CPU Cooling + Case. Advice on Water vs Air

Hey all,

I'm upgrading to a 2600k + asus p8z68-z pro system and trying to figure out the best solution in terms of case and cooling. I'm budget sensitive and I won't be going for max OC. Maybe a moderate OC after the system has been stable for a month or so. So a DIY setup just isn't for me..

That being said, what would you suggest for a cooling option and case?

Currently, I'm looking at the Corsair Carbide 400r case with a Hydro H100 or H80 cooling system using Noctua NF-P12 on the rad to keep the noise down. That h100 is a noisy beast.

But I'm open to new ideas and suggestions in case I'm overlooking a better setup of either an air or a water cooling systems.

Thanks guys!
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  1. Even a good air cooler like CM hyper 212+ is plenty for a mild overclock on that CPU.
  2. Having owned the corsair h60, and now the h100 you are better off purchasing
    the h60. It cost much less than the h100 and h80 and you get the same
    performance. I figured since the h100 had twice as much surface area to
    dissipate the heat that it would work better but i have not seen any drops in
    my temps at load or idle. save the money and buy a great looking 600t case
    with mesh side panel which helps with cooling

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139007

    also having purchased an asrock extrem4 z68 board, i am a little disappointed that
    i spent 180 dollars on a motherboard that has all the same features as a cheaper
    one. the only reason to spend that much money is for higher quality materials which
    doesnt seem to be the case with that board.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157264

    this asrock board is built with quality gold, but i still would save money and get
    something cheaper
  3. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    this board is actually cheaper, z68 chipset, atx form factor, quality gold caps

    the difference is it only has 2 sata 6gbs controllers instead of 4 unless you absolutely need the 6.0gbs
    it still has 4 3.0 and the 2 6.0's
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