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Midrange CPU Waterblock Purchase Advice

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Hey OC'ers

I'm in the phase of choosing a Waterblock in the midrange section for my Phenom II 965BE=AM3 socket.
I'm going for a Black/Acetal clean look and I have a really hard time deciding which to buy.

The goal is to get the best price/performance deal.
Hopefully some experts here can give me some advice.

These are the ones I am considering (Maybe there are others I have not yet found?):

EK-Supreme LTX Acetal CSQ


Phobya CPU-Cooler UC-2 LT


Alphacool NexXxoS XP³ Light - Acetal Edition

Edited by nepToon - 7/2/13 at 6:37am
post #2 of 3
I would go with the EK just because aesthetics biggrin.gif. Im no waterblock fanatic but im pretty sure the temps between these would be negligible. You can see in the link that the extremes between these 22 waterblocks in a 4C difference. Thats some difference but the one you listed are all in the middle so there is probably a 1-2 degree difference between them. Waterblock Roundup
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300R
(16 items)
 
Phenom M
(12 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2500k Asrock Extreme 3 Gen 3 560ti 8GB 1600mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Agility 3 Watercooled Windows 7 QNIX 1440p 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
19" Dell CM Quickfire Rapid Blue Keys Kingwin STR-500 300R 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Mionix Naos 3200 Func Industries 1030 Z-5500 Sennheiser HD 280 Pro 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4670K Z87M Extreme 4 290 PNY 8 GB 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
OCZ Agility 3 240GB SSD Corsair AIO Win 7 Qnix 1440p 
KeyboardCaseMouseAudio
Quickfire Rapid (Blues) Prodigy M Mionix Naos 3200 Sennheiser HD280 
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post #3 of 3
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I have decided to go with the more sturdy option, the Aquacomputer Cuplex Kryos Delrin.
I can still paint some parts of it if it doesn't match my build.

The mounting system is superior to the other models.
All the mentioned coolers are in a very close range concerning the performance.

I don't think theres a bad choice anymore with the modern coolers, they're all good with some small differences.

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