So I've been lurking this thread for the last week or two, now that finals are over I'm about to start my first build from scratch. I'll be running a 3770K, and since I've heard the temps start to rise pretty quick once you give it some voltage I'm leaning towards the closed loop watercooling route. I've noticed quite a few of the rigs I've seen on here have used the H100/100i so I thought you guys would have some good feedback on the closed loop WC setups. Ideally I would go with a full custom setup, but I've spent too much money already on this rig as it is
Anyways, I've been debating between the H100i, the H110, and the NZXT Kraken X60. From what I've read, the C70 supports a fan spacing of 20mm for 280mm radiators, but both the H110 and X60 use 15mm spacing. So my questions are:
1) Is there much of an advantage to going for a 280mm radiator over a 240mm like the H100i?
2) Has anyone tried to mount a 280mm rad with 15mm fan spacing in the C70? Any advice if I decide to give it a try?
3) Is there really that
much of an advantage to closed loop WC over a high performance aircooler? I've been looking at the NH-D14, Phanteks PH-TC14CS, and the Cooler Master TPC-812 in case I decide to stick with air. Any opinions or advice on those options?
I'm going to start my build as soon as I'm done with this damn project for my control systems class, I'll try to get a build log going too. Will post pics as soon as it starts coming together.
P.S. Serious props to the builds I've seen on here
Haven't decided exactly what direction I'm gonna go once I start modding mine, but I've gotten plenty of inspiration from everyone's cases that I've seen. Will keep you guys posted once I settle on some kind of theme. Thinking about something Star Wars Episode V style? I have the white C70 so something Hoth-like seems like a good route to go.