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Recommendations on cooling and case for a 6700K/1080/TB3/2xM.2 build


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#1 kartik_subbarao

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Posted 17 December 2016 - 08:57 PM

I'm looking for recommendations on cooling and a case for a build with the following requirements:

  • Intel I7-6700K (will probably wait for I7-7700K in January; assuming that cooling/case requirements won't change)
  • nVidia GeForce GTX 1080
  • 64GB RAM
  • At least one Thunderbolt 3 port
  • Two M.2 ports, compatible with HP Z Turbo Drive G2 or equivalent

Based on this, I have narrowed down the motherboard to one of these two (again, will probably wait for the Z270 equivalents in January):

  • Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming GT
  • ASRock Z170 OC Formula

I am NOT planning to overclock any of the above components. You should assume that the maximum power requirements are the out-of-the-box requirements for all of the above.

 

There are no budget restrictions per se -- I want to see what's possible.

 

With the case and cooling fan(s), I want to optimize for the following, roughly in this order with #1 as most important and #7 as least important:

  1. Ease of building the system
  2. Minimum number of cooling components/simpler cooling components/smaller cooling components
  3. Low Weight
  4. Low Noise (I'm assuming I can get a reasonably-quiet system without having to make trade offs with 1-3 above, but let me know if otherwise)
  5. Smaller Case Size (but not at the expense of any of the above)
  6. Transparent case with LEDs that change dynamically based on temperature (but not at the expense of any of the above)
  7. Ease of cleaning (e.g. removable dust filter or equivalent)

I very much want to exploit the fact that I won't be overclocking anything. I just want to take cooling off the table as an issue affecting system reliability. So for example, if there is a simple, lightweight, quiet air cooler that satisfies the TDP requirement of 95W for the I7-7700K, that's the kind of thing that I want. Likewise, if there is a lightweight, small, quiet case that's very easy to work with, and meets the system's overall cooling requirements, that's what I'm looking for.

 

Thanks in advance for any recommendations you might have.

 



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#2 Captain_Chicken

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Posted 17 December 2016 - 10:43 PM

Cases I could recommend:
Corsair 570X
*large tempered glass with color changing fans
Be quiet Dark base pro 900
*Quiet, easy to build in

Coolers:
Cooler master hyper t2
be quiet! Pure Rock Slim
be quiet! DARK ROCK TF

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#3 kartik_subbarao

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Posted 18 December 2016 - 01:38 PM

Thanks for the recommendations.



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Posted 18 December 2016 - 10:24 PM

Excellent choices.The ASRock Z170 OC formula is also excellent i easily took a 6700k to 4.8 GHZ with some DDR4 2666 recently. That build was sold nearly as soon as i finished it. I did use water on that build but those air-cooled heat sink fans linked above are also excellent for stock and medium overclocks they will easily handle 4.4- 4.5 GHZ.


Edited by Zone_86, 18 December 2016 - 10:24 PM.





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