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November 24, 2013 11:10:56 AM

Hello everyone,

I'm planning on building my first pc with the following specs, but I'm not sure about the cpu cooler. I was considering the Noctua NH-D14, or the Hyper Evo 212 since I do not plan to overclock in the immediate future. I would appreciate anyone's input on whether I should go for a liquid cooler, or if one of these will be fine. Also, will the 770 in SLI be overkill? Recommendations on all other components welcome and appreciated. Thanks in advance!

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer

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November 24, 2013 11:18:37 AM

Both the Noctua and the Hyper 212 Evo are great coolers. If you are not planning to overclock then get the Hyper 212 Evo since it is cheaper and works great given its price.

There is no need in your case to get a liquid cooling system. Closed loop systems are more expensive generally than air coolers and are meant to compete with higher-end air coolers, which again you don't need anyway since you are not overclocking.

Whether or not two 770s in SLI are overkill depends on what you want to achieve with them. If you want to game at 1080p at high/ultra settings, then two 770s will serve you well for the next two years probably.
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November 24, 2013 11:24:44 AM

I appreciate the quick response, aznpuffrice! As a first time builder, it has been quite daunting trying to figure out all of the parts. For ~$2000 build, I was hoping the dual 770s, would let me game at 1080p at high/ultrahigh for more than just 2 years, or so...maybe I was expecting too much. ;) 
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November 24, 2013 11:35:34 AM

The 770s might last you longer. The two years number is more of a minimum that you can reliably count on.
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