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Hello. I want to know, is it worth the extra money and hassle to water cool my system? Will a good fan do a better job? If so, what fan would you suggest? System in sig.

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post #2 of 15
Well you'll have a much easier time with just good air cooling, that stock cooling is horrible.

I'd go with this.

Tuniq Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835154001
post #3 of 15
you have your Q6600 @ 3.6 on stock cooling?

Get a Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme and good fan.
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post #4 of 15
It might be worth going with some high-end air cooling first and see what the results are.

I find water more hassle than what its worth
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post #5 of 15
You can spend £50 on air cooling which can be just as good as spending £100 on water cooling.

(Figures are just made up)
    
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post #6 of 15
first off i just have to know what your temps are right now with your q6600 clocked at 3.6ghz using stock cooling lol. i figured the earths atmosphere would catch fire if anybody attempted that :-P . looking at what your doing right now id say a water cooling system would make your cpu last a bit longer and you could overclock to 4ghz if you felt like it probably
if you want to stay air id get the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme and lap it
    
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post #7 of 15
its not gonna be worth it if yur not willing to spend like over $300. i would go with air cooling. i spent a total of 200 for my thermaltake set im gettin 19 idle and 26 underload.
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post #8 of 15
the swiftech h20-220 pre fab kit is $140 on newegg.com and can keep the q6600 under 70C at 4ghz... and for $70 more you can get its big brother. or you could go with a really nice kit that comes from petra's tech shop for $250 that will be better than those two.
http://www.petrastechshop.com/pecoel.html (swiftech h20-220 review)http://www.cluboverclocker.com/revie...pact/page3.asp
here it is at newegg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835108105
    
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post #9 of 15
I would go air cooling all the way unless you have uber money you want to burn for what, 2 times as much stuff to go wrong?

Is there anyone here who can say what the difference would be or what to expect. like a 5 c drop or 10 c air over water ? or is it rediculous temp drop?
    
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post #10 of 15
you'll see the difference when you up the voltage to overclock or run under heavy load. air can keep up with water easily for a while but when you crank up that voltage to hit that next few hundred mhz's and then apply a full load to stress test the temps will go through the roof. air can only go so far. (and i still wanna know his temps at 3.6ghz with stock air cooling :-P )
    
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