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Best CPU cooling for my build

jcubed

83 months ago

I've been going round and round on this build, getting lots of feedback, second, third, and fourth guessing myself on various decisions, but my trigger finger is getting SUPER itchy. The last hang-up I have is on the CPU cooler. I was originally going to go with a Corsair H90 because its 140mm fan was the same size as the stock HAF X rear exhaust, but I'm not sure if that's really the best choice. I'm not even entirely sold on closed loop liquid anymore, although it does still interest me. Mainly it'd be nice to not have a giant heatsink in there, although I know I'll have plenty of space for it. Anyways...

  • Before you say anything else, what I have here is decided on, so before you start telling me how silly I am for going 3770k instead of 3820 or whatever, know that I have my reasons, and it is what it is.

  • I've seen a video of someone mounting an H100 to the top of the HAF X, underneath the 200mm exhaust fan to get a push pull set-up going on, so I know that's a possibility.

  • I would like to try my hand at overclocking someday, and I know Ivy Bridge runs hot. I'm not planning on trying to break any records or anything.

So given what I have here, let the discussion on best overall cooling option for this build begin! Oh, and thanks in advance.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $304.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $222.94 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $107.99 @ Newegg
Storage Intel 520 Series Cherryville 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $264.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $74.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card $392.98 @ Newegg
Case Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case $160.00 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $174.78 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $59.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $139.99 @ Newegg
Monitor Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor $299.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $2203.63
Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-19 12:59 EDT-0400

Comments

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

I would go for a 360mm radiator on the top (I had a HAF with this), I am currently running a kraken x60 which is also amazing for closed water cooling

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