Advice on Fan/Heatsink for New Gaming Comp

Hi! I have a new gaming comp planned except for a fan/heatsink. Looking for advice on a good one, Ive never used a liquid cooling system before and not sure whats best for me. I plan on doing a little overclocking, but not much.


Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Unbeatable Gaming Case

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9W

I have the rest decided but dont think theyre relevant when choosing a fan/heatsink.

The one Im looking at is:
Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler

It got good reviews and many people said it was quiet. Im concerned about it fitting since it is so big. I dont know anything about liquid cooling, but I think it would be cool.

Any help or insight would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
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  1. The Noc fell outta the top tier last year moving from to "Top Performers" category to "Highly Recommended"

    The best bets these days are.....

    $30 Hyper 212

    $50 Scythe Mugen 3 or Hyper 612 PWM (5-7 better than 212)

    $80 Thermalright Silver Arrow (7 - 10 better than 212)
    I think the Silver Arrow represents the ultimate air cooler than can be built and still fit within the constraints of an ATX motherboard and a standard computer case.

    BTW, I hope you are putting a CP-850 in that case......

    [The CP-850] is completely unmatched by any ATX unit on the market I can think of. You'd have to spend twice as much as this thing costs to find the next best thing, performance wise.

    The [pairing of the 1200 and CP-850] is an obviously unfair advantage for the CP-850... but what of it? Antec has used an integrated systems approach for its CP-850 and its best cases, and if that approach is an advantage over all other case/PSU combinations, then, all the more power to Antec! It's not uncommon for enthusiasts to frequently replace the motherboard and components that mount onto it — such as CPU, RAM and video card — while the case and PSU are retained. There would be ample reason to take that approach with the CP-850 and one of the compatible Antec cases.
  2. Thanks for the advice! So the hyper 212 should be good enough for a little overclocking?

    Yes Im getting the CP-850. Read that review and cant beat it.
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