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Im getting e4400 processor with intentions to overclock. Should i buy a crappy fan then go with water cooling later on, or no need for water ever?
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Invest in a tower cooler, like a Scythe Ninja, or better, a TT120. If you need to go to water after lapping, and all the usual cooling techniques, then so be it.
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unless you want to do very intense overclocking (at least 3.6) there is no need for watercooling. i would invest in a good aircooler instead. the best available right now is the ultra-120 extreme
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i just looked up the ultra 120 extreme, i dont see the fan on it. How does it work?
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First off, if you can afford it you should spend $25 more and get an Intel E6320, it has twice the L2 cache and Conroes tend to overclock a little better than do the Allendales.

As for CPU cooling, water cooling is going to perform better than air by, very generally speaking, 10-15 degrees or so than air depending on which water cooling you get and what air cooling you had before. But, water cooling costs a lot more, at least 3 times the cost of a top of the line air cooling, and is a lot more work and more dangerous then air cooling.

So...if you want to stick with air cooling then here are a few good air coolers. I'm not sure of your budget but for $30 you can get the Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro which is the best in the $30 and under price range. If you can afford to spend a little more, the Thermaltake Big Typhoon is a very popular cooler that has been recommended by everyone for the past couple years, it is one of, if not the best, air cooler for under $50. The best of the best right now is the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme but for that top notch performance there's a hefty price tag of $65. The Ultra 120 Extreme does not come with a fan, so you're going to have to buy a fan separate if you want to get what you pay for. The Silverstone FM121 120mm Fan is a favorite here because it can run at 110 CFM on full blast but also comes with its own fan controller if 40 dBA is too loud for you. This fan would also be a good upgrade for the Big Typhoon, but if you're going to spend that much money on air cooling you might as well get the Ultra 120 Extreme.

Or if you want to get water cooling Swiftech makes some nice kits, and the Swiftech H20-120 Premium is a nice kit for $150, but if you have more money to spend on water cooling then let us know and we could come up with a nice custom water cooling kit for you .
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