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Hi,

I'm looking for some liquid cooling for my CPU (Intel 2600K) and I'm wondering what would be safe and not too much expensive. I'd try to stay at reasonable overclocks (I'm still wondering what reasonable means on a Sandy Bridge!).

I heard the Corsair H50 and H70 were good, any thoughts?

My Mobo: P8P67 Deluxe
My case: Thermaltake Element V Black Full Tower
Stock cooling at the moment.
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Well it depends on your budget, H50 and H70 are both decent but depending on your budget there could be a better solution. A higher end air cooler would be better but a lot bigger versus a H50 for say.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...&Tpk=megahalem

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-018-_-Product

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=58634
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How in depth of an installation are you looking for? H50, H60, H70 are no more labor intensive than a typical monster air cooler and case fan (back plate, 4 screws that hold the pump/block on, and 4 screws that hold the fan+radiator on). Also, consider that right now your goal is a moderate overclock but once you see how easy that is, you'll probably want more. Any of the Corsair H-Series coolers will do great for a moderate overclock. But higher/max overclocks will make the weaknesses of those coolers more apparent. To achieve those overclocks, you'll have to go to more powerful and louder fans to maintain somewhat acceptable temps. Not to mention the fact that you would then be spending more money on top of the premium that you already paid for the cooler (in comparison to similar performing air coolers). My personal experience was that the performance of the H50/H60/H70 (I tried them all) was good but not good enough to justify the cost + the cost of more powerful fans that would be needed to maintain the overclock that I'm seeking. I returned them and purchased a XSPC Rasa 750 RX360 kit that should be able to handle any overclock I throw at it while still maintaining a more acceptable level of noise. There's more to the install, but nothing too crazy and I should be much more satisfied in the long haul (I'm installing this weekend so I'll let you know my final opinion once its in).

Here's the link for the kit that I bought:
http://www.petrastechshop.com/xsra750rxwak.html
Also, it's almost $10 cheaper than when I bought it a week ago!
Edited by moto211 - 5/13/11 at 9:46pm
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Well all liquid cooling is safe (with a touch of common sense), but on a budget a H50-70 will perform well.

Best bet is to get some decent fans alongside it, like a couple of Gentle Typhoon AP-15s (1850rpm).

I've seen people get up to 4.9GHz on setups like that...
    
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To answer Moto211,

I know it's a hot topic when it comes to overclocking (<---quite paradoxal), but I don't want to shorten too much to life of my CPU since I had my system for a month, and it cost me $3000 already. I don't want something hard to install but as you said most simple/affordable cooling options aren't so hard to install. I'm looking for a moderate budget price (~$100 or under). Of course I won't be too shy when it'll come to overclocking my CPU since it's unlocked (2600K), but OCing for me means faster rendering speeds for my HD videos (like, 1000% faster rendering from 3.4 to 4.4Ghz). I went up to 5.05Ghz with my stock cooling (not stable, 78-82°C so I went back down to stock OC), and I don't really know the effiency of that and that cooling systems, I'm quite new to be honest.
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The Corsair H60 is pretty good and the waterblock is stylish (square instead of some round ****ed up mound which I don't like). Also, in a push-pull configuration with the stock fan and the fan that was at the rear of my case, I got my 2500k to 4,8GHz at 1.392 volts and after about 10 hours of Prime95 max temps were the following :

Core 1: 66C
Core 2: 67C
Core 3: 73C
Core 4: 70C

So that's pretty good. Also, if you're budget and reach out to 100$/125$, Coolit makes a 240mm rad version of the Coolit ECO.

Good luck with your purchase.
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What are your ambient temps like? Self contained small rad systems are a lot more dependent on ambient temps.

Also, instead of shooting for a moderate overclock, I would recommend shooting for the maximum overclock that your cooler can support with acceptable temps and volts. As long as volts aren't too high and temps are kept in check, you shouldn't have to worry about degradation (at least not within the typical 3-5 year upgrade life of most systems).

Just as a reference point, my ambient is 24c. With the H70 w/2 high cfm fans at full speed(out of the H50, H60, H70, the H70 was the best performer for me so I use that as the example) cooling my 2600K@4.65Ghz w/1.372v my chip would hit 70c on all cores after 24hrs of folding. That is a totally acceptable voltage and bringing the temps down would make me comfortable running that overclock 24/7 (maybe even a little higher overclock).

Depending on your ambient temps, an H-Series cooler might suit you just fine. But, because of my own personal experience, I have a hard time recommending them. The other thing to take into consideration is that with a kit that is more of a "conventional" loop, you have the option of expanding later to add more rads, blocks, etc. For an H60 or H70 with upgraded fans, you looking at $100-$120. Personally I would be more comfortable recommending the XSPC Rasa 750 RS240 but I understand completely if your budget won't allow even the small additional cost. Sometimes these are the choices we must make to get the things we want. Good luck with whatever you decide.
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