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post #1 of 8
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So I received most of my parts today for my i5 upgrade and I am still torn about my waterblock. I have been using a Swiftech Apogee GT for the last few years (http://www.swiftech.com/apogeegt.aspx ) and absolutely love the thing. Since my new mobo already has the 775 holes I am inclined to keep using the GT, but also am a bit worried about what kind of performance it will yield on an i5 CPU. I don't plan on doing "serious" OC'ing, but I would like to be able to if I wanted. The release of the new HD doesn't help either

I am not opposed to another CPU block like the HK's I read good things about, but I wouldn't mind some input is first.
Upgrade or Roll with it? (anyone selling a used CPU waterblock?)
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Keep it. I dont think the degree or two is worth $70+, im keeping mine and going to FX.
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Keep it. I dont think the degree or two is worth $70+, im keeping mine and going to FX.
I agree. I have the GTZ and was on the fence on upgrading because I thought I was generations behind but most likely you wont even notice the difference. Its only a few degrees difference on benchmarks. Save your money for something else
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post #4 of 8
Keep it unless you want something different or that one gets to the "unusable" point.
 
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right on and thanks all. I also realized that i was previously cooling 1.4v and the i5's seem to OC well with that V so I think I should be good. AND i am also removing my chipset from the water block so that CPU is going to have a full dual 120mm rad all to itself.

The next question is going to be if I should stick with my 3/8's fittings or I should move up to the 1/2" barbs for me CPU?
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post #6 of 8
Temp diff between 3/8" and 1/2" is negligible. 3/8" will give you slightly more pressure than 1/2", 1/2" will give you slightly more flow. Not worth the change unless you feel your tubing needs replacing for looks or something.
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post #7 of 8
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nah and that is what i figured in regards to the difference between the 2 sizes. I have always used 3/8" ID so I will keep rolling with that.

ty all and feel free to leave more input.
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post #8 of 8
Ya unless you need that extra few degrees I'd save the money and keep the same block. I'd also keep the same fittings as there not worth the money to upgrade either.

Use the money to buy a case of 312 beer. That's some good stuff

If you decide to get a new block look into the XSPC Raystorm, it's pretty good and is working well for me. Or maybe spend the money and upgrade your fans, Gentle typhoons and maybe a fan controller.
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