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Best parts as far as fans go & CPU bottlenecking GPU?

I am building a computer, not my first time building one, but first time with up to date parts.

The parts I plan on having.

CPU: Intel Core I7 4770k
CPU Cooling: Corsair H100i
GPU: AMD R9 270x or 280x (Eventually want to go crossfire)
MOBO: ASRock Z87M Extreme 4 Motherboard
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 1600mhz 2x16gb
PSU: Silverstone Strider Plus 600W
SSD: Samsung 840 EVO Series 120GB
Case: Chaser A21 Mid Tower

I am wanting high quality & high air-flow fans, but I want them to be as quiet as possible.
I was originally going to go with Noctua nf-f12 fans for h100i and case, but they are $30 each in Australia. Then I saw the Corsair SP120 fans, they are $20 each. They are rated to be pretty similar. But which ones are better as far as performance and noise?

Also, will the GPU I have chosen be bottlenecked by the CPU? This is my main concern.
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    Fans:

    Noctua makes a great fan, but I would go with the SP120 on a radiator. The H100i control software combined with the SP120 fans will give you similar performance to the stock fans but be much quieter.

    I have this exact setup in push using a custom fan curve and I am very happy with it.

    CPU Bottlenecking:

    A 4770k won't bottleneck a single GPU. And if overclocked they scale very well in SLI / Crossfire.

    The same is true for high end AMD CPUs like the 6350 or 8350.

    You only start to see a bottleneck when you are getting into 3-way or 4-way Crossfire / SLI with high end GPUs.
  2. Thanks for the help! :)
  3. ANPeck said:
    Thanks for the help! :)


    You're welcome.

    Don't forget to download Corsair Link and set yout fan curve. ;)
  4. What do you mean by setting the fan curve? and how do you do it?
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