Das_Saunamies: I overlooked your reply above, thank you.
Based on what you write the HD4000 iGPU will be enough for me gaming wise. I'll test run the system with iGPU and no overclock for some time and keep it that way if I'm content. I'm removing Noctua NH-U9B SE2 from my list. Now there's a duel:
CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO w replacement fan --vs-- Scythe Mugen 3 rev B
The 212 review herehttp://www.silentpcreview.com/article1046-page9.html
and here (for the updated EVO version)http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews ... _evo/5.htm
combined with the Gentle Typhoon 800 rpm replacement fan reviewed herehttp://www.silentpcreview.com/article1266-page5.html
together with Das_Saunamies's reasoning have convinced me that the 212 would sufficiently cool a 3570K at very low noise levels. The same goes for the Mugen 3 rev B of course.
Something else must break the tie.
Mugen 3 advantages:
- more room for future overclocking (at a still reasonably low noise level)
Mugen 3 disadvantages:
- bulkier, so more troublesome to mount/dismount it
- not compatible with high memory modules, at least in the two slots next to the cooler.
- heavier, so higher risk of a motherboard breaking
- might make it hard/impossible to mount certain GPUs with large heatsinks
- slightly pricier, in the sense that Hyper 212 + replacement fan together costs the same as Mugen 3 in the shop I'll use. So I get a spare fan for free with the 212 alternative.
At the moment Mugen tentatively tops my list. The computer is stationary so cooler weight related risk is very low I'd think. Low profile memory modules cost and perform roughly equally as high profile. I'll plug in 16GB (4 * 4GB) when putting the system together and will likely not need to move/replace memory for quite some time. As for bulkiness yes the Mugen looks heftier than I'd like it to be but the installation steps seem ok and there looks to be space for an (non cutting edge) GPU card if I want one. So in short, one advantage and no major drawbacks for my intended use case.
Still a very close call. I may decide with a coin toss in the end. Any additional thoughts that might give me a final pull in either direction?
Some background links:
Mugen official installation overviewhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-ZeyC8T7AQ
Official webpage with motherboard compatibility listhttp://www.scythe-eu.com/en/products/cp ... rev-b.html
Photos of (lack of) space for high profile memory moduleshttp://www.scythe-eu.com/forum/mainboar ... ility.html
Post with photo indicating that the 212 will fit even high profile memory modules in all slotshttp://forum.overclock3d.net/showpost.p ... stcount=10
But to switch memory stick once the cpu cooler is in place I'd need to remove the cooler fan from the looks of it. So in that regard the 212 and Mugen are equal (as are most larger CPU coolers I guess).