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Hello everyone, I was sifting through a lot of air cooling solutions and suggestions for the AMD CPU's but never really found that much on water cooling.

I will be overclocking AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE and I want to find THE BEST cooling. So far from what I understand is that Xigmatek HDT-S1283, Scythe Mugen 2 and Noctua D14 are some of the top top air cooling solutions. Also I understand that liquid cooling is generally better cooling than air to bring temperatures down.

My question is what are the top rated liquid coolers out there for AMD Phenom II CPU's?

Are the best LIQUID coolers better as a cooling solution than the best AIR coolers?

Essentially what is the BEST OF THE BEST. (money is not a factor)
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The thing is, liquid cooling comes in various packages.

You could buy something like the Corsair H50 which is a closed loop entry level liquid cooler that competes with the air coolers you mentioned.

You could get a package kit deal type of thing which is kinda like a custom liquid cooling loop but with, from what I understand, inferior, generic quality components.

And finally, you can go all out and pre select individual components (cpu block, reservoir, radiator, pump etc) and make as simple or as massive as you'd like.
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Since you say money is no object, find a way to keep your room ambients in the 55-60F range, it will make a tremendous difference in your 100% load temps no matter what components you choose. Any idea on what your summer room ambients will be?
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LOL you are suggesting I set up my build in a freezer? And play games with a jacket? lol I don't think I am that extreme, and my summer room temperatures might be bad :S

Doritos93, I have heard of the corsair H50, and it does compete with the top big boy air coolers, but I was wondering if there are closed loop liquid coolers that are better than H50?

Or do I have to go to the pro level of liquid cooling and get custom parts like you suggested to get better results than Xigmatek HDT-S1283 or Noctua D14?
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Or do I have to go to the pro level of liquid cooling and get custom parts like you suggested to get better results than Xigmatek HDT-S1283 or Noctua D14?
It would be best to make it custom. Don't worry though. If you do everything right and do multiple leak tests you should be fine. Building it is the best part too! And non pro can do it just as long as they read around and know what they are doing first.
    
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Doritos93, I have heard of the corsair H50, and it does compete with the top big boy air coolers, but I was wondering if there are closed loop liquid coolers that are better than H50?

Or do I have to go to the pro level of liquid cooling and get custom parts like you suggested to get better results than Xigmatek HDT-S1283 or Noctua D14?
TBH, I don't know too much about the H50. There is a dedicated thread in the Watercooling section of OCN. Better check that out. I do think it's top of its class though.

Is money an issue? If it isn't, drop 200-300 for some top of the line liquid cooling parts and that'll settle your temperature concerns.
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Hmmm seems like i have to learn more and go deeper into the rabbit hole, can you post the link to the dedicated thread in the Watercooling section of OCN? And any links to guides or tutorials would be much appreciated Thanx for the help guys!
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