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To water cool or not to water cool ?

post #1 of 39
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Hey guys,

So I currently have an Antec 920 all-in-one cooler on my CPU and was thinking of going to the full custom loop water cooling for both the CPU as well as the GPUs I have. Is there a significant temperarure difference when switching to full water cooling ?

My CPU currently idles at 30-35 degrees and on full load running Prime 95 it is at 55-60 degrees.

Was thinking of purchasing a full kit from EK or Swiftech, are they any good ? What would you guys reccommend ?

Thanks
post #2 of 39
There's always the option of simply getting a loop for gpu cooling and keeping ur antec, it'll save u around $200 on the added block/rad/fittings u need. Id personally just seel the antec n go full loop. Ull be more satisfied when all is said and done

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post #3 of 39
Water cooling is very addicting, You may as well just go full loop to start with, Save your self the trouble down the track
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post #4 of 39
I originally was looking at those kits and ended up going with the rasa rs360 its cheaper and had great reviews, i thought i wouldn't WC my GPUs for a while and i ended up buying a 5850 and water block the next week amd plan on getting another here in a week or two. I would suggest starting from scratch with a loop for your system so you get the performance and look that you want. or like was said above just doing a gpu loop and keeping your cpu cooler.
post #5 of 39
xspc kit. you cant go wrong
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post #6 of 39
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Originally Posted by subliminally incorrect View Post
xspc kit. you cant go wrong
to do a I7 and two 6950s? id have to be a rx360 and maybe an extra rad
post #7 of 39
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My CPU currently idles at 30-35 degrees and on full load running Prime 95 it is at 55-60 degrees.
Do you have any OC on that? If so then those are awesome temps. If not then why not? Get on it!

Full WC'ing will drop your CPU temps a fair bit, up to 10°C in some cases. Or you can keep similar temps and get a quiet loop, or you can do both but it is costly. One of the great things about WC'ing though is that you can increase your OC for a much smaller increase in temp compared to AC.

For your GPUs the difference is huge, mine runs at ~35-40 whilst folding. I have no idea what it ran at on the stock cooler as I took that off shortly after confirming that the card was not DOA.


If you are going for a kit have a look at the XSPC ones too, they offer great value for money however there have been issues with the included pumps. The EK kits are also great but I would avoid the Swiftech ones; they are good quality but expensive for what they are.


I have to warn you though, WC'ing is addictive, there is no 12 step program.

Remember the first thread you made where you asked what everyone's ideal computer was and I answered "one that I can keep upgrading for free"? WC'ing provides half of that, constant upgrades, sadly not for free though.
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post #8 of 39
Temp basically depends on the volume of radiator.

Go custom loop. The 650D can fit nicely a 140.2 up the top and a 200 rad at the front.
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Go all the way
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post #10 of 39
You're going to go all the way eventually, might as well do it now. Watercooling is one of those things you got to do in life.
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