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September 5, 2013 12:12:43 PM

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

Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer

Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit)

Thanks in advance for any advice!

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September 5, 2013 12:23:26 PM

Go with a water cooling system (Corsair), this will make your CPU get to 4.4GHz without breaking a sweat
September 5, 2013 12:27:56 PM

I would DEFINITELY not go with a liquid cooler. THey are a fad and mostly for 'showing off' and being able to say you have watercooling.

Air coolers perform just as well, make WAY less nose (like 1/4 the noise), and cost less. Air is always the way to go. Look at the Noctua NH-D14. It is amazing and better that liquid coolers.

Watercooling is only effective if you drop $200+ and build a custom loop.
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September 5, 2013 12:33:41 PM

Best Air cooler on the market.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $74.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-05 15:33 EDT-0400)

If your not going to SLI get this PSU: SEASONIC made \ Gold Certified \ Full Modular

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Power Supply: Cooler Master V700 700W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $119.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-05 15:38 EDT-0400)

September 5, 2013 12:35:27 PM

You also don't need 860w unless you plan to go SLI.
September 5, 2013 12:50:50 PM

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.
September 5, 2013 12:56:21 PM

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.