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

KVNG

67 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!

P.S. I'm not saying that the EVGA mITX Cooler is poor in performance as it is used in many Hadron Air builds, but I am interested in knowing if I would be able to benefit noticeably by choosing the less-pretty-in-looks Noctua

Comments

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

That's the only reason I hate Noctua so much. Only one color. They make some great fans though. You aren't going to benefit that much more from Noctua fans though so I would go for the mITX cooler. The H100i is also good as the led can change into different colors.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

H100i as in the water cooling all-in-one unit from Corsair? Sadly, that doesn't fit in the Hadron Air case.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Awwwww.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Well Noctua did release their non poop colored fans but they don't perform as well from the reviews I've seen. I wonder if that is due to fan blade shape and contour or if it is the motor..

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

noctua has 2 new colors, one is an industrial line thats silly for consumers because its water and dust proof and its all black, then they have more consumer ones now that are black and grey and look really good

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I've heard that the new fans were a disappointment and are limited in choice.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you guys reccomend any good case fans that I could use with the Hadron Air that are made by Noctua?

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

EVGA mITX CPU cooler.

AND

Get the EVGA Z97 Stinger instead of the Asus Z97I-PLUS.

AND

Get an EVGA GTX 770 instead of the MSI.

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Lots of people are saying that the Noctua NH-U9B SE2 performs much better and quieter for the same price

AND

The Z97I-PLUS has better quality and features such as 5-way optimization

AND

A used MSI GTX 770 only costs $260

P.S. Do you work for EVGA, because you only suggested me EVGA components ;)

  • 67 months ago
  • 0 points

Nah lol. EVGA products just look best in the Hadron, that's all.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I think if you can come to the conclusion that the EVGA mITX Cooler is capable of pleasing you in both departments, you should commit. Wow, sounds like relationship advice. You have to find her beautiful on the inside and the outside :P

BTdubbs, that EVGA mITX Cooler is hawt. I wouldn't even care if it is a legitimate cooler. aesthetically that ho is da bomb.

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