Originally Posted by bakerjal
I have a couple of questions:
First, has anyone tried using their stock CPU fan (or any CPU fan that's not a liquid cooling system) and compared the temps to when the liquid cooling was connected? Particularly on computers with overclocked processors and that are using a good sized portion of the CPU. I am interested in seeing if there really is that NEED for a liquid cooling system. It makes sense that liquid cooling is more efficient, but is the need TRULY there. Liquid cooling is decently expensive so if it isn't necessary, it's an easy way to save about $100.
Second, processor brands. I can get a lot more processor for a lot less money using AMD instead of Intel. However, I have heard people complain about driver support with AMD CPU's. What is the recommendation here? Is there truly a difference between the two? Does one perform better than the other?
Just looking for a general consensus. I'm on a tight budget, so if I can save a couple hundred, that would be wonderful.
It all depends on what you're doing. If you are not going to overclock, then there's no need for anything other than the stock fan. If you are overclocking, then you will need extra cooling. An air cooler will do just fine, but you need to be careful in your choice since it's a small case and a small mobo since air coolers tend to be large. You'll have to find one that will fit. For heavy overclocking, you'll probably want to go with water.
I would suggest AMD cpus for tight budgets.
For clock speeds, it's as fleetfeather said, they are separate for discreet video cards. They might be tied together for integrated graphics, I'm not sure.