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Is it worth it to watercool?

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Hi there,

I'm going to be purchasing components next week for a rig but I'm hung up on what to do for cooling.

I was intending on getting the Corsair H80/H100 but for slightly more I could get a HK120/240 kit.

Does the HK kits give a significant cooling advantage over the Hydro series coolers?

It would be the EK-KIT H3O - Supreme LT 120/240 kit although I'd probably get a different colour of tubing to use.

The kits total around £120, around £20 more than the H100 - is that price increase worth it for the cooling?

I'll be using a Silverstone FT02 which might pose problems, especially with space.

I've never done a watercooling loop before and I'm definitely willing to try but only if the cooling would be worth it.

Would it be cheaper to purchase parts individually?

(It will only be the CPU being cooled)
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post #2 of 44
Depends, on one sole reason. Overclocking.

How much OC do you plan on doing? If not much, stay air. Silverstone cases are good at regulating air. As getting parts cheaper, it depends... find them here Always plan ahead, on buying parts etc you never know what sweet deals you might stumble accross
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post #3 of 44
If you're going to overclock get a kit for sure. Otherwise you will always be wanting more cooling.
 
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post #4 of 44
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I am definitely going to overclock, at the very least 4.5Ghz, closer to 5 preferably without putting too much volts, I'd be happy with a stable 4.8 or so.

I may have to move my rig every couple of months so I'd prefer not to have a massive heatsink hanging from the mtoherboard and I don't want to have to remove it, reapply TIM all the time.
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post #5 of 44
I don't think you need to remove the heatsink if you move your rig. But still I vote for water. I finally just did it and am very happy. It was fun and makes your rig that much better.
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post #6 of 44
yes, yes, YES!
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post #7 of 44
If you don't like maintaince you might want to consider air. Water has to be changed every 6 months.
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post #8 of 44
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sinlok View Post
If you don't like maintaince you might want to consider air. Water has to be changed every 6 months.
I don't see why people make this into a big deal, it's really easy to change the water every six months.
post #9 of 44
Quote:
Originally Posted by Taylorsci View Post
I don't see why people make this into a big deal, it's really easy to change the water every six months.
I'm sure most people around here would add or mess with there loop in 6 months anyways. I'm sure I will. Although draining it does sound like somewhat of a pain.
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post #10 of 44
Quote:
Originally Posted by lightsout View Post
I'm sure most people around here would add or mess with there loop in 6 months anyways. I'm sure I will. Although draining it does sound like somewhat of a pain.
For most people it's no trouble at all, it will be a bit more difficult for you though. You have a drain in your loop, for the people that don't it's definitely a pain.
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