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I currently bought a 4770k, extreme 6 board, and a 650d (also 6 hard drives, so case size is limited).

I wanted to get the h220 but they're out of stock everywhere in the US. Do you guys have any recommendations on something that can be better or on par with the h220? I plan on expanding the loop to my graphics cards later on. Or at this price point, should I just get a h100i and live with that?

I've moving from an i7 950 4 Ghz with a 212+ . 4770k at stock is about the same speed as my i7 950 in rendering times, so I wanted to overclock it to 4.2~4.5 ghz.

Any ideas? I also don't have any experience with building watercooling rigs other than looking at the pictures on ocn. Also this rig will be moved around like once every three months for my productions (rendering video/producing) for like 2 weeks at a time, so will it be safe to move it? (It's a 2-4 mile drive from my home).
post #2 of 21
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/xsra750rxwak.html
or
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/xsra750rswak1.html

Going to be your best bet to stay under $200.
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Originally Posted by APhamX View Post

I currently bought a 4770k, extreme 6 board, and a 650d (also 6 hard drives, so case size is limited).

I wanted to get the h220 but they're out of stock everywhere in the US. Do you guys have any recommendations on something that can be better or on par with the h220? I plan on expanding the loop to my graphics cards later on. Or at this price point, should I just get a h100i and live with that?

I've moving from an i7 950 4 Ghz with a 212+ . 4770k at stock is about the same speed as my i7 950 in rendering times, so I wanted to overclock it to 4.2~4.5 ghz.

Any ideas? I also don't have any experience with building watercooling rigs other than looking at the pictures on ocn. Also this rig will be moved around like once every three months for my productions (rendering video/producing) for like 2 weeks at a time, so will it be safe to move it? (It's a 2-4 mile drive from my home).

If this rig is going to be moving from place to place I'd personally be more prone to using an All-in-One Closed Loop Cooler rather than a kit like the H220.

Something like this:
http://www.corsair.com/en/cpu-cooling-kits/hydro-series-water-cooling-cpu-cooler/hydro-series-h110-280mm-extreme-performance-liquid-cpu-cooler.html

or this

http://www.corsair.com/en/cpu-cooling-kits/hydro-series-water-cooling-cpu-cooler/hydro-series-h100i-extreme-performance-liquid-cpu-cooler.html


If it were on a rig that's going to be moved around a lot I'd feel more comfortable with a factory sealed CLC than a custom loop.
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See I looked into that, people started swaying be away from getting a closed loop from corsair because of high chance of failure. The h110 won't fit in my case I believe. My other option is to go with something like the phantek cooler for like 70-80 bucks.

But say if I were to leave the loop at home, what would you guys recommend? [I'll probably just build a cheap i7-2600k build in my mini-itx rig to render instead? Maybe?)
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See I looked into that, people started swaying be away from getting a closed loop from corsair because of high chance of failure. The h110 won't fit in my case I believe. My other option is to go with something like the phantek cooler for like 70-80 bucks.

But say if I were to leave the loop at home, what would you guys recommend? [I'll probably just build a cheap i7-2600k build in my mini-itx rig to render instead? Maybe?)

High chance of failure? Corsairs have a fairly good reputation for reliability. They also have an AMAZING warranty with pretty ridiculous coverage. If it isn't going to be moved around much, I'd say wait for the Swiftech H220 to come back in stock, or get one of the XSPC Raystorm kits.
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See I looked into that, people started swaying be away from getting a closed loop from corsair because of high chance of failure. The h110 won't fit in my case I believe. My other option is to go with something like the phantek cooler for like 70-80 bucks.

But say if I were to leave the loop at home, what would you guys recommend? [I'll probably just build a cheap i7-2600k build in my mini-itx rig to render instead? Maybe?)

Ive never heard of the "high chance of failure?". I would recommend a Corsair AIO. Plus they have a five year warranty, plus a cross-shipment option if you have a credit card; my RMA took only a few days. They were really speedy with RMA. But ive owned, two H60's, one H60i, one H80i, and one H100i and ive had zero problems with their coolers. I do admit that there were some batches of coolers that were faulty, but Corsair does a great job of addressing those problems and getting them fixed. Ive never had any of the problems though. That is just my opinion though.
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Ive never heard of the "high chance of failure?". I would recommend a Corsair AIO. Plus they have a five year warranty, plus a cross-shipment option if you have a credit card; my RMA took only a few days. They were really speedy with RMA. But ive owned, two H60's, one H60i, one H80i, and one H100i and ive had zero problems with their coolers. I do admit that there were some batches of coolers that were faulty, but Corsair does a great job of addressing those problems and getting them fixed. Ive never had any of the problems though. That is just my opinion though.
There were many problems with several batches of h100 unless you didn't know. Hell even h100i had problems
Would you like to have :
1) Good warranty but often problematic
2) Not-so-good warranty as above but no problems so far

Maybe OP can have CM Seidon 240M instead. 74$ only
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If it is for business I would sell it and get something that is more appropriate for you.

Overclocking and water cooling is not such a great idea on a video rendering machine, or any business machine for that matter. It's just not appropriate.

I would be consulting professionals in your field, or even google to see what the word is.

Consider putting that $200 towards a Dell or HP workstation.
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post #9 of 21
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There were many problems with several batches of h100 unless you didn't know. Hell even h100i had problems
Would you like to have :
1) Good warranty but often problematic
2) Not-so-good warranty as above but no problems so far

Maybe OP can have CM Seidon 240M instead. 74$ only

I am aware of the problems. They were rampant all over OCN a while back. Ive seen the threads. I mean, i guess you get bad batches, but Swiftech comes out with bad batches with the H220...does that make Swiftech an unreliable brand? No... i mean it happens.... But Corsair separates themselves from other companies and they actually back up their warranty and replace whatever was wrong; with a very lenient RMA service... Do you see Cooler Master to be known for the best customer service? Do you hear Antec? AFAIK, Corsair does a great job addressing with MOST (not all); but definitely a lot better than other brands....

Ive owned five corsair AIO coolers in the course of two years and i have had 0 problems. What about that? Just my 2cents.gif once again redface.gif
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http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/xsra750rxwak.html
or
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/xsra750rswak1.html

Going to be your best bet to stay under $200.

go with this. you'll never know . . . you might want to add the gpu in the future.

edit: add these things . . .

- for a drain line

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/13666/ex-tub-961/Phobya_180_Degree_T_Bock_-_Black_Nickel_64092.html?tl=g30c499s745

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14873/ex-tub-1067/Enzotech_G14_Barb_Stop_Fitting_w_Cap_-_12_ID_-_Nickel_Plate_Metallic_Silver_NPH-ID12-G14.html

- and your choice of tubing (pick the right size based it on the size of tube that comes with the kit). the tubing that comes with the kit is mediocre . . .

http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l2/g30/c457/list/p1/Liquid_Cooling-Tubing_-_Tygon.html

you're set. that haswell is going to need it.
Edited by rdr09 - 7/15/13 at 4:23am
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