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Hey fellow Over Clocker’s

I'm after a little advice in relation to cooling, I'm building a new gaming rig in a HAF X case with a i7-2600k (OC to about 4.5) and dual GTX 570's SLI.

My question is what would be the best cooling to run for the CPU? And should I run cooling on the GPU's? I’m open to any idea's!

@ this point n time I am kind of concerned about water cooling in the sense of leaks etc, but maybe that’s because I have never ran a WC rig before? But hey, that’s what contents insurance is for

Thanks in advance for your info

Cheers

Matt
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Lots of pluses to watercooling. Example: My GTX480 never gets hotter than 48C and my system is always quiet.
Negatives - I spilled water on my mobo on my very first build and fried it. I have built 4 wc systems since then and never had one problem. Never had a leak, but I use zip ties on every fitting. You need to be a patient perfectionist when assembling the system, leak test it for a few hours, but from then on I think it is mostly hassle free.

Oh and it is so friggen' cool! ;>)
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Originally Posted by Fan o' water View Post
Lots of pluses to watercooling. Example: My GTX480 never gets hotter than 48C and my system is always quiet.
Negatives - I spilled water on my mobo on my very first build and fried it. I have built 4 wc systems since then and never had one problem. Never had a leak, but I use zip ties on every fitting. You need to be a patient perfectionist when assembling the system, leak test it for a few hours, but from then on I think it is mostly hassle free.

Oh and it is so friggen' cool! ;>)
Maybe I'm just being a wuss then lol

I’d love to have a WC setup, just paranoid I guess! But in the end its gunna have to be what’s best for my system
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Watercooling is fun and you can do stuff you can't do on air with a proper setup (as in, NOT stuff like the Corsair H70, 80, 100 kits. There are air-coolers better than them.), BUT:

Air-cooling is really catching up, and the top of the line coolers are almost as good in terms of temps and noise even for overclocked systems.

I love my watercooled setup. Going strong and closing in on 4 years, never had to change my water, and never had any real problems with it. It's quiet and it's cool.

However, it's also holding me back from upgrading my system a bit. Getting a new graphics card also means spending time and money on getting a waterblock for the new card as well and making sure it'll fit (reference design etc.). Then you'll have to flush the system, perhaps change a piece of tubing, fit the new card + block, and do another round of leaktesting.

My next system will be air-cooled because I know I'll be upgrading some parts within a year. However, if you don't mind the extra work and money, proper water-cooling is great fun and gives great results.
Edited by Celoth - 10/17/11 at 10:15pm
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Watercooling is fun and you can do stuff you can't do on air with a proper setup (as in, NOT stuff like the Corsair H70, 80, 100 kits. There are air-coolers better than them.), BUT:

Air-cooling is really catching up, and the top of the line coolers are almost as good in terms of temps and noise even for overclocked systems.

I love my watercooled setup. Going strong and closing in on 4 years, never had to change my water, and never had any real problems with it. It's quiet and it's cool.

However, it's also holding me back from upgrading my system a bit. Getting a new graphics card also means spending time and money on getting a waterblock for the new card as well and making sure it'll fit (reference design etc.). Then you'll have to flush the system, perhaps change a piece of tubing, fit the new card + block, and do another round of leaktesting.

My next system will be air-cooled because I know I'll be upgrading some parts within a year. However, if you don't mind the extra work and money, proper water-cooling is great fun and gives great results.
Thanks for the info Celoth, so in your opinion what’s a good/ recommended air setup?
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Thanks for the info Celoth, so in your opinion what’s a good/ recommended air setup?
Well, I don't know the Haf X case very well, but I think I've read it has a pretty good airflow.

Personally I am going for a Thermalright Archon for my CPU, but it's a big cooler and aside from having to fit in the case, it has to fit the motherboard too. Check the product page under Support as well. If it doesn't fit there's also the Silver Arrow, but you'll have to go with low profile RAM for that one.

I haven't looked into the graphics cards much, because I'll be going for the cheapest GTX 560ti while I am waiting for either the nvidia 600 series or AMD 7000 series to come out. They'll probably have a paper launch at the end of this year (not enough 28nm chips being made, so only a very limited number available).

The Air Cooling forum here is a good place to start.

If down the line you get a CPU or GPU you know you'll keep for a while, you can always switch to watercooling then. Or mix it up. CPU on air and the graphics cards on water for example, if that fits the case well. As was mentioned elsewhere, watercooling the GPUs can be quite beneficial in terms of noise and temps.
Edited by Celoth - 10/18/11 at 8:41am
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The HAF X will hold a RASA RX360 kit in the top Link it has everything you need to start and would cool your cpu and two video cards
Everyone is scared when they first watercool lol. Just take your time cut your tubing square and you will be fine
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