April 9, 2013 7:09:01 PM

    You made the right choice getting low profile ram, which really helps and unlocks the ability to choose a CPU cooler. Now to start there are a couple things you will need to know. How far do you want this thing to go? You should fairly easily be able to select by how far you want it to go.

    4.2GHz to 4.4Ghz: Cooler Master Hyper 212 $30
    4.4GHz to 4.6Ghz: Noctua NH-U9B $60
    4.6GHz + Noctua D-14 $80

    I would also recommend you do not go with a closed loop CPU cooler because the performance tends to be lower, and if you are getting a half decent one it should cost $100+, now with that said the Noctua D-14 will end up on top of all but the Swiftech 220, which is more of an open/closed loop cooler anyways.

    The HAF 912 is plenty large for just about every system, you would have to get some form of cooler that nobody has ever seen before to make it not fit...

    If you have not purchased your parts yet, what do you plan on doing with these, because there are some changes you could make so that you can get even more performance for the same amount of money you are willing to spend or save some and still get top of the line performance out of your computer.

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    April 9, 2013 7:09:09 PM

    Looks pretty good. A couple points though:

    You're spending too much on the CPU and too little on the GPU. If you want to game (which most people do) always spend more on the GPU than the CPU. I'd drop to an i5-3570K and either change your GPU for a GTX 670 or a 7950/70. You'll get much, much stronger gaming performance.

    Secondly the power supply is a little overkill. Even with a bigger GPU that draws more power, you aren't going to get anywhere near 850W, unless you add a second GPU in (not really worth it for 99% of people). Get a solid 500-600W unit. Seasonic S12ii 520W would be my recommendation, though the TX series is still solid.

    You really can't go wrong with a Noctua NH-D14 as your CPU cooler. Check out the reviews across the net. It's just such a quality piece of kit, you really can't do much better til you install your own custom water cooling loop. If you want to spend less, the Hyper 212 Evo is very good for the price. EDIT: Burritobob recommended it above so it is defo good! :D 

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    April 9, 2013 7:15:27 PM



    CPU Cooler:Noctua NH-U9B SE2 92mm SSO CPU Cooler
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    CPU Cooler Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 140mm UFB (Updraft Floating Balance) CPU Cooler
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    CPU Cooler:Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    CPU Cooler:COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    CPU Cooler:COOLER MASTER V6 GT RR-V6GT-22PK-R1 120mm DynaLoop CPU Cooler w/ Universal bracket & Dual Fan
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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    April 9, 2013 7:18:18 PM

    Thanks for the replies all, to answer burritobob's question:
    I have purchased the motherboard, CPU, graphics card, RAM and HDD so far.
    The purchases were very recent and I still have the receipts, so I can very likely return some of the parts if it is really necessary.

    You can see what I mean about jumping the gun without thoroughly researching, eh :( 

    Also, this build is intended mainly for 3D work in Blender and a few other modelling/rendering programs. I am not much of a gamer these days, aside from the occasional match of TF2 or ArmA II.
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    April 9, 2013 8:04:48 PM

    Ah ok! That changes it a bit, and I really wouldn't worry about changing too much then. You'll want to be with nVidia I imagine anyway for CUDA.

    Honestly it's not a bad build at all :) , esp. given you're going to be doing modelling/rendering on it rather than gaming. It's pretty much spot on I'd say, apart from the power supply being a little over the top.

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    April 9, 2013 8:19:26 PM

    I have taken the power supply down to the S12ii 520W you recommended, and decided on the NH-D14 for cooling.

    Thanks very much for all the replies and suggestions folks, I appreciate the help :) 
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