66 months ago
So I am building a new pc (first time builder) and am trying to decide on a cpu cooler. I dont know if I will overclock immediately but I want the option to be there, because I don't really know how much of a boost you can get. I was thinking of a heatsink along the lines of a noctua, but then I researched more into the h100i and corsairs water coolers. Then I was thinking a h80i but I dont know where to mount it. I could mount it on top of my case but I am OCD and would want a 240mm radiator since it has room for it. So then I thought of the h80i and putting it on the exhaust of the case in the rear but I feel that would reduce cooling because warmer/hot air would be blowing through the radiator.
Can I get some insight on this? Remember, I don't want to mount a 120mm radiator on the top because I would rather have 2 fans or a 240mm radiator, just for aesthetics, and not sure about mounting a 120mm on the exhaust due to a performance drop. I would also be okay with a 240mm like the h100i but am not sure if it is needed. Im trying to get the bare minimum of the build right now because im also saving for my first car so I just want to get what will allow the PC to work without issue. If I can go with the stock cooler and not OC (if I decide I want to) until I get a higher end cooler that would be great.
Current build in mind: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/X3YCZL
It will be gaming/video editing, and yes I do plan to add a video card later. The processor is already much better than the one in my current laptop.