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Well to start let me say that I've been building computers for over 20 years. I usually upgrade every three or four years and give my older systems to my kids.

After skipping Ivy Bridge and all that I finally decided that a Haswell cpu would be my next upgrade and all the items needed for that particular cpu. Got it going and holy COW!! this thing gets hot!!

I asked a guy at the micro center what would be best and he suggested an AIO cooler (long story short, I got a Swiftech h220, delidded my cpu, put CLU on it and now I love it).

That was 3 months ago, recently I got a Powercolor pcs+ 290 and put that in my system and holy COW this thing gets HOT! So I read and read ( here and other sites) and decided to watercool my

gpu also, ordered the aquacomputer block and active backplate ( and other things I needed) for my card hooked it inline with the h220 and now I'm happy again. But there's a small voice inside

my head telling me that these temperatures I'm seeing could be EVEN LOWER....... I've read about once you start cooling with water you never go back to air.


So what now??? I don't want to spend hundreds of $'s more than I already have. So I'm asking what more could I do, keeping the H220 intact, to cool my system more? Radiators? Different or

more powerful pumps? TEEEEAAACH MEEEEEEE!!!

Thanks
post #2 of 7
The pump on the H220 is pretty powerful, I would grab another 240mm radiatand some fittings and that should keep your temps at a great number, 1 240mm rad is not enough for a CPU and a hot GPU like a R9 290. Just get 1 more 240mm rad and you'll be all set, the pump will have no trouble with that setup.
post #3 of 7
well since you seem quite inthuzzzed,

and im not trying to be a dik here,

it's kinda somthing you have to research for yourself. we can nudge you in the right direction tho thumb.gif





start here

http://www.overclock.net/t/226970/updated-water-cooling-essential-threads


end up posting pics here (after you build)

http://www.overclock.net/t/584302/ocn-water-cooling-club-and-picture-gallery

because i can tell you right now,

it's like a drug----it's just never enough!!! if you have the fundage, just save yourself a ton of cash and go all out instead of the upgrade spiral

ps,,,

the h220 pump isnt exactly legendary for its longevity. I suggest either getting a "kit" or doing the research and going big
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I use my setup with an H220 and an extra 240mm radiator. I previously used the stock 240mm and additional 120mm radiator but that was for a GTX 670 so the pump will be fine for that and more.

Depending on your case you could go for a 360mm radiator and it would keep you set for a while.

You might just want to go full custom in time so keep looking at options.
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Well I have read through the WC threads here and on some other sites. The problem is... everyone has their favorite rads, pumps, etc, there's no "best" part so if anyone cares to post,

I'm open to some ideas about which 240mm rad would be beneficial to my setup.
post #6 of 7
I'm a big fan of Alphacool and XSPC rads, obviously people have their own favorite though.
post #7 of 7
If I'm building on a budget, I go for Alphacool or XSPC. If money is no object, then I go with Hardware Labs

An extra 240mm radiator should tield you pretty good temps. A 360 would give you slightly better temps, and would allow you to add another GPU down the road without needing another radiator.

Another way to lower temps is to get better radiator fans, assuming you are using the fans that came with the H220 kit. Gentle Typhoons, if you can find them in stock anywhere, are the best noise to performance ratio fans around. I've also heard good things about Cougar fans, certain Noiseblockers, and I've had good experiences with Coolermaster R4s(Sickleflows)
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