Originally Posted by Kwilson408
So at the end of the day is the water cooler worth the extra time, effort and $$ in comparison to the air cooler? Those temps aren't critical by any means. Gotta keep in mind that some people are blowing air conditioners at their radiators to get those low temps but they wouldn't tell you that, i'm sure. food for thought.
Well, the top of the close loop market is about equal with the top of the air cooling market when you compare them apples to apples(same setup with same ambient temps)
If your overclocking the X79, 2011 socket, you need this type of cooling at a minimum. There is a lot of heat generated by these chips, and I wish I had jumped right into a custom loop, instead of settling with a H100. The H100 performs well up to ~4.5ghz (on the 3930k), but after that it gets too warm for 24/7 overclocks.