Hello Tom's Hardware community, This will be my 3rd time building a PC and I have found this website to be very useful in my decision making. As you all know buying a new system can be intimidating with the sheer volume of products on the market, so its nice to have a resource like Tom's hardware. My budget is just over 3K, and I live in Canada so prices may vary. This system is mainly going to be used for gaming, and possibly overclocking. Here's a look at the hardware in this build, everything is pretty much settled on, everything except the CPU cooler.
Case:NZXT Phantom Full Tower CPU:Intel Core i5 3570K Motherboard:Asus Maximus V Formula Memory:Gskill Ripjaws 32GB PC3-12800 HD1:Seagate Barracuda 2TB HD2:Intel SSD 335 Series 240GB Optical:Asus DRW-24B1ST 24x DVD-RW Drive Video Card: Dual EVGA GTX 680 Superclocked 2GB Power Supply: OCZ ZX Series 1250Watt Modular PSU (Probably more than I need)
So I have a dilemma on choosing a cooler for my CPU. Im having a hard time deciding between closed loop water cooling and Air cooling. From what I've read a good air cooler can perform just as well as a closed loop cooling unit. The one thing that I hate about air cooling is the size of the heatsinks. I also considered a complete water cooling loop but I don't wanna be a part of the maintenance involved. Here's a list of coolers I'm having trouble deciding on:
Antec Kuhler H20 920 Corsair H100i with after market 120mm fans Zalman LQ-320 Noctua D14 Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
From this list what would you recommend using for this build? Thanks!
More aboutbrand spankin system
Haha, Yes I meant the 3570K
A gaming system with 32gb ram.... really? Cut the down to 8.