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Water cooling or Air cooling?

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OK, sig rig. I apparently only crash in Skyrim when my temps get too high. How do I know this? When I manually adjust the fan speed to higher than normal, my temps are lower. When it's on auto/default, it gets hoter and skyrim crashes. Like... consistently. SO.

Budget: $300

Water or air? Give me some temp graphs and whatnot. Let this thread serve as a future resource. The i5-2500K / HD6970 is a popular combo.

I was thinking water. What I would like is a box outside the case to house the radiator and water tank.
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There are several threads on water vs. air.

The bottom line is closed loop liquid coolers are thermally inefficient, a poor value and noisy compared to a highend HSF. They also have the very real liability of a leak that can ruin hundreds of dollars in PC hardware. Nothing below an H100 should even be considered IMO by folks who have sufficient room for a highend HSF.

Open loop coolers are better than CLCs and have more thermal capaciaty than HSFs but these systems typically start at ~$175.

Depending on your needs/desires either a highend HSF or a liquid cooler can effectively cool most any reasonable OC. For extreme OC'ing you typically want an open loop liquid or phase change system.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5054/corsair-hydro-series-h60-h80-and-h100-reviewed/5

As always, Buy What Makes You Happy.
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Maybe buy an XSPC RX360 Extreme kit and add a waterblock, but that will be going over budget. Perhaps try the RX240 extreme kit and add the block. A 240 rad should be sufficient.
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