Originally Posted by kyjol
That depends whether you are comfortable with an AIO (there's always a risk of leakage, even if minute) and what you want to achieve with your setup. If you want as big as an overclock as possible, which I guess you might since you have a k chip, then AIO is to be considered. Although I am not sure about the overclock on a H110 board. If you don't need to overclock, then you'd be fine on air cooling.
I got my i5-6600k because it was cheaper at the time than a non-k chip for some reason. It's sitting on stock 3.5GHz and undervolted to 1V.
I'm getting around 60C under Prime95 Small FFTs testing, it's rock stable. Normal Windows usage is around 35-40, Gaming around 50, video encoding (HEVC) below 60. Just an idea what you might expect with a good cooler. I don't know about the Big Shuriken, I heard good things but it's probably not the best cooler around. I'm sitting on a Noctua NH-L12 now with a Cryoring XT140 slim fan sitting on top of it (the thick Noctua one wouldn't fit) and it's pretty good. However, I have a Cryorig C1 waiting to be mounted - it uses a single fan (the same XT140 slim) but has the same or even marginally lower temps than the Noctua, because it has 6 heatpipes instead of 4 and is around 100-150g more massive (can't remember the exact number). After pretty extensive research that would be my top choice for this case.
Going air would also give you the benefit of mounting an intake fan with high static pressure, which dramatically helps with the overall airflow and pressure inside the case. Even with a full length GPU you could still squeeze in a 140mm fan with some modding - either by drilling in new mounting holes into the front or trying to make a mount work with plastic bands. It would definitely help the GPU and motherboard to get some breeze in there.
I hope this helps.
Hello, thanks so much, thats a very helpful answer!
Well, I got the 6600k used, but dont plan to overclock it, just got a good deal on it. Im saving a lot of money by not getting a Z chip motherboard too. Im worried my 450 Watt PSU wont be sufficient to overclock it combined with the 980ti anyway.
The Cryorig C1 and Noctua NH-L12 look nice, but a little expensive for my taste. Ive heard good things about the Shuriken, and the price is still OK at about $37. It should only be slightly worse than the Noctua according to this review by SilentPcreview: http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1270-page7.html
I was just thinking that with an AIO, CPU heat doesnt get inside the case but gets exhausted straight away. This should help with GPU temps as well? Although someone on the previous page has said he actually gets worse GPU temps on an AIO cooler than on a air cooler. Seems counterintuitive to me, but what do I know?
Alright, I think I will get a Shuriken combined with a good 140mm static pressure intake then. I thought my GPU would limit me to 120mm, but I dont mind getting a bit creative to make it fit!