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May 4, 2013 7:30:03 AM

Hello,
To start off, I have my parts finalized, but I am always looking to change if necessary. Last night, I realized that my room, the place where I am going to be putting my pc, gets a little bit warm. In the winter it's fine, but it the summer or spring, it can get a bit warm. I just want to be safe and make sure I wont have any problems with cooling.

My question is, do I need to buy a Liquid CPU Cooler instead of Air Cooling?

I was looking at Corsair's Hydro series, but not sure which one to get if I need one. If I do need one, I would like it to be Corsair's.

Here is what I plan to start off with:

CPU: Intel i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core ($316.17 @ Newegg)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.98 @ Newegg)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 - 1600 Memory ($114.22 @ Amazon)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.61 @ Newegg)

Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Newegg)

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card ($510.10 @ Newegg)

Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply ($169.99 @ Newegg)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)

Monitor: ASUS VN247H-P 24-Inch LED-Lit Monitor ($189.00 @Amazon)

Optical Drive: AsusDRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.96 @ OutletPC)

Thermal Compound: ARCTIC MX-4 (4g) Carbon-Based Thermal Compound, Non-Electricity Conductive, Non-Capacitive ($9.99 @ Newegg)

Wireless Adapter: ASUS PCE-N15 Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCI Express 300/300Mbps Transfer/Receive Rate 64-bit WEP, 128-bit WEP, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, WPS support ($26.99 @ Newegg)

Case Fans: Corsair Air Series AF120 Performance Edition 63.5 CFM 120mm ($14.99 @ Amazon)

Case Fans: Corsair Air Series AF120 Performance Edition (2-Pack) 63.5 CFM 120mm ($26.98 @ OutletPC)

TOTAL (ESTIMATE): $1,734.04

I am planning on upgrade a lot later on when I am able to, so here are the upgrades I have planned:


2) Monitor Upgrade (Buy 2 More): Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($157.58 @ Newegg)

1) Graphics Card: Add a 2nd GTX 680 4GB

*** I have more, but they weren't necessary to include ***

I am planning to OC my CPU to a 4.0GHz, I know I can go higher but I want to be safe.

So if anyone could please tell me if I need a liquid cpu cooler, based on my room and parts, that would be awesome.

Thanks for any advice! :) 

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May 4, 2013 8:02:33 AM

this article should help you out a lot. personally, i would get the CM 212+ evo or if you want to spend more check out the new Noctua NH-U12S

So what do you buy for what market? If you're on a budget, then your decision has been made for you: the Hyper 212 Evo is the best bargain out there. As for the rest of the coolers, you essentially need to consider your options. Outside of the NZXT Kraken X40 or Corsair H90 with a second fan, closed loop coolers under the 240mm mark just don't impress. The H80i was better than the H55 and H60, but that doesn't mean much when Noctua's solutions are competitive at around the same price. You have to run the H80i full bore for it to break away from the NH-U12S or NH-U14S, and that's a tough sell when either cooler can do the same job more quietly. When you go north of $100, you're really looking at getting an H90 or Kraken X40 and buying a second fan, buying a Seidon 240M, or going for the Swiftech H220. The comparably priced 280mm Kraken X60 is able to break away from Swiftech's H220, but it has to run its fans a lot faster to get there, and you'll have a much harder time finding a case compatible with it than you will the H220. At ~$110, I'd probably opt for the Seidon 240M over having to beef up one of the 140mm solutions, but at ~$140, the Swiftech H220 is really where the buck stops.


http://www.anandtech.com/show/6916/cooler-master-seidon...
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May 4, 2013 8:11:05 AM

dirtyferret said:
this article should help you out a lot. personally, i would get the CM 212+ evo or if you want to spend more check out the new Noctua NH-U12S

So what do you buy for what market? If you're on a budget, then your decision has been made for you: the Hyper 212 Evo is the best bargain out there. As for the rest of the coolers, you essentially need to consider your options. Outside of the NZXT Kraken X40 or Corsair H90 with a second fan, closed loop coolers under the 240mm mark just don't impress. The H80i was better than the H55 and H60, but that doesn't mean much when Noctua's solutions are competitive at around the same price. You have to run the H80i full bore for it to break away from the NH-U12S or NH-U14S, and that's a tough sell when either cooler can do the same job more quietly. When you go north of $100, you're really looking at getting an H90 or Kraken X40 and buying a second fan, buying a Seidon 240M, or going for the Swiftech H220. The comparably priced 280mm Kraken X60 is able to break away from Swiftech's H220, but it has to run its fans a lot faster to get there, and you'll have a much harder time finding a case compatible with it than you will the H220. At ~$110, I'd probably opt for the Seidon 240M over having to beef up one of the 140mm solutions, but at ~$140, the Swiftech H220 is really where the buck stops.


http://www.anandtech.com/show/6916/cooler-master-seidon...


So the 212 is fine for my situation?
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May 4, 2013 8:14:19 AM

it will do the job just fine
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May 4, 2013 9:16:24 AM

Get the Swiftech H220 and replace the fans with Noctua nf-f12's.
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