I'm planning my first build to be completed sometime during this year and would like some advice on finishing it off. I still require a CPU heat sink and fan and a PSU; unfortunately, I am a newbie and have no idea which to select.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Mid-July
BUDGET RANGE: $900 - $1200 US After Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the internet,
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS, DVD drive, case (I prefer to buy my monitors locally and already have a case)
For an OC up to ~3.6GHz, it's tough to beat the Scythe Mugen 2 Rev B (SCMG-2100). It's about $35 plus shipping. If money is tight, you can order the CM Hyper 212+ for ~$30 from Amazon with free super saving shipping. If you're considering a 24/7 4.0GHz+, then the Noctua NH-D14 is sweet but expensive (~$90).
As for the PSU, I'd go with the Corsair 650TX, which you can get for ~$80 with free shipping from Newegg. However, if you plan to crossfire in the future, you'll be better off with the Corsair 750TX, which is about $110.
Because, ppl dont like the fact that a $100 water cooling unit, can do what a $90 TRUE can do.
I had NO option, I had to get one (was using a Antec P193 case - hight restrictions) and it was running my OC i7 @4.0GHz (1.30vCore) at 75 under 8 threads of Prime. (tho the Antec P193 was fking ace for air flow)
Is there a big performance difference between the Mugen 2 and the Hyper 212? As long as they'll support the same overclock I'm thinking I might as well get the cheaper one, unless the 5$ price difference makes a noticeable jump in ability to cool...