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I already have an H80i cooling my CPU, If I would upgrade and get a loop with a 360mm rad and an XSPC cpu block, what kind of performance/temp improvement would I see on my i5-3570k?
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I never used an h80i but my guess would be a few C difference. I think you would benefit if you're planning to add a GPU block later in the future.
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I never used an h80i but my guess would be a few C difference. I think you would benefit if you're planning to add a GPU block later in the future.

This. But if the CPU isn't delidded you likely won't see much of an improvement either way.
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This. But if the CPU isn't delidded you likely won't see much of an improvement either way.

Delidding is just removing the top portion of the CPU that keeps everything inside free from the outside correct? I might look into delidding it then.

Currently my CPU idles around 31-35C while my 670 idles around 40-45C. For the time being I plan on getting an XSPC ax360 and the XSPC CPU block, and later down the road trading my 670 in for a 780/whatever else might come out. Don't think it would be worth it to SLI 670s considering how much of a leap GPUs will have in the near future.

So the plan is:
  • CPU loop for the time being w/ a 360mm rad.
  • Upgrade GPU and include it in the loop, while also getting a 120/240mm rad.
  • Upgrade motherboard and get a new series CPU and put the mobo underwater as well.

I will also post me putting my computer underwater in a upgrade/build log.

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Edited by Zhood - 11/30/13 at 5:02pm
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I went from an H100 to a Raystorm with RX360 rad and saw a drop of about 8c on my 3770k. I delidded and saw a drop of about 18c more. Yea there is risk with delidding, but for the cost of a tube of liquid metal thermal compound the temperature drop was more than double what the Raystorm delivered because the heat needs to get off the die and onto the head spreader for the cooler to remove it. You may want to pop over to the Intel CPU forum here to read up on it (used the razor method on my proc, and the vise method to build my brother's new PC, and the vise method wins for ease of use and less risk). There is still risk so read up before deciding to delid. But if you get the heat under control, you may be able to OC your proc and not have to upgrade it for a bit. I'm at 4.8ghz on my chip and am going to skip Haswell and see what the next chip is before entertaining upgrading it.

Yea, I keep looking at those 780ti cards too. Still running with two old 3gig 580s; they work well but the fans are loud as heck but it's not worth watering them at this point. If I do one 780ti, it should be quieter, draw less power and generate less heat than those 580s too. May not have to water it...

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I went from an H100 to a Raystorm with RX360 rad and saw a drop of about 8c on my 3770k. I delidded and saw a drop of about 18c more. Yea there is risk with delidding, but for the cost of a tube of liquid metal thermal compound the temperature drop was more than double what the Raystorm delivered because the heat needs to get off the die and onto the head spreader for the cooler to remove it. You may want to pop over to the Intel CPU forum here to read up on it (used the razor method on my proc, and the vise method to build my brother's new PC, and the vise method wins for ease of use and less risk). There is still risk so read up before deciding to delid. But if you get the heat under control, you may be able to OC your proc and not have to upgrade it for a bit. I'm at 4.8ghz on my chip and am going to skip Haswell and see what the next chip is before entertaining upgrading it.

Yea, I keep looking at those 780ti cards too. Still running with two old 3gig 580s; they work well but the fans are loud as heck but it's not worth watering them at this point. If I do one 780ti, it should be quieter, draw less power and generate less heat than those 580s too. May not have to water it...

Why can't I just win the lottery...

That's what I'm saying. I see all these people with money getting nice cars and big houses, while I would be over here build a PC a day, and just needing a room with enough space to build, do some maintenance, and a station for 1-2 PCs. I guess it's just a enthusiast problem haha.

I'll go over to the Intel thread and look at the delidding process. I would think that I could even do it with my H80i and still be able to get really good temps.

I know what you are saying about your 580s too man. a 670 isn't a bad card at all; plus it being the 4GB FTW+ edition isn't a bad thing either. Only downside is that if I want to get my moneys worth with SLI'ing that card I would have to get another 4GB card, and they aren't cheap. Might stick with it until I can't run newer games around 40 FPS. I seem to run AC4 on it pretty nicely at high settings, so I'm not complaining. Here we come delidding!
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Well right now I am pretty much stuck. Performance PC is showing that the XSPC Photon 170 & 270 are currently out of stock, and that is definitely the one I wanted to go with, seeing as it would make for a nice look in my White Corsair C70 Vengeance case. Saying that I wouldn't shut down the idea of getting the 5 1/4" bay res/pump from XSPC. Not only would I not have to wait for a photon to get back in stock, but I would also save about $40 and be able to get the pump/res right away. I would just be bummed out if I couldn't have a nice res showing through the window of the case, so if I could I might just mount in under the HDD cage so that it is viewable, or somewhere next to the mobo. Thoughts?
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