I think selecting a heatsink and cooling solution has been the hardest thing I have done on this build! Some of these heatsinks are monsters and I am afraid at how heavy they are. I looked at the closed system water coolers. Those are still an option. Please advise on overclocking up to 4.5 GHz. I think performance and price is more important than noise (but I don't want a lawnmower either haha)
I am afraid that the Noctua-NH-D14 is overkill. It is also huge and a litle pricey.
I looked at the EVGA Superclock (it only has one fan).
I have a Zalman CNPS9000 from my last build. I can't find specs on it. Is it 9000 or is it zalman9700 and automatically labeled at 9000? Would it suffice? It has one fan as well and it is only a three prong switch- so no manual control?
Case: Antec 900
MB: MSI z68a-GD80
CPU: Intel i-5 2500k (OC up to 4.5 GHz)
GPU: Galaxy GTX 460 fermi OC edition
PSU: Raidmax 720 watt
RAM: TBD based on heatsink (low profile etc)
I forgot to mention. I think the Coolermaster V6GT and V8 are the coolest looking coolers I have seen...but I suppose getting the job done is better than looking good. I am glad to see your post Alvine. I actually got back on to mention those two coolers when I saw your post.
I'd go with a 212+ or Evo.
Yeah the V8 is a mediocre cooler,the 212+ is better.
Don't know where you gathered info that the V6GT was a lesser cooler then the 212+ @ lowjack989. http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...
Many more reviews to show the V6GT is probably the best cooler CM has ever made cooling performance wise.
But now it seems maybe the Cooler Master V6GT won't fit in the Antec 900. Can anyone comment on this? The V6GT is 6.5 inches high and the case measures 8.1 inches wide. I am not sure how close it would be.
Very close fit, but it will fit the 900 with about a half inch to spare...you might have to lose the side fan, I think it will just clear it though
Have you seen this configuration sucessfully done? I don't mean to second guess you. I don't want false hope and get my hopes up or order it and have to send it back.
@wolfram23: The 902 is 8.60 inches wide as compared to 8.10 in the Antect 900. Also, the V6GT is 6.5" compared with the CNPS10X.
I wasn't planning on using a side fan so I guess I really won't be able to now anyhow. Do you all think I needed the side fan? The case has a 200 mm on top, two upgraded cooler master 120 mm fans on the front case and a 120 mm stock fan on the rear of the case.
Just to cover all of my bases- Looking at my goal of overclocking to 4.5 GHz, and with aesthetics in mind, should I even consider something such as the Corsair H60 or 80 or the Kuhler or any of the closed water systems?
Thanks guys for your input! I am new to the forums and this is kind of my first build.
I think that if your going for looks....Get an XSPC RASA 750 Kit $129.99...its just as easy to install, works better, looks better, and its quieter. I have three Corsair units H50/H60/H100, also running a CM 212+...The XSPC kit is far superior to all of the..I have not seen the V6GT in a 900..Just went and measured my 900..Its super close maybe even touching the side panel a bit..So, you might want to look into another cooler although I know you really want the V6GT...Extremely tight squeeze