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post #1 of 14
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So I recently just bought a computer which consists of:

Fractal design Define R4 arctic white - windowed
Asus Sabertooth z77 mobo
8gb Mushkin enhanced blackline 1600
Seasonic x-660 psu
EVGA geforce gtx 670 FTW
Intel i5 3570k

got a h80i cooler (i'll explain in a second)

I'm from Montreal so I ordered off of NCIX. The mobo, cpu, and the cooler were all open boxed items. When I opened the items contents from the mobo and cooler were missing. I e-mailed NCIX and they were able to send me the missing parts for the mobo but not the cooler. So I will be returning the cooler and getting my money back. Question is: Should I keep the same cooler or change?

I don't really want to spend anything over 150$ but i'll go a little over if need be. I plan on doing minor overclocking for the time being but who knows what the future holds. I'm open to doing a custom system inside, would just be a little nervous about it. Thanks guys!
post #2 of 14
Get an h100i or Kraken X60. Your case supports either and they are some of the best at the moment. Corsair has their amazing warranty and NZXT said they will be doing the same. Or you could wait for the Swiftech h220 as it looks to be the absolute best AIO unit.
post #3 of 14
if youre just looking for opinions I think for a mild overclock an H80i would be perfect it may be worth it to go to an H100/H100i if youre planning on doing a mid-high OC I almost bought an H100 myself although eventually decided custom loop was more my speed because eventually id like to add GPU into my loop but the corsair H series coolers are fantastic if youre limiting your budget to150$
H80i
+powerful enough for a mild OC
+Cheap
-No expandability

custom loop
+more powerful and capable of High OC
+expandable with your system
-high start up cost

ive installed closed loops in 2 friends systems and installed a custom loop in 1 friends system and in my own and in my experience a properly put together custom loop is no more dangerous than a closed loop system in fact out of the 5 people I know with closed loops 1 leaked, ive never seen a custom loop leak, most horror stories you hear about custom loops leaking are because people wernt careful while putting it together or modifying it, or cut corners when they shouldnt have, it just takes patience (dont expect putting together a custom loop to be done in a night I reserve a full weekend for every tear down and rebuild/cleaning which I do every 6 months but thats just because im anal about that stuff)
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post #4 of 14
For a custom loop an RS240 kit is only $145+shipping on frozencpu.com. Dont forget to use code: OCN for 5.1% off your order if you get anything there. It would get much better performance, but like he said there is a lot of work in a custom loop.
post #5 of 14
exactly ive found that the biggest minus to custom loop isnt the danger but the upkeep, its like a car, if you leave it until something goes wrong, itll go really wrong and be really expensive,.
change your transmission oil once a year and its an hour out of your day once a year and cost you 30$ in oil
leave it for three years and all the sudden it breaks and your looking at 2-3 days worth of work doing a full transmission swap and costing 3000$, same idea with a loop give it a little love now and then and it saves alot of headaches....obviously im also a car guy tongue.gif expensive hobbies
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post #6 of 14
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absoluteloki89 I saw the swiftech h220 and I think i'm going to wait on that. Thing is I want to run my pc now. Should I just get an evo 212 for the time being?

-retaliation- i'll probably invest in some good water cooling in the long run when I save up tongue.gif
post #7 of 14
yep, wait for h220. compared to the h220, corsair is junk. loud as hell fans to get higher temps than the quieter h220. plus you can keep adding more parts to the h220 for a fully custom loop. the corsair stuff, cpu cooling only thats loud and 'average'.
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post #8 of 14
H220 for sure. Get a cheap air cooler for the time being (the stock one can be had for about $8 on eBay). The H220 is a CLC that is plenty strong enough to be expanded upon, and uses top-of-line core components at an unbeatable price. The CPU block is based off the Apogee HD, the radiator is the MCR220-QP-RES but with a few dimension and compatibilty changes (not to mention it's a pristine copper core not like the aluminum cores in all Asetek/Cool-it based CLCs, like Corsair, NZXT, Thermaltake, Antec, etc.), the new pump is as strong as the MCP35X up its 3K RPM max, and the Helix fans perform within 5% as well as Gentle Typhoons.
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post #9 of 14
for me grab a Thermaltake 2.0 water performer... performance is in the middle of H80 and H100 and with a quite pump compare to H80 and most of all lesser price compare to H80...

Made by ASETEK makers of Corsair H series and Antec 620/920 cloose loop water cooling for CPU ... thumb.gif

if you want higher performance try the Thermaltake 2.0 water pro(120mm rad but thicker compare to H80) this par to Corsair H100 cooler according to performance level...

Thermaltake 2.0 water Extreme,240mm rad but thicker compare to H100 and also the performance is higher than H100 due to thicker rad.... smile.gif
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post #10 of 14
and the thermaltake crap is also the same price as the h220. its stupid to buy anything that is not the h220 when its within $20 pricing. yes that means the h100/h100i and the thermaltake and the kraken and the eisenberg if its ever released.
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