I am building a gaming PC with a GTX 670 (and eventually an 2nd one for SLI) and have a few questions about finishing my build.
Can I hold off on getting a CPU heatsink until I start overclocking, or would I be running hot even without overclocking?
I don't plan on overclocking right away because I don't know anything about doing it, but plan to learn all i need to know in the coming months. I don't want to take any risks with my hardware AT ALL though, and am instead considering just getting the Hyper 212 EVO ($28) http://www.nextwarehouse.com/item/?1153333_g10e.
Will the 212 EVO be good enough for my final build with 2 670s and a serious overclock? or will I want to upgrade later to a heatsink in the $80-100 range and sell the used EVO?
Any other cooling recommendations?
I am still choosing the perfect case for my build but could still use a little help. I'm Willing to spend up to 130ish, but would prefer the $80-110 range.
What I want in a case (in order of importance):
1. Big. Lots of room for the 2 670s and everything else. I'm not concerned with how much space it takes up.
2. Coolest. Aside from being able to fit everything comfortably inthe case, temperature is my main concern.
3. No annoying LEDs. If they can't be turned off then they shouldn't be too bright. I'd prefer no lights, but cooling is more important. Aesthetics are not important AT ALL, I just don't want to be distracted by useless glowing LEDs.
4. Quiet. Cooling is much more important to me, but I would consider paying a premium for silence, as long as I'm not sacrificing cooling.
5. Features. Stuff like USB 3.0, HD Audio, and other little extras.
Cases I'm Looking at:
A. COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper ($111 - 20MIR) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is my favorite so far. Gigantic. Decent stock fans. LED lights can be switched off. %15 more if I don't buy before midnight so I have to decide quickly whether this is the best I can do for the money .
B. Rosewill BLACKHAWK Mid Tower ($90) http://rosewillinc.store.buy.com/p [...] 99771.html
This would be my first choice if not for the damn LEDs that can't be switched off.
-get a noctua nh-d14. cools very well. have one and its so much quieter than the hyper 212 evo on my friends rig
-id pay 9 bucks more for more software and a wifi card (although not needed, it could be used as a hotspot for a phone)
-the fractal define r4 is a good quiet case. decent cooling
id suggest holding off the noctua nh-d14 cooler for now since it is quite expensive at the moment
you wont see a good 670 at around 350 dollars. and when i mean good 670s, i mean the msi power edition and the gigabyte windforce gtx670. nothing else
when you say hold off, does that mean I'd be alright without a cpu heatsink until I overclock?
As for the motherboard. I really like the UD5H based on everything I've read. I am buying a CPU + Motherboard deal from Microcenter ($40 off mobo after tax and CPU is $30 less) and the V-pro is not available from MC. Nor is the UD5H with WiFi and BT, but I doubt I'd ever really need it (I have a wifi router).
***EDIT: V-Pro IS available from MicroCenter. Price difference is $30. Help me choose, please.***
The fractal seems good but more geared towards noise-reduction than cooling. I think I'd prefer the STORM Sniper.
I think I can wait a bit to see if prices drop a bit on the 670. I doubt I'll last long once the system is setup and waiting for it though. The 2nd 670 is a long way off, and may never happen, but the fact that I can get a 2nd one in the future is worth the extra cost of the mobo and psu
I think I've narrowed it down to 3. I can't decide. I'm leaning towards the Arc Midi because its the cheapest, or the Storm Sniper because of the reviews. The 500r looks great too.
The clock is ticking...
That Samsung memory is underated by Samsung. Many people run that memory at 2133 Mhz stable with memtest and super pi at an impressive timing 9-10-10-28 1T at less than 1.5V. You typically can't find this kind of memory at this price anywhere else really. If you don't like overclocking, set it to run at 1866 Mhz at CAS 9-9-9-24 1T at 1.35V like I did.
Not installing ya CPU cooler "from the get go" means taking it apart and re-assembling. This can take anywhere from 15 minutes to over an hour depending on your case and you skill level.
Overclocking is a "easy as pie / piece of cake" and unless you try real hard, it is very hard to damage your processor. You can "learn all you need to know" in about 10 minutes by reading any of the readily available CPU Overclocking Guides.
The Hyper 212 is an excellent cooler "for the money". I use it in all my builds with < $1,000 budget. You have chosen a IB CPU in which run much hotter than SB and fo thast reason, i try and work in at least a $50 cooler.
The Hyper 612 PWM is teh 212's big brother and will net you an extra 5=7C of cooling over the 212. The Scythe Mugen 3 does just a well If yiu can afford the $80, it's money well spent. The Phanteks, Thermaltake Silver Arrow and the Noctua DH-14 are the big three. The Arrow has the same decibel level as the Phanteks but "sounds quieter" due to sound frequency being at a point less sensitive to my ears at least. The Phanteks wins the thermasl competition by just a 1/4 degree but the 5 year warranty and the aesthetics make it n easy choice in my book over the Noc.
The ASUS seems like its worth the extra $13, with its better overclock and quieter operation. I'm just wondering if the price will drop at all between now and black friday. Or, is this the best I'm going to do for the price?
I'm getting a microcenter deal on the CPU + mobo that will save me $70 (before shipping).
The price difference at MC is $30. I would pay for the ASUS, but I feel like I'd be getting more bang for my buck from the Gigabyte since I don't need WiFi.
The UD5H: has better audio (I believe) and a smoother UEFI for noobs like me (from what I've read)
The V-Pro: better name brand, WiFi, better fan control, 16 phase power design (whatever that means)