Lonewolf08 wrote:After one of my Corsair Hydro H70 coolers had a pump failure after less than two months of operation, I've gone back to using large air coolers like the CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo. They're cheaper and apparently more reliable than the water coolers. However, my older Hydro H70 is still going strong after 16 months in my gaming PC.Cooler: CORSAIR CWCH60 Hydro Series H60
Lonewolf08 wrote:Have you considered getting 2x8 GiB of PC3-12800 instead?
Lonewolf08 wrote:I'd be inclined to choose Radeon HD7850 ($247½) or Radeon HD7950 ($380) or GeForce GTX670 ($410) instead of Radeon HD7870 ($337½). Here's a hot-clocked (975 MHz) Radeon HD7850 for $267:
Lonewolf08 wrote:Those are fine components, but they are fairly expensive. The Antec Three Hundred Illusion + Antec EarthWatts Green EA-650 would be a much less expensive solution. The EarthWatts Green EA-430 could save you even more, as long as you don't plan on a 40nm GPU.
Lonewolf08 wrote:$65 -10MIR Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX case
Lonewolf08 wrote:SSD: SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128D/AM 2.5" 128GB
Walkintarget wrote:I just can't go back to air cooling after picking up an H80. I lived for the past 3 years with a Zerotherm Nirvana NV120 air cooler, and while it did a great job at cooling my Q6700@3.5, it was so loud that I could hear it up the steps on the next floor.
I bought the H80 and was amazed at the difference in noise. I can now watch TV in the same room without having to turn the volume up to overpower the HSF. The stock fans weren't anything great so I replaced them with GT-1850's and its been such a blissful silence that I can't believe it took me this long to do it.
No knock against air cooling other than noise, so that was priority #1 for me.