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#16 TurboShrimp

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 02:24

with todays chips if you build a pc correctly you need nothing but stock cooling.

i play anything any game on Ultra settings on a ivy bridge core i3

GTX 670

no need for anything other then stock cooling do not let anyone tell you otherwise my max temps on cpu is 50

and max GPU is 70 under 100% load with stock cooling


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Posted 26 March 2013 - 02:28

I am going to get water cooling on my new PC.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 02:28

Stock cooling is suffice for generally most users, but Science starts kicking in and having an aftermarket cooler to keep it more cool helps in the longer run.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 11:14

The NH-D14 keeps the CPU much cooler and generates less noise at heavy load compared to a stock cooler.
There is nothing wrong with stock coolers, but there are coolers that are much better.
Keeping the stock cooler is up to you, but I rather hear the noise from the actual air flow than the noise from the fan itself. There is a difference between noise and noise.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 11:41

Air, mainly because it's much cheaper and easier. The overclocking potential with a decent after market cooler is good enough imo.

Also, the performance gain from liquid isn't worth the cost imo, you might as well just get a faster processor. If you get the fastest processor available and want to overclock it even then, you might as well go with liquid because you can probably afford it but you probably don't need the extra power if you've got the fastest processor and you're probably just doing it for the lulz.

#21 TheLegendOfMart

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 11:57

Don't see the point in closed loop, you are still going to have fans cooling the radiator, if you can get one as cheap as a decent heatsink then go for it.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 11:58

Corsair H100 for me.. I did it because it was "cool" and easy.. but the air coolers they have out now can easily out proform it. I would only do watercooling if you where going to go all in..Video, North Bridge.. ect

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 12:09

Is liquid cooling drastically better than air cooling? Comparing an air cooled system where someone has taken advantage of optimal air flow and good cable management and a liquid cooled system, it there a noticeable difference? Or is water cooling just something tech-heads like to do because it is geeky? Like extreme over-clocking.


Yes it's drastically better (the physics support that) - i've been doing it for about a decade and really I started because I was sick of the noise of air cooling. It is amazing how much temps drop on things like GPUs versus air though - it gives you a lot more headroom for overclocking. Air cooling has come a long way but i'd still stick with my giant rad loops for two 670s in SLI and an overclocked i7 because everything is very quiet and much cooler (longevity, reliability and of course the lack of noise preserves my sanity). When I bench tested the 670s on air it drove me nuts quite quickly - way too noisy for me.

To do it right is very expensive and very time consuming - it's not for the faint hearted but I do enjoy the challenge of doing it (another reason why I still do it today). Changing anything is an adventure(!) So many things can go wrong and there's so much to learn - which is fun!
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Posted 26 March 2013 - 12:25

Air. 3770K at 4.6Ghz - 75 C at max load.Noctua NH-D14. Water is what you need if temps are limiting (not my case, I'm chip limited), but to get much better than the Noctua you'll need a custom loop which is frankly expensive and a hassle. One day when I have no other hobbies left I might switch to water but for now it's just pointless.

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 23:46

Im really hooked on getting these for my desktop..

Noctua NH-D14 for my i5-3570k
ARCTIC Accelero Hybrid for my GTX 680

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 23:59

I just put a Corsair H60 in my setup. Lowered 4.2GHz i7 temps over 10C from my ASUS Lion Square. But LinX benchmark temps went from 79C max to 72C max. The big difference is noise and once load drops temps instantly drop.

I definitely recommend closed loop systems.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 00:06

i could never be bothered to worry about a water cooled system just as much as a water cooled toaster. Its just not needed.

#28 Mindovermaster

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 00:22

i could never be bothered to worry about a water cooled system just as much as a water cooled toaster. Its just not needed.


Yea, if you're not overclocking.

#29 giantpotato

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 21:43

I recently got a Corsair Hydro H70. I didn't really need it, but it was only $40.

Before: Zalman CNPS-9500 running cpu stock at 100% for 10 minutes

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After: Corsair Hydro H70, overclocked 400Mhz, CPU running at 100% for 10 minutes

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Sure it's unnecessary, but for $40 it makes a decent difference.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 21:51

Cant blame you if it was $40