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Hey,

I'm running the system in my sig below (the 2500k is at 4.5 with 1.32vcore) & with my CM V8 the cpu runs at about 60-65 degrees C during prime blend with an ambient of about 20ish.

I've been looking at the XSPC RASA 750 RS360 kit and wondering if that would be a good choice for my system. I would down the line probably want to cool my gfx card when I eventually upgrade to a 580.

What do you all think? Will I see a worthwhile drop in temps?
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Yes that will get lower temps then the cm v8. 65 aint too shabby though mate.
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I keep thinking to myself that I should be happy with those temps but the never ending quest for lower temps and less noise has grasped me.

I would also like to push my cpu a little more as well.
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not bad for an aircooler, but it will drop some more temps under water and then you can push it more.
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the experience of going through watercooling planning and installing is a fulfilling task, it makes you feel good and if you get a quality wc system you can enjoy lower noise, temperatures and a better looking PC over all.
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The main thing for me about water cooling is the noise. I can't even hear my set up and it can beat all air cooled set ups to boot.

It's just the pure bliss of no noise AND performance that makes it worth it, in every case.

In this case, hell yeah, the V8 isn't that great, plus an RS360 could handle a 1155 and 580, I would stretch for the RX kit though.
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When you say "worth it", I suppose you're not that "Need to have that last MHz" person. So I would not recommend you it to be honest. You need to set time off for it, both before and after the build is done. But also you're going to spend a lot extra money on maintaining a decent kit (also just on buying the first kit) - so I would not say that the temps are worth it alone. It need to be because you want to spend time on it.
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post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by fr0st. View Post
In this case, hell yeah, the V8 isn't that great, plus an RS360 could handle a 1155 and 580, I would stretch for the RX kit though.
Well I guess the rx360 radiator is far superior, but note that it's actually much thicker than it looks. You might have a few issues depending on where you are mounting this beast.

If it's at the top, watchout for the auxillary CPU power cable which is usually at the top left corner of the motherboard. The RX Could block it in some cases.
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You are rubbing against the limits of what air cooling at the moment can do. Water will enable you to push your system even harder with lower noise. Only you can decide if that is worth the extra risk and maintenance.
    
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post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by LokSupguller View Post
Well I guess the rx360 radiator is far superior, but note that it's actually much thicker than it looks. You might have a few issues depending on where you are mounting this beast.

If it's at the top, watchout for the auxillary CPU power cable which is usually at the top left corner of the motherboard. The RX Could block it in some cases.
Yup, I know about that, I've got one myself. That 8 pin was a pain, got it through in the end.

Still, if you're going for expandability, I'd recommend the RX. You can mount it up top and have the fans on the other side of the metal, seen it done in a few work log 'round these parts.
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