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Can't decide between air and water - Help conclude?

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First, thanks for viewing. I'm trying to lighten my mood in threads and avoid the debate issues like AMD/Intel, Nvidia/ATI, so on so fourth.

I'm trying to put together the cooling for my summer build before I buy parts. I'm waiting for the whole P35/DDR3/G80 revision dust to settle before I actually buy parts, so I'm going to stick to the basics.

First, I'd like to go Quad 6600, but I might just stick to a 4300 since my goals are rather modest. I plan on OC'ing maybe to 2.5-2.6 for daily usage. Just put it at the speed of an E6700 or for the Quad, at the speed of the QX6700 and not go an inch further.

Second, I'll probably get what is in the price range of the 8800GTS 320 in mid July. I want to include it in the loop if I go water, but if I go air, I'll most likely be limited in what cooling I use, and that bothers me.

I want kind of a mix between passive and performance if I go water. I don't want the best temps at the cost of it being as noisy as air. I'd like it to be relatively quiet. I plan on including the 8800GTS in the loop and budget restrains me from wanting to go with two pumps and a dual loop. Would possibly a separate radiator in the G80 loop fix this? Like maybe a 240 for the GPU and a 240 for the CPU?

If air can get me these goals, I'd like to stick to air because of budget/ease of use-
Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Quad at 2.6GHZ
G80 over-clocked (8800GTS 320 or whatever is in the $250-280 budget in July)
Quiet but still decent temps
Low space restraints. I'm throwing this all in a Cooler Master mid-tower RC330 Elite.
Budget friendly, $200-ish would be very sweet. I realize with how popular the Petra modded DDC2 is and things like the Apogee GTX, it's hard to fit into that budget and still be good performance wise, but I would rather spend $500 on a better CPU, motherboard or ram, than spend that on cooling.

If I go air, just to give you an idea, I'll probably get-
3x 120mm Yate Loon D12SL-12
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good air owns crap water, so it entirely depends on the budget mate

Or just get a Kandalf LCS
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When I get all my stuff together, I'm planning on going water for two main reasons, the first and probably biggest; the fun of doing the case mods and putting everything together, the second is the performance.
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You should be able to get buy with a single good 360 rad...Since you want quiet go for a Thermochill PA.3 they work well with lower CFM fans...They have Thermochills at Danger Den...

I would go with a Swifty 60 for the GPU they are not as restrictive as the full coverage blocks and they don't dump all the ram heat in your loop...Everywhere I looked they were out of stock but I will link anyway so you can see what they are....

...http://www.petrastechshop.com/swmcgpuwawg8.html
Swifty 60..

You need to use ram sinks with it...

...http://www.petrastechshop.com/swmcsmccokit.html
Ram Sinks

CPU Block...fstfrddy here on the forum makes a really good one or the D-Tek Fuzion..

...http://www.stingerwaterblocks.mysite.com/
Stinger WB

...http://www.dtekcustoms.com/index.asp
D-Tek

The D-5 is a good pump strong and reliable...

...http://www.dangerden.com/store/produ...5&cat=4&page=1
Danger Den :: Pumps :: 12V DD-D5 Pump

Tubing I like the 7/16x5/8" Masterkleer tubing..It flows about as well as full 1/2" and is easier to route around in your case...

...http://www.dangerden.com/store/produ...&cat=33&page=1
Danger Den :: Tubing & Fittings

A rad-box to hang your rad on the back of your case..

...http://www.petrastechshop.com/swmcrre2raho.html
Rad-Box

Clamp..Automotive worm drive or zip-ties are good ones...


Here is some good stuff to read...

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http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...ing-setup.html
Assembling your Custom Watercooling Setup

...http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...-wc-setup.html
Bleeding my WC setup...

...http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...stall-tip.html
D-Tek Fuzion install tip! - (Or why you should clean your new block)...

...http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...diators-2.html
Poll: Push or pull configuration for Radiators -

...http://www.overclock.net/faqs/118766...ce-shroud.html
How To: Build A Performance Shroud - Overclock.net - Overclocking.net

...http://www.overclockers.com/articles993/
PC Water Coolant Chemistry - Part I

...http://www.overclockers.com/articles223/
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