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August 21, 2012 2:14:55 AM

Hi, I have the majority of a build set:
Category Item NewEgg
Processor Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz $229.99
Storage Samsung 830 256G $198.99
Monitor ASUS VG276H 27” 120Hz $599.99
Memory Vengeance LP 4 x 4GB DDR3 1600 $80.99 (10% discount)
Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 $119.99 ($15 giftcard)
Optical Drive LG Black SATA 24X DVD Burner $14.39 (discount)
Power supply Seasonic X650Gold $118.99 (discount)

The last 4 item have already been purchased and I intend to buy the rest in a week.
This was my original set up for the rest of the items:
Graphics MSI N670 PE/OC $404.99
Enclosure Corsair 500R $114.99
CPUFan Phantek PH-TC14PE $75.00 ($20 off promo code)
Total: $594

However after getting discount on the first item I bought I run into $50 of extra budget room due to the discount so I came up with the following 3 way to spend the extra money:
General rule/assumption:
1.EVGA GTX 670 FTW is better in a closed case like Define R4 as it doesn't spread heat to other parts like custom cool GPU.
2.I have a 20% off promotion code for Case fan
3. I will use XIGMATEK CLF-F1454 140mm 3X Case Fan for $21.58, 60 CFM/16dba

Option 1: Define R4 H80
I have always been a fan of the Define R4(2X 140mm default fan, +2 USB 2.0 compared to 500R), although I originally didn't like it because it not a open air case and I needed to add more fans/liquid cool, now I have the cash and the H80 have a $15 rebate offer(overall price down to $89.99):

Frantic Design Define R4 109.99
EVGA GTX 670 FTW 407.99
XIGMATEK CLF-F1454 140mm 3X Case Fan 21.58 (mounted as Side intake, bottom intake and top exhaust)
Corsair H80 89.99(mounted as the rear exhaust)
Total 629.55


Option 2: 500R 14PE+ fans
This is just my old plan with the extra cash spent on Fans:

Corsair 500R 114.99
MSI N670 PE/OC 404.99
XIGMATEK CLF-F1454 140mm 3X Case Fan 21.58(mounted as Bottom intake and Top exhaust 2X)
Phantek PH-TC14PE 75
Total 616.56

Option 3: 500R H80 + fans
This is just my old plan with the extra cash spent on Fans:

Corsair 500R 114.99
MSI N670 PE/OC 404.99
XIGMATEK CLF-F1454 140mm 3X Case Fan 21.58(mounted as Bottom intake and Top exhaust 2X)
Corsair H80 89.99
Total 631.55

My priority
1. Cooling(including future SLI)
2. GPU performance
3. Noise
4. Price (only matters in that I won't pay more to get same/less)

If you have an opinion on which one is best for me please let me know. I am leaning 1 at this point unless I can put the 140 mm fan as the Corsair's front intake, the 4th option I am not sure on is Option 3 but with $5 extra for H100 instead of H80(can fit on top of 500R).
August 21, 2012 3:00:28 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99 - $54.99 after $15.00 rebate FREE SHIPPING
Cooler Master TPC 812 RR-T812-24PK-R1 120mm Sleeve with Dual Vertical Vapor Chamber TPC 812 CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Heatsink-Technology... $69.21 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master TPC 812 CPU Heatsink Cooling Pad with Vapor Chamber Technology (RR-T812-24PK-R1)


http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=265... <----- review of that CM cpu h/s @ Frosty Tech

http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm <----- that same CM cpu h/s on Frosty Tech's Top 5 list
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August 21, 2012 3:06:06 AM

Why_Me said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99 - $54.99 after $15.00 rebate FREE SHIPPING
Cooler Master TPC 812 RR-T812-24PK-R1 120mm Sleeve with Dual Vertical Vapor Chamber TPC 812 CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Heatsink-Technology... $69.21 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master TPC 812 CPU Heatsink Cooling Pad with Vapor Chamber Technology (RR-T812-24PK-R1)


http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=265... <----- review of that CM cpu h/s @ Frosty Tech

http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm <----- that same CM cpu h/s on Frosty Tech's Top 5 list


Interesting but on the Top 5 list you quoted the H80(in two of my options) beats it and as you see I don't mind spending the money here for better performance.

Also I have seen a ton of Air Cooler ranking and this was the first one with the Spire as the top air cooler and Silverarrow not even in the top 10(also C14 ahead of D14), leaving me questioning its creditability.

lastly: my question was "I have 3 options, could you look through them and choose 1?", not "Here is A,B,C but could you recommend D?"
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August 21, 2012 3:13:32 AM

sherlockwing said:
Interesting but on the Top 5 list you quoted the H80(in two of my options) beats it and as you see I don't mind spending the money here for better performance.

Also I have seen a ton of Air Cooler ranking and this was the first one with the Spire as the top air cooler and Silverarrow not even in the top 10(also C14 ahead of D14), leaving me questioning its creditability.

lastly: my question was "I have 3 options, could you look through them and choose 1?", not "Here is A,B,C but could you recommend D?"

Cooler Master sells a fan to add to that cpu cooler I posted to form a "push - pull effect" to bring temps down even more. As far as Frosty Tech being credible it's the site most people use to check out heat sinks. Also check out the decibel levels on those cpu coolers seeing how you mentioned silence.

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August 21, 2012 3:18:05 AM

Why_Me said:
Cooler Master sells a fan to add to that cpu cooler I posted to form a "push - pull effect" to bring temps down even more. As far as Frosty Tech being credible it's the site most people use to check out heat sinks. Also check out the decibel levels on those cpu coolers seeing how you mentioned silence.


The general consensus of all the other air cooler review I read online(including here on Tom) is Silverarrow/D14/14PE in some order as the top 3, those 3 ranked in the top 10 you listed as: Not Ranked, #10 & #9 and you are surprised that I question is creditability?

Antec P280 case

Gigabyte graphics card with the triple "windforce " cooler
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/for [... said:
ew-18.html ]Antec P280 case

Gigabyte graphics card with the triple "windforce " cooler
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/for [...] ew-18.html


I prefer R4 over P280 ($10 extra for nothing I really need) and PE over windforce b/c I can push it further with the "triple overvoltage"(have been a sham but they fixed it with afterburner 2.2.3).

Also, while D/E suggestions are nice, what's wrong with picking one out of A/B/C?
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August 21, 2012 3:55:55 AM

A couple of questions...

Are you planning to overclock the cpu or graphics?

Are you aware your 650 watt PSU will not handle the power reqs for SLI in the future?

If you truly dont seem to mind paying more for better performance have you considered a custom water cooling loop?
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August 21, 2012 1:42:46 PM

andrew63447 said:
A couple of questions...

Are you planning to overclock the cpu or graphics?

Are you aware your 650 watt PSU will not handle the power reqs for SLI in the future?

If you truly dont seem to mind paying more for better performance have you considered a custom water cooling loop?


I am planning to overclock the CPU and GPU as much as cooling would allow.

I am aware that by the time I buy the new GPU for SLI I will need to buy a 850 W PSU as well(and sell my 650W)

I don't mind paying more for better performance, I mind paying more for the hassle of settling up and maintaining a custom water cooling loop.

At any rate, since going D is the popular opinion here is D:

Define R4 109.99
EVGA 670 FTW 407.99
140mm fan 3X 21.58(Bottom intake, side intake, top exhaust)
PH-TC14PE 75.00
Total 614.56(+20 from my original, thinking about going for a higher tier fan with the $30)

Seem alright?
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August 28, 2012 12:01:18 AM

Best answer selected by sherlockwing.
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