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First post, after lurking. I'd be really grateful of some thoughts on an immediate build. I built several ATX rigs in the past, currently have a nice ASUS laptop; space and noise...
Keen take the plunge back and try and reach a good balance balance between something silent, powerful, small, and not too expensive. Budget is around £1000. Main use will be for gaming. Modest overclocking quite likely.

This is what I have down for parts:

Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
Asus Z87I-Pro
Node 304
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB
Silverstone 450W 80 PLUS Gold
Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB
Samsung 840 Series 250GB

Unsure what route to take on cooling. Wireless keyboard and mouse too confusedsmiley.png
Also need to get a screen; budget may have to be flexed...

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AIO WC would be the way to go.
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Not something I want to change my mind on afterwards! Read quite a few posts/articles pointing toward air cooling. I've no experience of water cooling.
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Not something I want to change my mind on afterwards! Read quite a few posts/articles pointing toward air cooling. I've no experience of water cooling.
You don't need experience with AIO (All-in-one) watercooling. Its products like the Corsair H80/100 and the Antec Kuhler. Basically its just one extra step over air cooling. The one extra step is mounting the radiator on one of the fan slots. They are super simple. My first build was with a Corsair H100. Easiest thing I've ever done.
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You don't need experience with AIO (All-in-one) watercooling. Its products like the Corsair H80/100 and the Antec Kuhler. Basically its just one extra step over air cooling. The one extra step is mounting the radiator on one of the fan slots. They are super simple. My first build was with a Corsair H100. Easiest thing I've ever done.


^ This.

I have that same chip and it's a hothead. I have a full custom water cooling loop and still see pretty high temps during benchmarks. I'd agree that an all-in-one would be the way to go. When I had an H60 it was easier to install than the 212 Evo that I replaced it with.
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Thanks for the tips. Shame they all come with black pipes; think I'd be better off trying out plumbing on an ATX first, so leaning toward the AIO in favour of the air. Read about H60 and H80, what about noise levels? Install vids don't seem to give up much info.
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I've had my Node 304 both air cooled with a Zalman 9900MAX and now water cooled with an NZXT Kraken X40(i7 3770K mild OC to 4.1GHZ), I changed more for the ease access than anything(Zalman a pain to install/uninstall don't recommend for that but it was silent and cooled extremely well) but overall I'd say between them the cooling factor has been a wash. I think some of the beastly air coolers are capable of out performing WCs in the case due to the wind tunnel effect but it's not huge maybe a couple degrees, YMMV. That said, I did have to replace the NZXT fan with a Noctua to get a quiet case again, though if there's absolutely no background noise, a slight hum from the pump can still be heard and I think you'll pretty much always have that with an AIO but under normal conditions I can't hear from a foot or two away. Overall you'll probably never get as quiet with an AIO as a good quiet air cooler, but sound and temp performance can vary greatly between both varieties. Right now I get a max of around 55C with Prime 95 in torture mode, no discrete GPU.
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