Hi, I've been playing around with overclocking on my computer, and I am finding that my current cooling is just not cutting it. I would like to try to hit at LEAST 4.5GHz comfortably, and I do not feel that I can with what I have. Specifically, I would like to upgrade my CPU cooler, but I am perfectly fine with suggestions on the rest of the case as well.
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD65
CPU cooler: Cooler Master Hyper212 EVO with the default setup (which I believe is one fan in pull)
Case: NZXT Phantom Full Tower
PSU: Antec 650W Earthwatts (I actually am debating about upgrading this as well. I believe it was bought in 2009, and when I prime95 and the CPU gets to ~70C, I believe the PSU is making sounds. It gets progressively worse and is terrible at ~85C. I tried to narrow it down, and I THINK it is the PSU.)
The case is using its default NZXT fans:
Rear, 1 X 120MM (exhaust)
Side, 2 x 120MM (intake)
Top, 1 X LED 200MM (exhaust)
and I added the Front, 1 X 140MM (intake) already
I was thinking about adding another 200mm to the top, and torn between the Noctua-D14, PHANTEKS PH-TC14PE, or a Corsair H100. My price range is somewhere around ~$150... So any suggestions are very welcome. I just am not sure for the optimal fan setup in that budget.
You already have a good setup, add the noctua. Don't bother with the H100, the noctua might perform better in your case because you have so much air moving in. And if the H100 performs better, it might be just around 1 to 2 deg.
No more, since you already have an exhaust at the back and on the roof, your case would have a great airflow even if you make your cpu cooler horizontally oriented (fans blowing towards the rear) or vertically (fans blowing towards the roof).