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Need a good CPU cooler / HeatSink for a 24/7 Gaming / HTPC rig.

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August 1, 2010 6:35:53 PM

Hi all -

I am building a Gaming/HTPC rig with the following components.

Processor: i7 930
Motherboard: Asus P6X58D-E
Memory: 6GB Mushkin Redline with Cas-6 + T1 timing 6-8-6-24
GPU: Sapphire Vapor-X HD 5850
Case: HAF-X
PSU: What would be the ideal PSU for me?

All other components like SSD, HDD, BD Player + extra fans, controllers all included.

However i am still confused on the CPU/HeatSink cooler. Have done a lot of reading through out the forum and on various websites.
There are hardcore fans of the Megahalems and Noctua NH-D14 as well. Noctua's got good support on various websites as well.

My system will be up and running 24/7 (basically most of tthe time its going to be idle.. or downloading). Games once in a while like once or twice a week for two-three hrs. But high on HTPC usage.
Well, i know i did not need so high end setup.. but it was just that i wanted a swanky hi-end rig.. so i just brought all the components minus the heatsink and psu.
So please help me choose the right one for me.
Also wanted to know if et al you choose Noctua NH-D14, will it fit in my asus p6x58d-e motherboard with the mushkin redline ram's?
Also guide if i need a 750 or 850 W PSU?
August 1, 2010 6:48:29 PM

Unless you want to do some serious overclocking, all the coolers you mentioned are overkills.
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August 1, 2010 7:01:33 PM

mvarga12, thats an interesting PSU. Never heard of that one before.. but got killer looks and top-notch on features. I just hope the durability is great as well. I will seriously consider this one, now starting to do some research on this PSU.

Nils, pls pardon my ignorance, how can a heatsink/cooler be over kill.. anything that cools or maintains the temprature of the system even if it is over the capacity of the current setup is like an addon for futuristic and high I/O demanding applications and graphics. Even if it is an over kill.. it wont freeze the components?
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August 1, 2010 7:52:30 PM

holyindian said:
mvarga12, thats an interesting PSU. Never heard of that one before.. but got killer looks and top-notch on features. I just hope the durability is great as well. I will seriously consider this one, now starting to do some research on this PSU.

Nils, pls pardon my ignorance, how can a heatsink/cooler be over kill.. anything that cools or maintains the temprature of the system even if it is over the capacity of the current setup is like an addon for futuristic and high I/O demanding applications and graphics. Even if it is an over kill.. it wont freeze the components?

OK then, I see, if money doesn't matter get the Noctua D14. Top notch cooling at low noise levels.

About the PSU, take a look at Corsair's. Great and reliable PSU's with modular design.
You should be fine with the 750W model, unless you consider getting dual GTX480 in the future.
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August 1, 2010 8:02:11 PM

Thanks Nils, i always had an inclination towards Noctua.. despite of their ugly looks cos of the poopy fan colors. However they are just too good.

I was reviewing XFX PSU's.. the very first hour did not give me a good feedback.

I think i will have to review between Corsiar and Antec TPQ-850 850W PSU's. I am not sure, but in the future i might add some nas-bay drives to the setup.. maybe add a card (not sure), few more ram's maybe.

How is this PSU.. as compared to Corsiar and other one's.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Just a heads up.. the PSU should be compatible with a full tower HAF-X case.

Need some more reviews guys.
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August 1, 2010 8:50:42 PM

I just did a comparative research between couple of antec's, corsair's and xfx PSU's.
And was astound to see the difference.
Please see below.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|17-371-009^17-371-009-S01,17-207-001^17-207-001-TS

Some of em i found uncomfortable with are long power cables for a full tower case like haf x, and 4 sata connectors as against 8 with antec and corsair
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August 1, 2010 9:02:04 PM

The Noctua NH-D14 is a fine choice and won't be a problem to fit in a HAF-X.
This psu is fine and actually cranks out just over 900W stable.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
However if you plan on overclocking an 850W is the way to go.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

http://www.ncixus.com/products/?sku=42984&promoid=1048&...
http://www.ncixus.com/products/47754/ST85F-P/Silverston...
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August 1, 2010 9:16:25 PM

+1 for the PSU Davcon suggested. I'm not saying XFX makes bad PSU's, it's just I don't have any experience with them. I do have with Corsair's and I love them.

The antec PSU you selected in the comparision tool sure is a good one and looks good, but it has no modular cable system. I really recommend you get one with it, as it really helps keeping your PC look tidy inside.
Also it has only a 80mm fan, which may get loud at high power output. Recommend you get one with a 120mm or even 140mm fan like the Corsair.
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August 1, 2010 11:00:19 PM

Best answer selected by holyindian.
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August 1, 2010 11:02:13 PM

Thank you guys, for nailing the final nail in the coffin... i now know what PSU and HSU i should be going for. Its going to be the Corsiar 850 (just to fool proof my future for over clock if i ever wish to), and NH-D14 HSU.

Thanks Nils and Davcon for all the help.
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