Best Cooling Solutions for a Homebuilt PC

I just purchased the asus z87 pro motherboarad as well as the i5 4670k intel processor. I am thinking about buying a h100i liquid cooling system. What is the best case to use with this particular system, and what extra cooling fans should I buy for the actual case itself? For the case I could really use something that is not over $100 and for the fans I want something that is not expensive, but gets the job done well for the amount of money I invest them.

Also: Will there be any other pieces of hardware I need to buy to allow these fans to work with the h100i?

I'm buying a radeon hd 7970, and I've heard those get pretty hot so yeah...
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  1. edit: Did not notice that you said you wanted a case :D Agree strongly with JackNaylorPE.
  2. Case is $80 by itself (MSRP = $140) but combo is a steal

    Case - $150 - Corsair 500R Black http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1327095
    $45 MIR
    PSU - incl. w/ above - Corsair TX750 included with above

    I see no value in the H series coolers from Corsair ..... marginal performance (1/4 degree C) over the better air coolers does not offset leak risk IMO.
    http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/corsair_h100_hydro_series_extreme_performance_liquid_cpu_cooler,13.html

    Cooler - $80 - Phanteks PH-TC14 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835709011
    TIM - $7 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080

    I dont see a place for the 7970- at this point in time
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-770-gk104-review,3519.html
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_770/29.html
  3. I am also due to an upgrade and I just purchased this one:

    http://www.amazon.com/NZXT-Technologies-Premium-Performance-RL-KRX60-01/dp/B00ANJRTXE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1372461062&sr=8-1&keywords=NZXT+Technologies+KRAKEN+X60

    The tests that influenced my decision:

    http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/5300/nzxt-kraken-x60-280mm-aio-cpu-cooler-review/index9.html

    http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cases_cooling/corsair_vs_nzxt_battle_of_the_aio_watercoolers/2


    I may also upgrade my fans to:

    http://www.amazon.com/Silverstone-Tek-Computer-Cooling-FHP-141/dp/B00A460TK6/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

    But idk if tha'd be an overkill. Also, I'd buy a 7950 with a great cooling system and then OC it. You can better the stock 7950 and match GTX680 in performance without messing with the voltages.

    My current set up:

    2500k @4.8 ghz looking to get 5+
    7950 OC'd 1,080 MHz/1,487 MHz at stock Voltage
    P8Z68-V PRO GEN3
    16 gb ram
  4. JackNaylorPE said:
    Case is $80 by itself (MSRP = $140) but combo is a steal

    Case - $150 - Corsair 500R Black http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1327095
    $45 MIR
    PSU - incl. w/ above - Corsair TX750 included with above

    I see no value in the H series coolers from Corsair ..... marginal performance (1/4 degree C) over the better air coolers does not offset leak risk IMO.
    http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/corsair_h100_hydro_series_extreme_performance_liquid_cpu_cooler,13.html

    Cooler - $80 - Phanteks PH-TC14 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835709011
    TIM - $7 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080

    I dont see a place for the 7970- at this point in time
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-770-gk104-review,3519.html
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_770/29.html



    Ok thanks. I will take that into consideration. I really like the idea of watercooling, and tigerdirect is having a decent sale on the h100i, but I will definitely invest more time into researching this topic before I make a final decision.
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