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is it really worth it to use liquid over air? ive got about a grand to spend on a new rig and im thinking of going back to liquid...i had a bad experience but im ready to put it behind me now...i never really oc'ed or anything like that when i had it before and i would like to know if its worth it for me to cut 2-300 bucks off the top of my build budget for water instead of just buying the best parts i can get...
    
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is it really worth it to use liquid over air? ive got about a grand to spend on a new rig and im thinking of going back to liquid...i had a bad experience but im ready to put it behind me now...i never really oc'ed or anything like that when i had it before and i would like to know if its worth it for me to cut 2-300 bucks off the top of my build budget for water instead of just buying the best parts i can get...
Water cooling is overrated IMO. Good air cooling is cheaper, more safe, and less complicated...with similar results.
    
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Good water cooling will get your temp's closer to ambient then air ever can...Water has a lot better thermal transfer then air....If you water cooled before wouldn't you agree with that?
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i never really payed attention before...someone bought me a kit for my birthday about three years ago before i got into oc'ing and it sprung a leak about three weeks later
    
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I agree with ira-k a Swiftech Apex Ultra will cool better than any Air Cooler. If you spend the money and spend some money you can build a very nice kit using Danger Den and Swiftech Parts. It will run you more than Air Cooling, however, you'll see much lower temps than Air Cooling as well.

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For a $1k budget WC is kinda out of the question. Unless you get a very good WC rig a lapped Tuniq Tower will be a more cost effective solution by a factor of at least 4
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Sounds like a Thermal Take kit......Those don't cool any better then air....As far as kits go these 2 are about all we suggest...If you would rather go custom let us know and we will list some parts for you...This is a great one and easy to upgrade also, I would suggest it.....Swiftech H20-220-APEX ULTRA CPU Liquid Cooling Kit


This one is OK for mild OC'ing and you can upgrade to a double rad and 1/2" tubing later on if you want to.....Swiftech H20-120 Premium 120mm Water Cooling Kit
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Obviously water cooling is better, but air cooling is under $50

As long as your fans do not create turbulence you should be fine. if additional cooling is needed just go to phase.
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A Tuniq Tower with an FM121 gives amazing temps for well under $100... why spend over $300 for maybe 10-15 C?
    
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post #10 of 16
If you want overclock an Intel Core 2 Duo 15C is a lot! You can get an E6300 up to 3.5GHz on a Swiftech Kit - sometimes even higher. Think about it, would you want your CPU running at 50C or 35C? Your Idle Temps on Air can become your Load Temps on Water. In addition, if your CPU is running cooler it is better for it and you can extend it's lifetime. However, for WC to be effective you need a 200+ Dollar Kit - which is out of the question in a $1,000 Build. However, later on if you want to upgrade, that'd be a very good investment for a Core 2 Duo or AM2 Rig.

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