Hello folks. I am getting ready to build my first PC and am having trouble deciding which CPU cooling solution I should go with. I've been reading a lot of good reviews on Noctua air cooling units and the Corsair H100 for water cooling. Can anyone offer their insight based on my parts list? Should I go air, water, stock? Feel free to give me pointers regarding the build itself if you see anything wonky, as this is my first go around.
Here's the list!
Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
Asus MAXIMUS VI GENE Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card
Corsair 350D Window MicroATX Mid Tower Case
Corsair 860W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
H-100 is still a decent cooling option - not like Tiny suggests. If you want it a little quieter - change the fans. Since there is not as much air movement in your case a fan on the side is a good option or a VRM cooler. If you move your cpu box at all water is a much better option.
You could 4.4Ghz in the Phanteks or Noctua NH-D14 and still be a pretty safe temperature.
Your CPU doesn't throttle until 100C and I don't see it going over 70C especially if your ambient temp is cool with one of those good air coolers @ 4.4Ghz on a stress test.
You could probably get to 4.6Ghz and still be pretty safe, just manually set your voltages for a lower voltage.