Originally Posted by Sainesk
I'd say its only worth it if you plan to re-use it in future builds. Otherwise I personally would have sacrificed the couple of degrees and gone monster everywhere else (more SSDs, better GPUs etc.). I managed to get a 240 rad setup for around half the cost of the processor back when Sandy Bridge was new...
I kinda did go monster everywhere else. This initially was going to be a small htpc (hence the matx and the mid-range power supply), but then I saw that 3820s were going for around the same price as 3770ks, and 2011 still has another iteration coming out... and then what was supposed to be a budget build spiraled out of control.
Originally Posted by opt33
After just building my sister an air cooled computer, from my 2 year old mobo/cpu, I remembered why I water cool. All my fans on my i3770k at 4.7 and OC 680 are at 700 rpms via rheostat, and it runs very quiet, can barely hear it come on. For building my sisters computer, standard cooler were jet engines, but even buying aftermarket coolers, and locking fans to 1500 rpms, it is noisy compared to mine, and with much lower OC and worse temps.
Air cooling just not tolerable to me after getting used to dead quiet water cooling.
That's really what I'm hoping for, though with redundant pumps those hopes may or may not be realistic. I mostly went water-cooling because I couldn't stand having an air-cooler with a pull-only configuration (necessitated by having the bank of hard drives in and the cramped space), and was hoping for a quieter set-up as well.
Originally Posted by teamrushpntball
Well, I just broke $1000 on water cooling parts in November. For an i5-3570K I got for $175.
Think I have you beat on disproportionate values here
Oh and that's not including the new TJ07 I bought to replace my Corsair 600T to fit all this new water cooling gear in. Nor the $550 in ColdZero parts I ordered to perfect my TJ07.
After typing all this I'm a little sad, should have at least bought the i7-3770k
I know the feeling well! At this point I'm thinking I should have gotten the 3930 at least. But if the processor does what you need, and the rest of it is awesome, then you win, right?