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H2O 620 vs air on 2500k

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Hey guys,

Im planning on building a PC with a i5 2500k but cant figure out what cooling to take.

I can get a Antec H2O for 60 euro's, it does seem temping no massive air cooler in your PC. And I guess since Im going to take a MSI gtx 580 there will be a fair bit of heat inside the case and with a radiator at the back the hot air from the CPU will be blown out straight away.

Ill prolly be overclocking my i5 2500k to about 4.2Ghz.

Basicly wondering if there would a comparable or better cooler for the same amount of money without it being MASSIVE. Got some Coolermaster(2k rpm) and old Scythe muggen II(1600ish rpm) fans lying around which I could use to do push/pull.
Or maybe advice why or why not to take a 620 or Corsair equivelant(H60 is same price for me btw).
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If you do not want a large air cooler then that would be your best route. Get the Kuhler 620 or H60 and you will be happy. My 1090T maxed out at 51c at 4.0 ghz with my Kuhler 620. It works.
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One thing I forgot to add.

Whats the lifespan on these systems ?.
Edited by Doubleome - 7/31/11 at 3:15am
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They say minimal maintenance but does that mean the occasional dust cleaning ? An air cooled heatsink should last for a very long time, except for the fans you might need to replace but those are the same as on the watercooled systems.
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They say minimal maintenance but does that mean the occasional dust cleaning ? An air cooled heatsink should last for a very long time, except for the fans you might need to replace but those are the same as on the watercooled systems.
Yeah, pretty much. You'll have to give the rad a little clean every so often, but you can do it when you clean the rest of your PC. So you can do it as often as you like.

Considering the 4.2Ghz isn't an extreme overclock, you'll be fine with either of your options. I'd personally go for the antec, just because it takes up less space
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