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[NEED HELP] Choosing Aesthetics vs. Performance for Hadron Air Cooling

KVNG
  • 71 months ago

I have been planning to do a Hadron Air build for a while now and have decided to implement these parts:

  • i5 4670k
  • MSI Twin Froz GTX 770
  • 8 GB Patriot Ram
  • ASUS Z97i-PLUS
  • Samsung 840 EVO 128 gb SSD
  • Hadron Air

I need help deciding between these two options and please choose not solely based on performance(obviously Noctua has better cooling) but also if the sacrifice of aesthetics is worth the performance. For example, I would only choose the Noctua option over the others if it allows for a significant temperature reduction and noticeable difference in noise (one of the things I hated most about my last build was the noise).

  • Noctua NH-U9B SE2 w/ stock Hadron Air exhaust fans replaced with Noctua NF-S12B (Example build: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/qWNG3C) - If I end up going with Noctua, what lighting (RGB led strip, cold cathodes, etc.) should I use to make the build more bearable/pleasing-to-the-eyes and should I flip the Noctua NF-S12B's to be intake fans for positive pressure within the case to minimize dust?

  • Cooler Master Gemin II S524 w/ Corsair AF/SP 120 Fans - *Although not the best cooler, the large design of the heatsink fan covers up much of the space of the motherboard and hides many cables as shown here: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/qVMp99

  • (My preferred pick for aesthetics) EVGA mITX Cooler (nearly the same price as Noctua NH-U9B SE2) w/ Red LED Corsair AF 120 Fans - *As can be seen here: https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-awQalCSz4D0/U48M6oWzFdI/AAAAAAAAO08/xd_iD6ndTP8/w1364-h910-no/2.png, this build would look stunning but at nearly the same price as the Noctua set, I am concerned that I may be giving up on a lot of performance (am I?)

Notes: I've been having a lot of trouble deciding between these sets, so I would like to learn from you guys's suggestions and experiences. If you want to suggest a certain cooler, fans, or lighting configuration then I would love to hear it!

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Why not a 4690k?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

4670k can be bought used for ~$210. Is the 4690k worth the extra $30?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, it definitely is especially if you are overclocking

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

well its a duh moment right now as its a $1 difference..but I can see not going with it when its back to the usual $25 dollar difference.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, but is it worth having to give up a nicer looking build?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

right now its $1 more so you wont be giving up anything, the difference between these 2 chips are about 2 degrees in temp..that it from what I gather.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

No, I'm talking about the Noctua cooler vs the EVGA mITX Cooler. They are both similar in price, but is it worth giving up an aesthetically-pleasing build to go with the better-performing Noctua cooler?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

that's such a personal decision there really isn't an answer..you also have to look at how much you want to overclock. If you are not OCing then looks would be the way to go as stock cooler will do the job., but if your trying to get 5Ghz..your best bet would be Noctua or better..

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

If you want a quieter fan( say for the EVGAmITX Cooler). Take a look at this fan

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cougar-case-fan-cfd12hbr. it is orange but with red led lights

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