I know the D14 will outperform the other two, but do I really need it when OCing to just 4.5ghz?
I also heard that a good case airflow is also important, should I just get a cheaper HSF and invest on case fans instead?
The case would be a Corsair 400R. I'm planning to put 2 intake fans on the front, and one exhaust fan on the back. I'm not sure if I can still fit 2 exhaust fans on the top with the D14 installed (it's quite large, yes?)
Would be great to hear opinions regarding the 3 CPU coolers
Are there other good performing coolers that are in the middle of the 212 Evo and the D14? Because I really want to make sure that the CPU would last a long time.
Yes imho a D-14 isn't required to cool a SB cpu.
The V6GT is a good cooler but loud and 165mm tall = your case is only 8.1" wide.(looks like it has extra leeway though with side panel design.)
The Hyper 612 PWM doesn't outperform the EVO and is alot bigger = intrude on one dimm for sure.
Everybody and their Grandma has 212+ and Evo's on 1st and 2nd gen Intels = no problem.
SB's run alot cooler then first gen Intels to begin with.
Read plenty of reviews of SB's clocked to 4/4.2GHz on stock cooler btw.