Currently in the process of searching for the correct parts for my upcoming build within the next month. The first thing I'm struggling to figure out are whether it's worth it to get the h100 which to my understanding is the best pre-made water cooling configuration currently. Against the NH-D14 to which I understand makes less noise but still maintains similar performance to the h100. The second thing would be whether or not to just get the 2700k which is now listed at only $10 more than the 2600k at $299.99, vs. getting the 3770k which is listed at $339.98. I do plan to overclock, and before you say you can overclock the 2700k to and easy 4.8 GHz, it really depends on if I get a good 2700k which is not as high of a chance as most would think. I do understand once you start adding any voltage to the 3770k it starts to "heat up like a mother ******!"(excuse my profanity.) I'm going to be using this primarily for gaming, streaming, editing video, graphic design and other heavily threaded programs, so I do need the i7 processor for the hyper-threading.
Thank you, and if you would like to see the other hardware I'm planning on for this build, they will be below.
CPU Intel Core i7-2700K or i7-3770k
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-D14 or Corsair H100
Motherboard Asus SABERTOOTH Z77
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866
SSD Crucial M4 256GB
Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 3TB 7200RPM
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB (2-Way SLI)
Case Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced
Power Supply Corsair 850W ATX12V
Optical Drive Lite-On
I also forgot to mention, the H100 brings a sense of ascetics that the NH-D14 kind of, well turns against.
I'm also planning a new, but less ambitious, build with
M/b: GIGABYTE Z77X-UD5H,
Mem: 8GB Patriot G2 pgd38G1600ELK,
SSD: SAMSUNG 830 256GB,
GPU: Zotac GeForce GTX 670 amp!
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM
Going for an overclock to about 4.5 GHz and have the same question. I would rather air cool and prioritise quiet over the overclock. So if there's not much in it in terms of noise (say, <5dB) I would go for the better overclocking cooler but if the Noctua is much quieter I would go for that and accept a lower overclock. Aesthetics don't really matter for me (which is why I'm OK with the HAF-X!)
The cpu’s thread is full with ivy cpu’s heating problems in stock speed, searching for a cooler, or a new thermal paste but I know I can’t help them I can only bring them the bad news.
i7 2700k if you maximize the air flow to NH-D14 and OC will rock but is not a bad idea to go for i7 3820 or i7 3930K to LGA 2011 motherboards at list you will not need to change motherboard again to upgrade for the upcoming processors (Haswell) hopping Intel will not make again the same ‘mistakes’.