Well taking a quick look at the review you linked. It's just one review of many. Even so you should notice that the NH-D14 scored the highest in performance. Where it was marked down at was features, ease of use and value. With the exceptions of features ( maybe they wanted prettier fans) I find that understable.
Frio is a top contender so it makes sense to test against it. It's a good package from what I understand. Good heatsink, good fans, good mounting system, for a competitive price.
Yeah i saw a youtube review about it and the pictures on scan dont really do it justice. When you said some noobies might struggle with bigger fans i thought how big could it be, then when i saw the actual thing in a rig being reviewed i thought holy crap! But it said that performance wise it blew everything out of the water. The FRIO i think wasnt even tested against the noctua i dont think but it was compared to the fenrir xmas edition, which i saw the frio had at least beat that on the low setting. I was thinking of leaning more towards a Frio after seeing that beasts size.
Never heard of that air cooler before. Can't help there.
HX850 has been overshadowed by the newer and more effecient AX850. It is still a very good PSU and I really like that it has 6 PCI Express conectors.
Cases are so personal. The budget you seem to be giving to the case you should have plenty of can't go wrong options. Out of what you have listed I'd go for the 650D You might want to check out the about to be released Carbide series too though. http://www.scan.co.uk/products/corsa...g-case-w-o-psu http://www.scan.co.uk/products/corsa...-ccase-w-o-psu
Yeah i know theAX has blown it out of the water, i was just wondering about if it would be an alternative. I saw the Antec 750 that was recommended and kept looking at others to compare, and i remember the HX from one of the companies i originally wanted to go with. I saw the Antec HCP-750 got a high rating in one of my mags, but id guess if i was spending that ammount youd recommend the few extra Â£ to go for the AX850.
I personally like the 650d on its rigid looks with the window, and also feel guilty about admiring the new edition of the 600T White 600T which is just the 600T with some fixes and a side window, but read that the 600t and 650d had trouble with air cooling (which again that was probably me reading a strange review)
I have noticed the 500 series thats due out, but for some reason even tho the 650d is all boxy, the 500s look really boxy to me but in a way the 650 doesnt.