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I'm a bit biased, but after you go full water you won't look back to aircooling. Also, if done properly and with the right stuff, the only maintenance is refilling the reservoir with the necessary amount of water and clean any air filters you might have.
If you plan to go H100, you really not need ny kind of maintenance, other than making sure the radiator is dust free.
I feel it unfair to compare a budget aircooler to an H100. If you have the money to get it, why not get the best aircooler, a Noctua NH-D14? That cooler rivals the H100 in performance, and reduces the leak risk to zero.
The PSU is also overkill for your needs, so it's good. While a fully modular PSU might be more convenient and cleaner, the TX650 v2 is a good PSU. I have the bigger brother (TX750 v2) and it could give enough juice to an obscenely OC'd system (look at my main rig, and substract the GTS 450, it's a new addition starting from today)
In general, the rig looks fine. I would go with a 7950/7970 (more VRAM for rendering) but that's just me, the 670 will serve you well too.

Yeh when i posted those prices for the coolers, i was like...thats a bit 1 sided when it comes to tight budgets lol.
I was really thinking of the Noctua (i am aware of how good of an air cooler it is) but...the god dam brown and cream colors...***. I'm not 1 that care so much for looks, but jesus christ man...That's like so...1980-1990's + its really heavy isn't it? (like 1.6 KG) Wouldn't my mobo just fall apart if it gets nudged with that thing on? lol.
O nvm, i think it will fit snug between my MOBO & Case. It's definitely a beast tho.

So if i get the H100, you're saying it won't need any maintenance other than the usual dust removal?

Also i am still looking at the 7970 compared to the 670 and the reason i chose to go with the 670 is because of the great power consumption and the fact that there's barely any difference in performance between the two, apart from AMD better OC's?.
I might roll with the 7970...its really tight between the 2 tbh, i have read at least....10 reviews and many many threads -_-'
Edited by james990 - 12/11/12 at 10:39pm
post #12 of 16
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Yeh when i posted those prices for the coolers, i was like...thats a bit 1 sided when it comes to tight budgets lol.
I was really thinking of the Noctua (i am aware of how good of an air cooler it is) but...the god dam brown and cream colors...***. I'm not 1 that care so much for looks, but jesus christ man...That's like so...1980-1990's + its really heavy isn't it? (like 1.6 KG) Wouldn't my mobo just fall apart if it gets nudged with that thing on? lol.
O nvm, i think it will fit snug between my MOBO & Case. It's definitely a beast tho.
So if i get the H100, you're saying it won't need any maintenance other than the usual dust removal?
Also i am still looking at the 7970 compared to the 670 and the reason i chose to go with the 670 is because of the great power consumption and the fact that there's barely any difference in performance between the two, apart from AMD better OC's?.
I might roll with the 7970...its really tight between the 2 tbh, i have read at least....10 reviews and many many threads -_-'

Yeah, while awesome spec-wise, i agree noctua has a hideous color scheme. Thee are other darned good aircoolers, like the Thermalright Silver Arrow, along with others not in the top of my head. Ask about them in the aircooling section.

The H100 is meant to be maintenance-free, unlike a true watercooling loop. In fact, you voidthe warranty by unplugging the tubes. So, the only maintenance would be cleaning the radiator to keep air flowing, and changing the TIM like once a year.

The 670, while having similar performance, has more VRAM and a higher memory bandwidth, which can prove to be good for renderings, but any option is okay in fact. Just pick whatever is cheaper.
Edited by Starbomba - 12/12/12 at 5:06am
   
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TRUST ME U WANT A H100 OVER A BIG BRICK OF A CPU COOLER. I think they look so tacky. I usto have the 212 and that was even too much.if u get a gtx 670 get the MSI power edition..beast of a card and the cooler is great
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TRUST ME U WANT A H100 OVER A BIG BRICK OF A CPU COOLER. I think they look so tacky. I usto have the 212 and that was even too much.if u get a gtx 670 get the MSI power edition..beast of a card and the cooler is great

The H100 is good, but not that good. Also, the good air blocks aren't that heavy, and the ripping/breaking issue has been over exaggerated. I've never seen any motherboard broken or ripped by having a heavy cooler, and people have fitted things like the Thermalright TRUE Copper, which the heatsink alone weights almost 2 Kg (add to that the weight of the fans, and good fans aren't light)

While i love the H-series coolers from Corsair (i owned both an H50 and H70, and i'm still using the H70 to cool down my GTS 450), there are equal and cheaper options in aircooling, or way better options with a full loop with a cheapo XSPC Rasa kit, that's why i cannot truly recommend one unless you're really constrained about space (and even then, watercooling is a good option if you know what parts to fit, like this guy who is watercooling an i5 inside a NES case)
   
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post #15 of 16
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The H100 is good, but not that good. Also, the good air blocks aren't that heavy, and the ripping/breaking issue has been over exaggerated. I've never seen any motherboard broken or ripped by having a heavy cooler, and people have fitted things like the Thermalright TRUE Copper, which the heatsink alone weights almost 2 Kg (add to that the weight of the fans, and good fans aren't light)
While i love the H-series coolers from Corsair (i owned both an H50 and H70, and i'm still using the H70 to cool down my GTS 450), there are equal and cheaper options in aircooling, or way better options with a full loop with a cheapo XSPC Rasa kit, that's why i cannot truly recommend one unless you're really constrained about space (and even then, watercooling is a good option if you know what parts to fit, like this guy who is watercooling an i5 inside a NES case)
Noctua:
  • Weight (with fan) 1070/1240* g
  • Runs super quiet, more quiet than H100
  • Keeps CPU's stupidly cool (better or just as well as the H100)
  • Fits my Fractal Design ARC Midi case nice & snug
I might roll with the air cooler.
If anyone else can convince me otherwise, its still welcome :3
I'm already running over my budget with the Noctua so getting a water cooler is almost out of the question.
Btw, that case is so cool lol.
post #16 of 16
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Bump for update in the first post.
"With a great change in luck i can add an extra $400 to my build. 1 of my parrots had another baby :3
Is there anything i should consider upgrading/ changing?
Should i change my build to a water cooled CPU, Corsair H100 maybe? Mind you the Noctua is 1 of the best air coolers but its real phat & fat."
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