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Better CPU cooling for i7 4770k mITX build

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March 21, 2014 11:06:23 AM

This is what I've got currently, curious if anyone has a better opinion on the CPU cooling for this, I'm not experienced enough with liquid cooling to know much.

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CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Seidon 120M 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z87I AC Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($138.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($131.75 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($319.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case ($44.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($139.35 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1410.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-21 14:02 EDT-0400)
a c 803 à CPUs
March 21, 2014 11:30:24 AM

If you do not intend to overclock, and haven't bought anything yet, replace that 4770k with a 1230v3. I would go with the Seidon 120xl for cooling, if you are overclocking, for a little bit of extra insurance that your chip is going to run cool.
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a c 803 à CPUs
March 21, 2014 11:36:37 AM

Also without overclocking, and some build tweaks, you could bump up to a faster R9 290.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($244.68 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Seidon 120M 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87E-ITX Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($131.75 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 480GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($229.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card ($469.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case ($55.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($82.99 @ Mwave)
Total: $1405.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-21 14:36 EDT-0400)
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March 21, 2014 11:50:10 AM

I actually do plan to do some overclocking.
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a c 803 à CPUs
March 21, 2014 12:18:42 PM

Then, I would definitely go with the 120xl. Solid rig man, enjoy! :D  Here are some changes with overclocking, just in case you haven't bought yet. :D 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Seidon 120XL 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($79.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87E-ITX Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($131.75 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 480GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($229.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.81 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($319.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case ($44.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($82.99 @ Mwave)
Total: $1409.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-21 15:20 EDT-0400)
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