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If you're seriously overclocking, 15C is a ton. You can go from having load be in the 50's and not being able to go farther to having load be in the 30's and being able to get much farther.

Watercooling is worth it if you are having trouble overclocking because of temps. If your temps are fine and you can't get a better overclock watercooling is not going to help.

Watercooling is much more dangerous than air because you are getting water very near your rig. If you spring a leak you can ruin your computer. If you are careful and get a good set up you will be much safer. If you make sure the loop is leak free and the parts are good quality you don't have as much to worry about.

Is watercooling going to be especially useful to you? Not right now. You could spend the extra money on better parts and have a comptuer that will run faster on air than it would on water because of the difference in parts. If you get a 1k rig now (mine was 1k and I can play BF2142 and FEAR on highest setting and have no lag) you can get a tuniq or something and be able to overclock it nicely. Then when you have saved up for a while, you can get watercooling and get more power.
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soc 939 opty 165 , dfi or asus board, enermax liberty 620w p/s, 3 gigs kingston(2x1gb,2x512mb)(already have) and a 7900gt...i can get this for about 600-650 maybe less...the wc kit i looked at is 360 bucks and custom made rang in at about 250-300 bucks...i can get what i want for a grand or maybe a bit over but is it worth it...
    
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[QUOTE=ira-k;1614599]Sounds like a Thermal Take kit......Those don't cool any better then air....QUOTE]

TT is awful I agree, I have a silent water. But to say that air cools just as well is an overstatement. I have a single core P4. They generate a ton of heat. WC gets me a 46C load temp. Air cooling could not do that.

IMHumbleO If you have only a 1k budget put it all into the system, and get the water cooling rig later as an upgrade. If you want to OC your rig than water is worth every penny and then some.
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post #14 of 16
Typically high performance air coolers can come close to the temperature of a reasonable WC kit. They cost less but create a lot more noise for the same cooling properties.
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I agree with you on the temps but I don't think that you have to spend over 200 dollars in order to get an effective wc system. I purchased the Nautilus 500 and it cools my E6700 overclocked to a 3.6Ghz just fine. 36degress idle and 39-40 under load. For under 150 dollars.
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post #16 of 16
1: Water will wipe the floor with the Tuniq.
2: 10-15C is a HUGE difference! You could get another .1V out of your chip at safe temps.
3: Budget kits are really not that great. The Nautilus 500 has had it's share of problems too. The acrylic top cracks & so does the res. The pump has also failed. If you want WCing cheap hack and slash yourself & build a kit. I have a very cheap kit setup in my sig.
4: There isn't a danger with custom watercooling if you do it right. If you are really worried you can get non conductive liquid. It's a bit of insurance.

On that note. If you've got $1k spend it all on parts. A $1k computer stock will beat a $600-700 computer w/ water cooling. You could get a nice E6300 setup at $1k.

Everyone that says water isn't worth it has never tried it, had a crappy kit, or an unbalanced setup.
    
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