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Which method of cooling do u think would be best to set solid benchmarks without exceeding 50C (on full load) by much.
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post #2 of 37
air. Just open your case up and put a big fan next to it and your cooling just got better. Its getto but ive done it and it brought my temps down by about 8C.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835186134

strap one of those on, and do my above Idea and your set.
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I say Air is really good when you have good case airflow and a good room temp. And its cheaper most of the times. WC is good for overclocking alot b/c of higher volts, however it is more expensive.
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Water, because water can transfer heat way better than air can.
    
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post #6 of 37
Quote:
Originally Posted by MasterShake View Post
Which method of cooling do u think would be best to set solid benchmarks without exceeding 50C (on full load) by much.
Air cooling is definitely the choice for someone on a budget. A good air cooler will perform close to a mid-range watercooling setup and cost much less. Watercooling has a bad price / performance ratio and should only be used because you enjoy it as a hobby.

Clearly the water will provide better performance for benchmarking. However, consider your budget wisely before getting into watercooling. Before investing in it, be aware a good setup requires at least $300 of investment.
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Air is the cheap way to go, but work pretty well, but I will be moving to water in a few months.
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post #8 of 37
With an AMD I bet air would be fine. If you had a quad core though, water would be better because of the increased cooling capacity.
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Scientifically it's impossible for air cooling to transfer heat as fast as water does. Air can only get as good as "almost" as good as water cooling.

In my opinion, I think that while air is creeping up on cheap water cooling solutions, it's not doing it at the price to make it a feasible set up.

High end air is the only way to get past 3.4GHZ on Core 2 duo's and how much does high end air cooling REALLY cost?

http://www.svc.com/tuniq.html
Tuniq Tower 120 $54.99

http://www.svc.com/vf900-cu.html
Zalman VF900 $39.99

http://www.svc.com/hr-03plus.html
Thermalright HR-03 Plus (for 8800 cards) $44.99

Good 120mm fans, let's say Jab-tech's Yate Loon D12SL-12's for $3.00 each. One for the HR-03, one to replace the Tuniq Tower, one for intake on your case, one for exhaust and another maybe for sidevent.

$3 each x5 = $15.00

Good air cooling wouldn't be as good without a Fan controller. Let's say a Sunbeam Rheobus for $13.99

Now that's a kind-of high end air set up. You could get better fans and a better fan controller, but for this comparison you wouldn't want to do that.

Added up, for an 8800 set up that's $130-135. For a non-8800 set up, that's about $120-130.

With water-cooling, you could have everything you need for a video-card and CPU for $260. I know because I"m in the market to build an H20 set up. Mind you, this is with TOP of the line parts. A Swiftech MCP655 pump, an Apogee GT block, MCW60 GPU block, MCR320 radiator, yate loon fans, tubing, a bay reservoir and coolant additives.

The real question is, with only a $120-135 difference in price, how do the temps stack up?

Well that water set up could easily take a 6600 to 4GHZ and an 8800GTX to 670 core, which is pretty much sky high.

That air set up? If you're lucky, 660-665 on the 8800 and 3.6GHZ on an E6600, and it'll still be loading at 55-58C, and considering you said "at or under 50c" I guess that gets disqualified.
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post #10 of 37
Quote:
Originally Posted by NamelessMC View Post
Scientifically it's impossible for air cooling to transfer heat as fast as water does. Air can only get as good as "almost" as good as water cooling.


I can prove that air can match any watercooling systems.
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