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Heatsink or liquid cooling?

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I am not too educated on the subject of cooling, so pardon my ignorance. I am building a gaming computer, and I have bought most of the crucial components. However, I'm not sure whether to go with heat sink cooling or liquid. I have a GTX 580, Intel i5 2500k, and a Gigabyte Z68 UD3H-B3 mobo. Now normally, this would be an easy decision to make and i'd just go with a heatsink cooling system, but I decided to go guns hot on GPU spending and hold back a little on the motherboard spending. Don't get me wrong, its a great board (capable of SLI, crossfire, the whole shebang,) but its about the lowest to high-end you can get. So I am COMPLETELY unfamiliar with liquid cooling methods, and I don't know whether or not liquid is supposedly "better" than heatsink cooling. If my system (based on these specs and this motherboard) looks like it should have liquid cooling, then please by all means reply. I am planning on moderately over clocking also.
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post #2 of 7
My personal opinion is, that if you have a computer case with good ventilation and you are only going to modestly overclock then get a good heatsink and fan instead of a liquid cooling solution. I still get nervous about the possibility of a coolant leak frying my components. These new vapor chamber systems have really dropped temperatures compared to the older HSF's. Just make sure you have enough width in your case.
Here are links to some:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835242010
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233087
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103176

Thanks and see you out there,
Loki Sunrider
post #3 of 7
I agree with Loki. There is a solution that you stick high thermal conductive silicone pad between heat source and heat sink. The fans will blow very hot wind and fall down its temperature. If you don't use thermal pad, there will be air gap between heat source and heat sink, which causes inefficient thermal conduction, and the temperature of your machine will be still high.
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A quality HSF is definitely the best choice for most PC enthusiasts.

Liquid cooling has a place but at a higher cost and with a very real water-leak liability that can cause hundreds of dollars in PC hardware damage. Unless you want to do water-cooling for a hobby, I would suggest a quality HSF. A HSF is inexpensive, reliable and quiet and has not water-leak liability.

If you decide on one of the larger HSFs, be sure to check for PC case and RAM clearance before purchase to avoid unwanted surprises.

http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=2562&page=5
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I have always used liquid cooling. You can get a corsair all in one system for a decent price. Don't worry about the liquid getting on your components. You could cover them in the solution and nothing with happen to them except them getting wet. If that did happen (Happend to me while liquid cooling my video cards) all you have to do is take your system apart, dry off the component that got wet and leave it to air dry for a few hours.
   
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^^^^ Actually people with Corsair systems have had leaks, shorted out hardware components and Corsair has had to replace the damaged hardware. That however doesn't make Closed Loop Coolers the best choice for most PC enthusiasts because objective, scientific testing has shown that compared to a high quality HSF a CLC is:

1. Thermally inefficient

2. A poor value

3. Noisy

4. Has a serious water-leak liability

5. When the water leak damages the hardware you have to ship hardware back and forth, be without you PC for weeks, possible lose data and you must spend time rebuilding your dead PC - all for nothing as CLCs offer no advantage over a highend HSF as long as you have room for one.

This has all been discussed in detail in numerous threads here and in the air-cooling section of OCN.

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

I always recommend that people Buy What Makes Them Happy - but it helps to technically educate yourself before spending your money so you know both the Pros and Cons of the different cooling systems available.
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I love my nzxt havik 140. If i was going to get a clc it would be an h100 and an antec 620 on my gpu.thumb.gif
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