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Hey everyone,
I'm gonna put together a kick-ass gaming computer in July. I'm aiming at maxing out FSX with mods and stuff, so a 6-core i7-970 is justified and I want at least 4.5GHz unless I get a dull CPU smile.gif Anyway, looking at the CPU specs, the safe temp limit is a lousy 68c. At first I was going to go with the H70, then I read the performance was not that great and that the stock fans kinda suck so it's an extra $40 to get 2 good ones. So I'm either gonna get one of those massive HSFs, but I don't like the obstruction and the weight.
Even though I'm not crazy about the words "electronics" and "conductive liquids" in the same sentence, I might want to get into it because I really want to overclock my 6-core and 68c is ridiculous. I feel that if I spend more than $100 on high end air cooling or cheap watercooling, I'm halfway there to high end water cooling. I only want to do a CPU loop and let's say I have a budget of $200. I need high quality components, I'm mostly worried about a leak and the pump failing. Also, are there good non-conductive coolants?
Edited by Emmanuel - 5/12/11 at 9:55am
    
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post #2 of 24
Which hex core? AMD's Thuban or Intel's Gulftown?

You don't really need watercooling if you're running the Thuban, those are fairly easy to keep cool and a mid-high range air cooler would work just fine.

As for the Gulftown chips, you might want a XSPC Rasa kit or something of the sort if you're just starting watercooling.
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post #3 of 24
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Sorry, i7-970.
I don't want to go with an average kit if I get better for the price. I'm not worried about being a noob, I'll learn.
    
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post #4 of 24
Hm. A good Rasa kit would cost you around $150, but you'll have to keep in mind what your case can support. The radiators are pretty big, and you may or may not be able to fit them if you're running a midsize case.

As for the H70 or the H50, there are a lot more high end air coolers that will perform a lot better. The only reason for an H50 or an H70 would be once again, limited chassis space. A good NH-D14 or a Silver Arrow would cool tons better than a H70, and would cost around the same amount.
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post #5 of 24
I know you said water...but if you cant afford a good kit then I recommend:

This

The single greatest air cooler that I have ever used.
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post #6 of 24
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I'm gonna use a HAF-932 so space shouldn't be a concern.
    
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post #7 of 24
The HAF is more suited for high end air cooling. I agree with the above poster, the NH-D14 will be a killer cooler and would cost a fair bit less than a full loop. Although you shouldn't have to pay $90 for it, I bet you can snag a sale on OCN for around $70-80. Good luck with your new build.
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post #8 of 24
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Well that's the cooler I would get but it's huge, I don't like it too much and I would paint the fans black because who the hell comes up with colors like that lol. That much weight hanging perpendicular over > $1000 worth of GPU makes me more worried than a WC leak lol.
    
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post #9 of 24
68c isn't true. MAX 80C is what I'd recommend. The noctua D14 should get you to 4.2+
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post #10 of 24
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I've made up my mind if I go with air cooling but now I'd like the water cooling experts to point me in the right direction. I don't mind picking custom parts here and there. Optimal would be to take the CPU up to it's maximum safe voltage and keep load temps under 75c if THAT's possible.
Edited by Emmanuel - 5/12/11 at 11:27am
    
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