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I didnt like how i couldnt use compression fittings and i had to use the stock barb + clamp on the motherboard block so i was wondering if it was absolutely necessary to watercool my motherboard if i were trying for 5.0ghz + 24/7 overclocks?

or could i just leave it stock, will the stock heatsink be enough for an i5-2500k at 1.40-1.45v ? I just want my motherboard to stay cool so i can keep my OC as stable as possible considering im going to be ramping it up to 5.0 for 24/7 (this is purely for numbers at this point -- this is OCN right?)
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You don't need to watercool that board at all. Barbs are there for marketing purposes.
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You don't need to watercool that board at all. Barbs are there for marketing purposes.

Thanks for the reply Dexel, so there will be absolutely no "benefit" to me water cooling this board at such a high overclock?

Besides looks?
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Thanks for the reply Dexel, so there will be absolutely no "benefit" to me water cooling this board at such a high overclock?

Besides looks?

yup.......looks and more money
 
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yup.......looks and more money

Thanks for the insight guys.

I might include it in my loop later. I heard using barbs/clamps could lead to a potential leak and i dont think its worth it to include it in my loop if it has no real benefit to my performance. Are there any good clamps? or is the only way to do it to avoid all future leaks to go with compression fittings??
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I watercooled my RIIIE when i clocked my W3530 to 4.6 GHz while eating way more power than your 2500k. After a while i swapped to the stock mobo cooler but kept the same clocks, temps rose 1-2c in average in the VRM's, ~5c on the x58 IOH and stayed the same on the ICH.

Watercooling a mobo is not worth it, unless you want the looks/epeen.

About barbs/clamps, i never had a leak while using them (roughly 1.5 years), so i see no way why you shouldn't use them if you tighten them up properly. I swapped to compressions just because of the looks, and managing angles is way easier, but my temps have been the same as well. Even so, i always did a 24 hour leak test after modifying or cleaning my loop, and you should do that as well, along with using teflon tape on the barbs. a little over 2 years , 4 different GPU blocks, 2 different CPU blocks, 1 mobo block and 0 leaks.
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Thanks for the insight guys.

I might include it in my loop later. I heard using barbs/clamps could lead to a potential leak and i dont think its worth it to include it in my loop if it has no real benefit to my performance. Are there any good clamps? or is the only way to do it to avoid all future leaks to go with compression fittings??

 

Barbs and clamps are just as good as compression fittings in terms of leakage if you install the barbs/clamps correctly. However, in general, compression fittings tend to look a heck of a lot better, and not cost all that much more per fitting these days. And they are a bit more intuitive to work with.

 

This biggest problem with including that specific motherboard in your loop would be possible galvanic corrosion because of Asus's tendency to use different metals ( I believe aluminium on their Z87), which will react over time with your copper radiators. So do some research on what that motherboard block uses for its water channel.

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