So I did a general search to see if anyone around these internets (sic) had a similar rig to the one I'm planning to put together. I came across this:
P5K Deluxe in P180 with 8800GTX, E6600, Ultra eX 120 - XtremeSystems Forums
Basically this guy has a **** near identical setup to the one I'm looking at. Same case, same heatsink (well, he's using the Ultra 120 eXtreme and I'd be using the Tuniq Tower 120), same mobo, different processor though. He's using an E6600 @ 3.6GHz (pretty highly overclocked, if you ask me.) He's been getting hot loads, usually somewhere in the neighborhood of 70 Celsius.
Anyway, do you guys think that my attempts will result in a similar product? I don't want to spend a lot of money just to see it all overheat and be worthless (a lot like what happened to my previous build.) The guys in the linked thread made a lot of suggestions but the OP either never followed through with them or just didn't say anything. He does have a later post, though, talking about his switch to liquid cooling.
What do you think? Should I try and air cool this beast or should I go out of my element for liquid cooling? What would you have told this guy to do, had he stuck it out with air?