Air or water cooling for the H440? Which cooler is best?

I just typed a 500 word question that got deleted, so I'm sorry if this is a little choppy now. Also, sorry if wrong section.

I was wondering since my case has bad airflow, the H440, would it be better to air or water cool?

For water cooling I'm looking at the Kraken x61. If you know of a better water cooling all in one, please comment. I could use the x41 and mount it where the exhuast fan would be, which I might just do.

For air cooling... I'm not sure, I would like the NH-D15, but it's such an eye sore. Anyway I thought air cooling could be good compared to water cooling, because I could face the fans to blow out into the exhuast fan. If anyone knows of some good looking air cooling, without a lot of clearance issues, please help a brother.

System Specs (not built yet, which is why I'm asking):
http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Agrias/saved/QCdgXL
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  1. Hello

    The X60 is slightly better than D15 in cooling, but a lot pricer, and noiser than the D15





    The D15 fit with your case, but don't your RAM I believe
    Why don't going for a cheaper cooler, even with OC, a Noctua U12S/14S can be enough

    I would change some parts of your build :
    - Two screens ?
    - Take a Samsung or Crucial SSD
  2. AHBman said:

    I would change some parts of your build :
    - Two screens ?
    - Take a Samsung or Crucial SSD

    Thank you for those charts, I couldn't find any kind of bench marking like those.

    I am currently using two screens right now, but would like them to be the same screens. It's super handy to have two screens, and I usually recommend it to everyone.

    I am also on a budget build, so I was just looking for a cheap boot drive, but I'll look into those two drives and see what it's worth.
  3. Two screens are not convinient for gaming, and you will need more than a GTX 970 to handle 2 x 1080p screens
  4. In general air cooling has less problems and is more reliable over the long term.
  5. AHBman said:
    Two screens are not convinient for gaming, and you will need more than a GTX 970 to handle 2 x 1080p screens


    I don't play a lot of games, and when I do it's always on one screen or not even full screen. This is just the start to a work station computer, and only my second build.
  6. Okay .... so .... Enjoy it ;) !
  7. AHBman said:
    Hello

    The X60 is slightly better than D15 in cooling, but a lot pricer, and noiser than the D15





    The D15 fit with your case, but don't your RAM I believe
    Why don't going for a cheaper cooler, even with OC, a Noctua U12S/14S can be enough

    I would change some parts of your build :
    - Two screens ?
    - Take a Samsung or Crucial SSD



    That chart is so helpful, I wish I saw it before I before getting the Cooler Master Evo. I would have gone for the Scythe Katana 4 if I known that big of a difference existed between the two. =-/

    I wonder how the factory Intel heat sink would do in the same test.
  8. Get a Kraken X41 and place it in the back because hot air has a hard time escaping the top.
  9. Well... Personally I think the kraken is a great idea however you could improve the airflow in your case by adding some extra/better fans I don't know what you currently have fan wise but I'm sure some good fans that are silent but yet provide good airflow would be a good idea
  10. Well... Personally I think the kraken is a great idea however you could improve the airflow in your case by adding some extra/better fans I don't know what you currently have fan wise but I'm sure some good fans that are silent but yet provide good airflow would be a good idea[/quotems

    The front fans are not a problem as the front isn't restricted, its the top exhaust.
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