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June 18, 2014 7:27:02 PM

Hi, so currently I am stuck on with cooling system to choose.

These are my specs:
    CPU: Intel Core i5 4690 (maybe k still unsure if to overclock, unlikely though)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    Motherboard: Gigabyte Z97X-SLI
    RAM: 8GB Corsair 2133mhz Vengeance (2x4GB)
    Hard Drive: 2TB S-ATAIII 6.0Gb/s
    2nd Hard Drive: 1TB S-ATAIII 6.0Gb/s
    Optical Drive: 22x DVD±RW DL S-ATA
    Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB
    Sound card: Asus Xonar DGX PCI-E 5.1
    Accessories: Internal Card Reader
    Case: CM Storm Enforcer
    PSU: 750W Corsair CS Modular


So, I was wondering which you would you suggest between:
    H60 2013
    H80
    H80i
    Zalman CNPS5X Performa
    Zalman CNPS10X Optima

I ask this as I have never had a liquid cooler before and I am worried it will break and ruin my system. I also have no idea which level/strength would be needed for this set up. I am unlikely to overclock so treat it as the i5 4690. I will accept any help as I still know little about gaming pcs (grammar?) and how they work.

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June 18, 2014 8:41:24 PM

FunkyJacob123 said:
Hi, so currently I am stuck on with cooling system to choose.

These are my specs:
    CPU: Intel Core i5 4690 (maybe k still unsure if to overclock, unlikely though)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    Motherboard: Gigabyte Z97X-SLI
    RAM: 8GB Corsair 2133mhz Vengeance (2x4GB)
    Hard Drive: 2TB S-ATAIII 6.0Gb/s
    2nd Hard Drive: 1TB S-ATAIII 6.0Gb/s
    Optical Drive: 22x DVD±RW DL S-ATA
    Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB
    Sound card: Asus Xonar DGX PCI-E 5.1
    Accessories: Internal Card Reader
    Case: CM Storm Enforcer
    PSU: 750W Corsair CS Modular


So, I was wondering which you would you suggest between:
    H60 2013
    H80
    H80i
    Zalman CNPS5X Performa
    Zalman CNPS10X Optima

I ask this as I have never had a liquid cooler before and I am worried it will break and ruin my system. I also have no idea which level/strength would be needed for this set up. I am unlikely to overclock so treat it as the i5 4690. I will accept any help as I still know little about gaming pcs (grammar?) and how they work.

Hello! The i5 4690 is non-overclockable as it has a locked multiplier. I would stay away from the low end all in ones (anything under the h100), because I have had 2 bad instances, a pump failure and a leakage in two different friends systems. I would go with a very high end air cooler, because it will be dead silent and perform great. Out of all of those I would get an h80i, because it is fairly high end compared to the rest. If you have not built it yet, go for a i5 4670k and the h80i, but if not go for this:noctua dh14.
In one of teksyndicates videos, this has cooled an amd fx9590, with a 220 watt tdp you only have around a 80 watt tdp It is a bit large, but should fit fine in your huge case.
Noctua dh-14:http://www.amazon.com/Noctua-NH-D14-SE2011-Heatpipes-Be...
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June 18, 2014 8:44:53 PM

Also, PLEASE get an ssd instead of the second 1tb hdd. It will make a NIGHT AND DAY DIFFERENCE. If I had the choice between a 4tb HDD and a 500gb SSD, I would get the ssd. It may not improve fps, but EVERYTHING outside of gaming will be SOOO much faster. It will make an old core 2 duo system BLAZING fast compared to before. At anything over 600$, in my opinion, you NEED an ssd. Go for a 250gb ssd, (pny xlr8 is great budget ssd), and install the os and a few games there and evreything else on the 2tb.
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June 19, 2014 3:52:07 PM

PcBuilder123, I Have brought a Corsair 128GB LX SSD for the OS and have moved the others to different ports thanks for the advice. My budgets pretty big but I honestly am still new to the world of gaming pcs.

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June 19, 2014 4:01:00 PM

I mean a Crucial 256GB MX100 SSD

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June 19, 2014 6:05:24 PM

FunkyJacob123 said:
PcBuilder123, I Have brought a Corsair 128GB LX SSD for the OS and have moved the others to different ports thanks for the advice. My budgets pretty big but I honestly am still new to the world of gaming pcs.



Yep, no problem. Keep it relativley low. Might wanna buy an external DAC and amp instead of buying a sound card, because most motherboards that are high end come with somewhat decent sound systems. What headphones do you have. If you haven't bought it yet, go for a i5 4670k and a noctua nhd14
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