First of all, thank you so much for such a great website. I have been trying to buy and build my first PC and techbuyersguru.com is a game changer for me.
So, as I mentioned in the subject I want to build the $2,000 premium gaming pc build. There are 2 things that I want to ask:
1) I have over $2,000 to spend on my PC but not $2,500, so I thought of changing the Noctua NH-U14S to the Corsair Hydro H100i v2 Liquid Cooler. At the same time, I was thinking of going with the EVGA Supernova P2 850W instead of the 750W. The reason behind these decisions brings me to my second question.
2) I can't fit the Phanteks Enthoo Pro Case in my table (it's too tall) so I wanted to ask your opinion on what other cases can I go with? And can the other case have the Corsair Hydro H100i v2 Liquid Cooler, as the place where I want to put my PC is covered from all sides by wood (hardwood table) except the front and I need as much cooling power as possible, so it won't overheat.
Thank you in advance for your help!
Welcome to the TBG Forum, Jannicuss!
It sounds like you want to place your PC inside a closed compartment. I would caution you that even with a fresh air intake, the cooling of the system will be highly compromised if there is no way for the hot air to exit the cabinet. A small vent cut out of the back of the cabinet would help. A liquid cooler is only somewhat beneficial in this situation, as the hot air will exhaust directly out of the PC case, but if it's trapped inside a cabinet, eventually it will begin to back up into the PC case.
With that being said, there are a few cases smaller than the Phanteks Enthoo Pro
that can fit the Corsair H100i v2 Cooler
. The big issue is that many cases that advertise compatibility can only fit it in front, which is a pretty terrible location from a thermal management standpoint. You want it installed on top or not at all, in my opinion. Therefore, the case I recommend is the Phanteks Enthoo Pro M
, which has a 240mm cooler mount on top, and both front and rear 140mm fans. Note that this is case is just as wide as the Phanteks Enthoo Pro case, so make sure to check that all dimensions work, not just height. Here they are: 235 mm (W) x 480 mm (H) x 500 mm (D).
In terms of the power supply, there is no advantage to choosing the EVGA Supernova P2 850W
rather than the Supernova P2 750W
in this build. The system can't possibly use anywhere near enough power to even stress the 750W unit. The only reason to consider the 850W unit is if you wanted to run dual video cards in the future, but in this situation, you really cannot place the system in a close cabinet, as the video cards will overheat.