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Hey guys,

Would you recommend the H100 over a custom WC setup for an i5-2500k?

I'm planning on OC-ing it to the max, and are temps are great with the H100? What's the difference in degrees of a push-pull config compared to a simple push?

I'm using Corsair's 400R case, so the size is one thing to consider.

I can score an H100 for $105, but wouldn't the starting WCing kits (Rasa) start around $150 for a 240 rad system?

Regards,
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post #2 of 10
Any custom loop will give you better temps so if you have the option to go custom go for it and you will never look back

Get the RX kit and not the RS kit if you can
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its 30 bucks more for a 240rad kit. And its going to be much better than an h100
    
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I'm getting 24'C on H100 with 4 Akasa 2,800rpm fans. Total cost was about 110 Euro with the extra fans. The cheapest loop kit was 170 euro here, so it made sense.

Load temps never go above 55'C @ 4.9Ghz. Adding another 10 euro for the Antec Formula 7 TIM it's about 120 euro.
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It depends on what you're looking for. If you want the easiest solution, grab the H100. If you're looking for performance, go with the custom setup
    
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convenience: h100
performance: custom
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I'm getting 24'C on H100 with 4 Akasa 2,800rpm fans. Total cost was about 110 Euro with the extra fans. The cheapest loop kit was 170 euro here, so it made sense.

Load temps never go above 55'C @ 4.9Ghz. Adding another 10 euro for the Antec Formula 7 TIM it's about 120 euro.
24 Celsius? Wow what's your ambient? Also 2800rpm fans those are like compressed air jets
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If you have an H100 and can route outside air directly to your radiator, you can pretty much match most competitive watercooling setups. I have godly ambient - right now, room temp is 21°C - outside air is usually 9-15°C. My 8120 is at 5.4ghz @ 1.6volts which people with DD/EK/HK blocks can't even get. Max is 50°C on load doing OCCT. I got 4x AP31s on max speed running push/pull though so that brings the price close to 200 dollars, LOL. (Frys had a deal on the H100 for 90 bucks then the 4 fans which costed me 100.)

The biggest caveat with this is sometimes I gotta open the windows to cool my entire system and it freezes my entire room so I'm always wearing a sweater and a beanie to keep myself warm, haha.
Edited by Cool Vibrations - 11/6/11 at 9:54pm
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its 30 bucks more for a 240rad kit. And its going to be much better than an h100
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the rase kit aint going to be that much better unless its a 360 rad
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