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June 9, 2014 9:07:10 AM

Hello,
I'm currently in the process of picking the parts for my first PC build. With a lot of help from different people on many forums, this is what I have decided:
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CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.29 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (Purchased For $74.99)
Memory: Kingston Fury White Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($42.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston Fury White Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($42.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 290 4GB DirectCU II Video Card ($399.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($118.30 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE90 V2 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($133.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($156.44 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($38.57 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-F12 PWM 55.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($19.50 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-F12 PWM 55.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($19.50 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-A14 PWM 82.5 CFM 140mm Fan ($22.70 @ Mwave)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-A14 PWM 82.5 CFM 140mm Fan ($22.70 @ Mwave)
Other: RGB Lights ($19.99)
Total: $1461.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-09 12:01 EDT-0400)

It's going to be a silent, white-themed build.

The question have is: Is a water-cooled CPU really neccesary?

I want performance and silence. How loud will the AIO be compared to air-coolers?
Will there be much of a performance increase compared to air-cooling?
If I should go with air-cooling, what do you recommend?
Finally, is it worth the $90 it costs?

Thanks

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June 9, 2014 9:14:05 AM

loudness should be about the same as both are blowing similar sized fans through metal fins. Air coolers might be a bit quieter because air flow is slightly less restricted.
There is definitely a performance difference, especially if you want to run the fans at lower speeds for quiet reasons, liquid would be better.
Noctua and thermaltake make good higher end air coolers that are noticeably cheaper than the h100.
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June 9, 2014 9:48:02 AM

Derza10 said:
take a look at this... http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nepton-280l-tundra-...
also check out the temps, the nh-d14 is pretty close to the same cooling (within 4-5c) as the h100i but the full system noise is 7 dBA lower with the nh-d14.


Since there's only a small cooling difference, the Noctua is quieter, and it costs $25 less, I think I'll go with the D-14.

Thanks for your help!
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June 9, 2014 10:39:20 AM

bporotsky said:
Derza10 said:
take a look at this... http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nepton-280l-tundra-...
also check out the temps, the nh-d14 is pretty close to the same cooling (within 4-5c) as the h100i but the full system noise is 7 dBA lower with the nh-d14.


Since there's only a small cooling difference, the Noctua is quieter, and it costs $25 less, I think I'll go with the D-14.

Thanks for your help!


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