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I'm going to be passing my 2500k setup along to wifey as her P4 3.2 isn't cutting it anymore. That means I get to put something new together! Looks like I've pretty much narrowed it down to a 3570k, or 3770k (about $100 price difference). Figured the 3770k would run a tad warmer due to the 4 additional logical cores, which is why I've come here to seek some knowledge from those with similar setups.

I'm finally replacing my circa 2001 Chieftec case with a Corsair Obsidian 750D, looks like a really solid case. Originally I was just going to throw a Corsair h100i in there and call it a day but that seemed too boring. After looking around frozencpu.com I came across the XSPC kits, more specifically this one. Looks pretty decent and maybe a step above the closed loop corsair? If I get that kit I would order some different fittings, colored tubing, and run distilled water + pt nuke/dead water + killcoil.

I just wanted to get some feedback as to how good of a cooling option that setup would be for either of those CPU's. I'm planning to overclock to 4.4-4.5 (whatever I can achieve without generating too much additional heat). A 240mm rad is good enough for a CPU only loop right? 360 would be overkill I would think.. no? It seems I can fit either into the 750D but I have zero intention of adding a GPU block in the future. Anyone running a similar type setup/OC? Looks like it's hit or miss with these IVB chips, but I'm hoping to keep the temps at or below the 60's with an ambient room temp of about 25-26c.

Any feedback or suggestions would be great. I'm open to options, better kits or anything as long as it's not overkill for my setup.

Thanks!
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I would go for the 3770k and get the H100i instead.

why?

A custom loop is meaningless for just the CPU and will cost alot more, a all in one loop is cheaper, no maintenance, same performance more or less and no worries at all.
Of course that is my opinion mate.


EDIT: I just saw your GPU, you should save some money for upgrading it if you don't want your CPU to be bottlenecked by the GTX 460.
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My concern was what temps those processors would produce at 4.5ghz on the h100i. I went with the closed loop last time around (H50) and ended up cutting it open, adding some fittings, a res, and mounting the rad outside the case because I wasn't impressed with it's performance biggrin.gif

Just don't want to piss $100 away on the corsair and wind up dissatisfied with the performance or temps and wind up ordering another kit anyway biggrin.gif

Yea.. the 460, it's getting old. Still works well for the games I play, mostly CS, TF2, L4D, WOW. I'm sure it suffers quite a bit on the newer titles, luckily I find most of the newer games quite boring and lacking creative content. Seems they spend more time making the newer games look cool instead of making them playable. Just my $.02 thumb.gif

Thanks for the advice!
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I would go making your own loop - personally I like having control over what parts I use and diagnosing problems is much easier. Plus when the fever hits and you decide to watercool your GPU, it is much easier to upgrade. I am not a huge fan of kits, since you're putting all your dead presidents into a single company; whereas the reality of it all is that different companies are good at different parts.

Radiator: Theoretically, a 240 radiator can handle upwards of 120 watts of heat (1000rpm fan speed). It should be able to handle your overclocking needs perfectly fine for a CPU only loop.

I do agree with fedrosishere about the cost of it all. A waterblock, pump, radiator, tubing, and reservoir are easily more expensive than an all in one solution. But you do miss out on being able to boast you have a custom w/c loop.
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