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Should I upgrade to water cooling?

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So I've been fairly interested in water cooling for awhile, I like how it looks without the huge aftermarket heatsink and fan sticking out of the motherboard and think the water block over the cpu is simplistic and clean.

I have a hyper 212 heatsink on my i5 2500k and I have an HAF 932 case.

I was wondering what the pros / cons are for water cooling vs air and if anyone has had any significant decrease in temps.

Also are AIO water cooling pretty good vs like some massive entire setup? Thanks!

Also I don't have any temperature issues but would like a quiet radiator fan and lower temps and something that works for my 2500k 1155 and will work for an upgrade to maybe i7 4790k 1150 in the future.
Edited by MeRcChRiS - 1/19/16 at 7:17am
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So I've been fairly interested in water cooling for awhile, I like how it looks without the huge aftermarket heatsink and fan sticking out of the motherboard and think the water block over the cpu is simplistic and clean.

I have a hyper 212 heatsink on my i5 2500k and I have an HAF 932 case.

I was wondering what the pros / cons are for water cooling vs air and if anyone has had any significant decrease in temps.

Also are AIO water cooling pretty good vs like some massive entire setup? Thanks!

Also I don't have any temperature issues but would like a quiet radiator fan and lower temps and something that works for my 2500k 1155 and will work for an upgrade to maybe i7 4790k 1150 in the future.
It all depends on what you're doing, and what hardware you have. A full liquid cooling unit vs a full fan unit, the liquid will win. But a full liquid cooling system will be much much more expensive. I have my CPU liquid cooled and my GPU There is absolutely nothing wrong with loading up your case with the max amount of fans you can. The difference of the two is obvious. Air vs liquid. A pro for liquid is that you will see better temps. A con like I said, is that it's more expensive. A pro for air is that is pretty cheap to get max fans for your case. A con would be your not going to get better temps over liquid cooling. There are some good fans out there though. Like I said, it just depends on what you're planning to do with the system. And obviously what can fit in your case.
It's also noisier than air cooling even an AIO is loud because it still has a pump thumb.gif
Edited by Basiletech - 1/19/16 at 8:04am
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I spent around 300$ for a custom loop that uses the simple AIO design model. I use an MCR320 Rev 3 Radiator with an integrated pump and res, with an HK 3.0 70*f ambient running Small FFTs with the latest P95 my temps hover around 56*c, with my gaming rig, in Sig X58 W3690
     
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