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Closed Water loop vs. Air cooling for 8350 CPU

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Hey there OC.net!

I'm currently in the market for a FX8350 CPU. I'm planning to use it for a Gaming/Video rendering machine. My hopes are to push it to a stable 5ghz. Can anyone recommend a good, quiet air cooler that's up to the task? Or should I just go ahead and buy a Corsair H100i? Also, I prefer Top-Down air coolers as opposed to towers. Cools MoBo and RAM + looks better IMHO.

Any suggestions?
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h100i or d14 would be perfect for you...
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Also, I prefer Top-Down air coolers as opposed to towers. Cools MoBo and RAM + looks better IMHO.

A closed loop water system trumps that. Cause it cools the CPU and the whole entire system.

You don't necessarily need to go all out with an H100. Those are still pricey. You can get a good water cooler for $50 or $60 that would be all you really need. I've got an old and well used H50, and I just did a test run of my 8350 at 4.8GHz, ran great, under 30degrees at idle, and fluctuated around 50-something under full load.
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There is not much to pick between the high end air coolers and the new closed loop such as h100i. One thing to bear in mind, especially when seeking such a high end cpu speed is you will need most likely air flow to the vrm area of your board. A closed loop will not provide this whilst a down blowing cpu cooler will. You can always add your own though, im custom loop water with additional vrm fans
Edited by Ghost12 - 1/17/13 at 3:17pm
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If you want a top down cooler, grab the Prolimatech Genesis (comes in silver and black) and some nice fans. The next closest heatsinks are the Noctua NH-C14 and the Phanteks TC14CS.

I'd probably just grab a tower heatsink like the Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E, Noctua NH-D14, or Phanteks TC14PE. The H100 and H100i only really start to beat air when you use the loud and aggressive fan profiles. The Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme and NZXT Kraken X60 beat air while being quieter, but also cost more. Of course, if you're willing to spend that much, I'd wait the little bit longer for the Swiftech H220.
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Ooh! The Prolimatech Genesis looks great! Very unique cooler. It even out preforms a D14 in the review http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Prolimatech-Genesis-CPU-Cooler-Review/1281/6
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IMO I would go with a AIO water cooling solution. I don't like the giant air coolers hanging off of my board. But that's just me. Also, many of the high end water coolers out-preform the air coolers while being quieter. If you were to go with the water cooling solution I would recommend the Corsair series or the NZXT Kraken series.
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I'm personally running an H100i and think it's a great solution for the money. I could easily overclock to 5.0 with out any temp problems. Now stability is another thing rolleyes.gif
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I've used several different options with the past couple of CPUs I've run, (Deneb, Thuban, Zosma, Zambezi, Vishera...) and I have to say that the AIO cooling solutions are very nice to have.

I've used primarily an H100, and before I started up this custom loop, it was without a doubt king of the hill. With some nice fans, it's quiet, and I get the best temps, all while not crowding up the motherboard. It makes it easier to get around in there if you need too. Plus you don't need a custom bracket or anything like that.
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