I am about to order a new CPU, GPU and mobo. I'd love for some comments on this build.
Current build: Case: Fractal Design Define XL R2 Black Pearl PSU: Chieftec Super Series 750W PSU CPU: Intel Core i7 4770K 3,5Ghz
- Cooler: Corsair H-60. GPU: PNY GeForce GTX 770 XLR8 (And my old Zotac 570 for PhysX) Monitors: BenQ 23,6" LED XL2410T & Philips 27" LED 273E3LHSB RAM: Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz 16GB CL9 OS: W7 Home Premium Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 HDDs: Corsair SSD Force Series 2,5" 120GB & Western Digitial Caviar® Green 2TB & Western Digitial Caviar® Green 3TB (Yes, one SSD and two HDDs)
Will I need a bigger PSUfor my 770+570? Or change brand? I don't really mind cutting one of my HDDs (The 3TB one is somewhat useless).
Looks fine, you should be ok with the 750W PSU to power both the 570 and 770.
So I don't have to cut one of my HDDs either? Thanks for the help.
PS: Was it easy to clock your 3570k to 4.5 GHz? Would you recommend a better cooler than the H60 if I plan on overclocking?
It was fairly straight forward to get to the 4.5 mark. You can sit at 4.2 easy without touching voltages just using the multiplier, I had to bump up to 1.24V core voltage to manage the 4.5GHz. The H60 will work fine at 4.5 but any thing above that and you might want a larger water cooled unit.
H60 is not adequate for overclocking a Haswell chip, beyond a few hundred megahertz (turbo mode is already 3.9Ghz). I'm using an h80i and it is merely adequate as compared to a mid-range air cooler.
Thermaltake Frio, Noctua DH-14, Xigmatek Loki, CoolerMaster Hyper EVO 212 would all be better or the same for less money then an h60.
Many people pair the 4770k with an h100i or equivalent.
Oh, I see. Are you recommending air-cooling because of its efficiency compared to price cost? I'm leaning towards watercooling, and money isn't exactly an issue. Would you recommend the Corsair H90? Or do I need to get one with dual fan cooling?
Thanks for the advice so far to both of you. It's very helpful!
If you have the space I don't think an h60 ever makes sense over a high-end air cooler. The larger 240mm radiators offer slightly better cooling then the best air coolers.
My case is a Fractal Design Define XL R2, so I guess I should have room for it but I've already filled all the available slots with 120-140mm fans already, so I'm not sure whether I should dish out the cash for a 240mm closed-loop-cooler yet.
I read a review on the best airflow coolers for the i7 Haswell and it seems that the Noctua NH-U14S barely won it, so I was thinking on perhaps buying one of those instead if the difference is barely noticable. And presumably the the air-flow ones are alot quieter than the 240mm radiators (and 120mm actually).