An upgrade is looming on the horizon, so I decided to ask for opinions on the (air) cooling setup.
I'll try to be as brief as possible.
The case will be the Fractal Designe Meshify C, the Phanteks P400A, or the Corsair 275R Airflow. More likely one of the first two if Gamers Nexus does not review the third one, or if the results aren't as good.
The processor will be either an AMD R5 3600 or R7 3700X. Graphics card is a GTX 1060, no upgrade is planned for it in the foreseeable future.
The system will operate 24/7. I value performance and silence (with emphasis on the latter) above price, so I'm willing to spend more if it would be worth it.
First I need recommendations for a CPU cooler, and more specifically a single-tower one, as I think it should be optimal for my needs. Unfortunately variety isn't particularly good here (Bulgaria).
So far the be quiet! Shadow Rock Slim seems to stand out as having the best price/performance/noise ratio for my usage scenario, but I'm open to other suggestions. I'm also open to the idea of getting a cheaper cooler for the heatsink, and replacing the fan.
Next I need advice on the intake fans. So far I've selected Noctua but -- again -- I'm open to other suggestions:
- 2 x NF-A14
- 3 x NF-S12A
- 3 x NF-A12
- 2 x 140 mm Silent Wings 3 (High Speed)
- 3 x 120 mm Silent Wings 3 (High Speed)
I know the S12A do not have great static pressure but as intake case fans for the cases above perhaps that would not be a problem. Could be wrong, though.
Instead of listing available brands, I am including a couple of websites so you can get some idea what is available (if necessary). Hopefully the language barrier won't be too high:
Sadly, SilverStone and Thermalright are unavailable. Maybe I could order them from Amazon or some other online shop so they would need to be worth the extra hassle and price increase.
One last thing: I prefer coolers/fans without RGB. I'm building a PC, not a nightclub.
Any input will be greatly appreciated!