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Hi OCN!

I'm thinking about upgrading my cooling as my factory case fans (see sig rig) are total crap, and I am getting into the high 70s (C) when gaming. I was going to just get the standard EVO 212, but then I stumbled on some "prebuilt" water cooling kits from Corsair. Don't really care about the "prebuilt" factor ("where's the fun in that?"), but I'm curious about the quality of cooling for the price. Anyone have any experience/feedback on these? (see link below).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181089

Thanks!
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Tons of reviews on the Internet and on Youtube. A little googling is in order for you.

But the bottom line is the 120 or 140mm AIO's perform somewhere in the range of top end air coolers (Noctua D15, etc) but are louder. The larger 240 or 280mm AIO's typically outperform the top-end air coolers by a little bit. The larger the rad the quieter you can run it for the same performance. If you get a 120mm be prepared for the fan to be running at full speed.
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Originally Posted by Atreyu5050 View Post

Hi OCN!

I'm thinking about upgrading my cooling as my factory case fans (see sig rig) are total crap, and I am getting into the high 70s (C) when gaming. I was going to just get the standard EVO 212, but then I stumbled on some "prebuilt" water cooling kits from Corsair. Don't really care about the "prebuilt" factor ("where's the fun in that?"), but I'm curious about the quality of cooling for the price. Anyone have any experience/feedback on these? (see link below).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181089

Thanks!

The Corsair units are painfully bad in terms of noise/performance and cost/performance, especially with the included fans. But, of course, spending more on replacing the fans puts it into the category of "laughably bad" in terms of cost/performance.
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Tons of reviews on the Internet and on Youtube. A little googling is in order for you.

But the bottom line is the 120 or 140mm AIO's perform somewhere in the range of top end air coolers (Noctua D15, etc) but are louder. The larger 240 or 280mm AIO's typically outperform the top-end air coolers by a little bit. The larger the rad the quieter you can run it for the same performance. If you get a 120mm be prepared for the fan to be running at full speed.

This, and there are far better offerings from Swiftech and EK that will offer better performance at lower noise levels. They are also expandable, and can be the heart of a small custom loop - so the fun gets put back in.
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That is not a pre-built.
That is a closed loop cooler, or All in one cooler.

If you want real water cooling, but don't want to have to put it together yourself.
Go with the new EK predator. They are all the same types of parts in real loops, but pre-built into a single unit.

https://www.amazon.com/EKWB-EK-XLC-Predator-Liquid-Cooling/dp/B014CVMMI0
The biggest and best part about this, is that you can replace the coolant, so that when it started getting gunky, you can clean it and keep it running like new.
Which is not possible with the corsair units.
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OK thanks for the feedback, all. Looks like I have some Googling to do.
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