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Hey all im still tryin to decide weather or not i want to water cool my rig. Im just not sure if itll be worth it. . I dont game to much as of yet. But i will be moderatly overclocking my cpu and gpu.

So yes or no?
And suggestions to for what to use would be nice(:

Edit: not sure what my sig says (on my phone) but i will be getting one or possibly two hd 6950's the dirt 3 ones.

P.S. Sorry for errors, sent from phone.

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If you are not looking to get super high overclocks then I think you should stick to air, or go with a corsair H series cooler.
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post #3 of 22
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Originally Posted by rafety58 View Post
If you are not looking to get super high overclocks then I think you should stick to air, or go with a corsair H series cooler.
What is considered super high for a 2500k and a 6950? Also ive heard horrible things about the H series.

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post #4 of 22
The Corsair units aren't very good at all. Don't even bother; people just get stuck on the hype and the fact that it's not a standard air cooler. They hear "water" and get all wet It's nowhere near good.

Stick to air for a lower end system; you can always have a much more silent system with a high performance, low noise fan on a good tower heatsink versus 3+ on a radiator - now with the GPU this is where it gets a bit more tricky. You'll need to look at the non-reference designs with larger more quiet fans or the GPU can get annoying pretty quick.
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Originally Posted by chorner View Post
The Corsair units aren't very good at all. Don't even bother; people just get stuck on the hype and the fact that it's not a standard air cooler. They hear "water" and get all wet It's nowhere near good.

Stick to air for a lower end system; you can always have a much more silent system with a high performance, low noise fan on a good tower heatsink versus 3+ on a radiator - now with the GPU this is where it gets a bit more tricky. You'll need to look at the non-reference designs with larger more quiet fans or the GPU can get annoying pretty quick.
I went from a NH-D14 with AP-15 push and NF-P14 pull to an H100 with AP-15s push and AP-14s pulling and dropped 4-6c off my NH-D14.

I think it's worth it. Just my own opinion though.
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post #6 of 22
H80 for moderate OC and gaming...if you have the budget for it...but I wouldn't trade my M2 for an H80...

You already have a good cooler w/c I also have the M2, put my A-II 630 @ 3.5Ghz 24/7 in the past 8 months and so far it has performed well...

As for a Rasa kit...lets just say...my temps are now +3/4*C on idle above ambient and +8/10*C on load...

With the M2 it would usually be +10/11*C on idle and +15/20*C on load...
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post #7 of 22
Scythe Mugen 2 is already an excellent air cooler. If you're just moderately overclocking, stick to air.
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post #8 of 22
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So stick with the M2? Or is there a.more prefered choice?

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post #9 of 22
mugen2 is an awesome air cooler..depends on how high you wanna overclock//4.5-under..air is fine..i'd guess you'd get temps 64 or under..max load ..but the sandy bridge chips heat up exponentially after that..so if you want to push it..water
 
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post #10 of 22
Skip both and go with Fire. Choose to be different.
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