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.