Cooling advice and overall rateing

I am building a new system in the next few days and would like some advice on CPU cooling for overclocking I am kicking around these in no specific order:

Noctua NH-U12DX 1366 120mm SSO CPU Cooler

CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50-1 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler

COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler

And here is the rest of the information.

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 7-10 Days

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932, Video Card: DIAMOND 5870PE51G Radeon HD 5870

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, USA

OVERCLOCKING: Yes CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like it to be a quiet yet powerful PC


ASUS Rampage II Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Thermaltake W0319RU 850W ATX 12V 2.2 SLI
OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G2000LV6GK - Retail
Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

Any feedback or advice would be great, thanks!
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  1. Recommendations:

    RAM: I would go with the G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600 Cas7 with tighter timings, which play a more important role than higher speeds.
    HSF: I'm a fan of the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus for a heat sink for price to performance (hard to top IMO).
    PSU: I'm not a huge fan of Thermaltake PSU's and would recommend looking at either Corsair, Antec or SeaSonic.
  2. never buy either diamond or visiontek, they're known for their bad quality construction and poor customer service, spend a few more bucks and get a more respectable brand.

    either sapphire, xfx or HIS will be good


    as for the heatsink i'd recommend this one myself: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&cm_re=hyper_212%2b-_-35-103-065-_-Product

    it's the best bang for the buck right now, for $35 it beats lots of much expensiver heatsink, it beats the v8 on every single test, and even the megahalems.

    see here: http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/19383-cooler-master-hyper-212-plus-cpu-cooler-review-10.html

    and even better if you add another 120mm fan: http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/19383-cooler-master-hyper-212-plus-cpu-cooler-review-11.html


    if you're going for a single gpu 850w is way too much, with a quality 650w you'll be able to run up to a single 5970. thermaltake psus aren't very good, they have low efficiency compared to other brands. get this one better: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371015&Tpk=earthwatts%20650w


    these memories are beter for the same price: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231306&cm_re=gsill_6gb-_-20-231-306-_-Product


    get this motherboard instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128375&cm_re=x58-_-13-128-375-_-Product
    the asus one is ridiculously expensive
  3. I would look at the ASRock X58 Extreme, if you are wanting to cut/save cost in your build.
  4. ok, thanks for the input I am reworking my numbers now, but I have so ask but it seems the GA-EX58-UD3R is woefully short in memory slots, with no upgrade to 12GB if that time comes (by just adding 3 more 2GBs)
  5. ASRock is not a brand I know (and yes I am an old school builder, but the last time I built was back in the p3/4 days) let me look into it.

    I am sold on the CPU Cooler :)
  6. ASRock is a brand of ASUS, just like Lexus (ASUS) is a brand of Toyota (ASRock)
  7. hmmm ASRock seems to not have the greatest reviews, even here... anyone have any feeling or another board suggestion?
  8. exactly what i wrote before except for the motherboard...
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