First time builder - stock cooling ok for this build?

er...long time user, first time builder? :)

I was wondering what the resident experts thought in regards to cooling for this build. Would stock suffice? I have an external liquid system picked, but I'd rather not drop the dollars on it if it's not necessary. Any suggestions are appreciated.

FYI - the parts are en-route as we speak, so no going back. I just need to know about the cooling factor.

This is primarily for gaming and graphic design, at this time I don't plan to overclock anything atm. Thanks for the feedback/advice.

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

Note about case:
3 x 120mm blue LED front fan
2 x 120mm blue LED rear fan
1 x 200mm top fan
Side Air duct No

Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail

Antec TPQ-1200 1200W Continuous Power with PowerCache Technology SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular ... - Retail

ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Western Digital RE3 WD1002FBYS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C9 - Retail

XFX HD-587A-ZNF9 Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card ... - Retail

PLEXTOR 24X DVD/CD Writer Black SATA Model PX-880SA LightScribe Support - Retail

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
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    Since you are not planning to overclock anything at the moment, you should drop the liquid cooling system because it can damage your system if it is not correctly setup and maintained.

    The Intel stock heat sink fan that comes with your i920 is noisy and only provides adequate cooling. Even if you do not overclock, you should consider getting the Hyper 212 because it is quiet and does a good job cooling your CPU.

    If you want something a little better, consider the Noctua:

    I know you will really enjoy the Antec 1200 case. It also has excellent cooling, and each case fan speed is adjustable. I find that I can turn my fan speed down to the minimum, and my CPU temperatures change by only a degree. This makes for a quiet computer.

    The rest of your build looks excellent. You obviously did your homework before you ordered.

    Good luck with your build.
  2. Thanks for the info!

    True credit should go to one of my gaming buddies that came up with the initial list. I tweaked a few things but he was the brains behind it.

    I'll probably stick to stock for now, but I've bookmarked your recommendations. It was hard enough bribing my wife to let me buy these parts as it was :) I've essentially just cashed in Valentine's Day, Father's Day, and my birthday lol.
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