Opinions on CPU cooler. The 2 Ive looked at getting are:
Deepcool GamMAXX GT
Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML120L RGB
Now obviously one is air and the other liquid. Both will do the job, Its be on an i7 8700k, I'm just looking at something that will be good at running at stock for now. I might upgrade the cooler in a few years while I decide to OC the CPU, but for now just ideas on these and similarly priced CPU coolers, RGB is nice but if something similarly priced without RGB but offers alot better cooling then Ill definitely go for function over looks. Though those Noctua ones I dont think I can ever look in at that poo brown aesthetic they have going on , even if they are great lol.
If you're going with stock speed then maybe just go with air cooler for now, get something like the BeQuiet! Pure Rock - I maybe wrong but don't think DeepCool coolers do a good job of cooling. You can read up on BeQuiet! coolers if you like but they're one of the better options over DeepCool.
The Noctua ones are great but yeah the brown colour doesn't look that great, but you can always just use an RGB fan on the cooler lol the 120mm Cooler Master Liquid Cooler you've picked is also a good option.
The other question is on HDD.
Going M.2 Ive read that gaming and gaming loading isnt or is barely affected by the M.2 speeds. So is it pointless getting a Samsung 960 Evo or Pro 500/512GB M.2? Would I be better just getting a Samsung 960 Evo 250gb and use the saved $150+ on a secondary drive like a 500gb sata or larger 1/2TB IDE HDD?
I was reading people put just the OS and programs on the M.2, and put their games and media on their secondary (slower and higher capacity) SATA or IDE?
If the latter is the case would a SATA or IDE be better in terms of games and music/video/photos? . (Next year I will connect a 4k TV to this rig to play games in 4k60 and play 4k movies through, so therefore would a high capacity IDE like a "Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM008 64MB 3TB" be ableto transfer the 4k data well and still have good endurance?
I don't think you can get IDE anymore, not that you'd want to anyway, don't think motherboards even have IDE slots anymore. U.2/M.2 is the better option but they do cost a bit more - I'm currently running my OS on a M.2 (128GB) for quick boot up etc, then my frequently used applications on a SATA SSD (250GB) and everything else on a SATA HDD (4TB).
So maybe go for a 250GB M.2 for OS and games and then put all your media on a large capacity SATA HDD like the Seagate Barracuda 3TB you mentioned.