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I think that says it all. Upcoming major rebuild, and thinking about cooling solutions. The loop wouldn't involve GPU, just a CPU waterblock, coupled to a rad of undetermined size. I'm just curious if the performance justifies the cost - I'm not out to put chips to the max, just squeeze a bit extra out of em. Also my next build (Bulldozer) is on a budget, and the liquid is definitely a bit pricier setup. I'm really on the fence with this, somebody gimme a good reason to sway.
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Even with a basic level watercooling system such as a Rasa kit you can just dump heat so easily, and, you can do it silently (though that's not to say all liquid is quiet).

I don't think you'd regret it.


Personally I would be looking at a 240mm radiator, probably an XSPC RX240 so it can run with low RPM fans

So a Rasa 750 RX240 kit would work really well.

The rasa pump isn't quiet though, so if you want something silent; look at something like a D5 pump (Swiftech MCP665 for example) that you can turn the settings down on to run more silently.
    
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Noise isn't a concern, I actually like hearing my computer fans.
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From high end air to water, wont see to much in temps drop. I did it for gpu under water and lower noise. I7 930 @ 4ghz on air was 72 on water 68, so not that much difference just lower noise output, but gpu, never tried stock air. but 480 was 92 degs on air , but then on water 52 degs overclocked. so thats a drop of 50 degs on gpu but cpu drops 5 degs.
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I didn't see any difference on my CPU temps by making a loop. Probably because the GPU is involved too. It even made my overclock unstable. I was using a H70 before.
The GPU temps are great though.

So I suggest you getting the H70 instead. Or an air cooler like you said(I prefer the H70 though).
    
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From high end air to water, wont see to much in temps drop. I did it for gpu under water and lower noise. I7 930 @ 4ghz on air was 72 on water 68, so not that much difference just lower noise output, but gpu, never tried stock air. but 480 was 92 degs on air , but then on water 52 degs overclocked. so thats a drop of 50 degs on gpu but cpu drops 5 degs.
I think you mean a drop of 40 degrees..lol..
I would go with the mega if yu like to hear your puter fans.
    
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I went from a megahalem to a rasa 240 kit.

I was at 5GHz peaking at 68 before
Now i'm at 5.2GHz peaking at 61 now.

The TIM i used is supposed to have a cure in time of 200 hours as well. It will be silent when my GT fans arrive.
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well my point , is cpu on high end air not going to change to water that much, but got gpus it helps alot. H70 to mega is beter. with mega also no worry on pump dieing.

if going water loop. depends on whats in loop. only your cpu and gpu i say 360 Thick rad and gt 1850 fans. 1/2 barbs on 7/16 tubes. get a mcp 35x or mcw 655.and reservoir u like and dis stilled water and kill coil.

DONT GET 570. THEY die same as 590. get 480 or 560 or 580. add it to loop a happy overclocker.
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