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Hey all, as i've read lots of reviews about the matter, I can conclude that water cooling is definetly better than air. But I want more precise info in my case.

Would it be better for me to get Thermaltake's water cooling system:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106108&cm_re=water_cooling-_-35-106-108-_-Product

or Noctua's NH-D14:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018&Tpk=nh-d14

The water cooling kit is 40bucks more expensive but I don't mind that if it's better value. I'm a silent PC fan so +1 for the water but what about temps?
I have never used a water cooling kit before; do we need to change the liquid regularly? (that would be a pain..) Are there any probable technical failures that could happen with that water cooling system?
I also like the tubes design from the thermaltake, would look awesome from the window case. Yes, I intend to overclock the CPU.
And most importantly, is the water cooling system i've listed of good quality?

Here's my future rig:

- HAF X
- SandyBridge i7-2600K
- Some 1155 MoBo
- OCZ Platinum XTE 3 x 2GB 1600 DDR3 6-8-6-24
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post #2 of 11
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Originally Posted by Lutsk92;11929552 
Hey all, as i've read lots of reviews about the matter, I can conclude that water cooling is definetly better than air. But I want more precise info in my case.

Would it be better for me to get Thermaltake's water cooling system:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106108&cm_re=water_cooling-_-35-106-108-_-Product

or Noctua's NH-D14:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018&Tpk=nh-d14

The water cooling kit is 40bucks more expensive but I don't mind that if it's better value. I'm a silent PC fan so +1 for the water but what about temps?
I have never used a water cooling kit before; do we need to change the liquid regularly? (that would be a pain..) Are there any probable technical failures that could happen with that water cooling system?
I also like the tubes design from the thermaltake, would look awesome from the window case. Yes, I intend to overclock the CPU.
And most importantly, is the water cooling system i've listed of good quality?

Here's my future rig:

- HAF X
- SandyBridge i7-2600K
- Some 1155 MoBo
- OCZ Platinum XTE 3 x 2GB 1600 DDR3 6-8-6-24
- EVGA GTX 580
- OCZ Vertex 2 SSD 120GB
- Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB HDD
- Kingwin PSU Gold 850w or 1000w

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE don't buy that watercooling kit. It is horrible and I am sure most people here will agree.

The best watercooling kit for your money is the Rasa 750 rs360 kit.

However, the nh-d14 cooler is an amazing air cooler. Check my build log in my sig below to see the difference I got in temps going from an nh-d14 to the rasa rx360 kit. Only a 5c~ change at load on average.
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post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by Lutsk92;11929552 
Hey all, as i've read lots of reviews about the matter, I can conclude that water cooling is definetly better than air. But I want more precise info in my case.

Would it be better for me to get Thermaltake's water cooling system:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106108&cm_re=water_cooling-_-35-106-108-_-Product

or Noctua's NH-D14:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018&Tpk=nh-d14

DO NOT get any Thermaltake water cooling product, evarrrr!!! Either build your own loop or go with a NH-D14, Silver Arrow, or Archon.
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Originally Posted by Lutsk92;11929552 
The water cooling kit is 40bucks more expensive but I don't mind that if it's better value. I'm a silent PC fan so +1 for the water but what about temps?
I have never used a water cooling kit before; do we need to change the liquid regularly? (that would be a pain..) Are there any probable technical failures that could happen with that water cooling system?

- If you want silence you need to go with high end air + 120mm+ fans running at 800rpms or less, or you will have to shell out pretty big bucks for a custom loop with a high quality silent pump and low speed fans

- If the water gets funky you will need to change the water

- Water cooling is fairly safe if you do a proper 24 hour leak test, however no matter what you do you could still have a leak
post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by PulkPull;11929720 
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE don't buy that watercooling kit. It is horrible and I am sure most people here will agree.

The best watercooling kit for your money is the Rasa 750 rs360 kit.

However, the nh-d14 cooler is an amazing air cooler. Check my build log in my sig below to see the difference I got in temps going from an nh-d14 to the rasa rx360 kit. Only a 5c~ change at load on average.

5c down or up? Lol. Checked out ure thread, looks AWESOME, is that one of the best water cooling systems out there? Definetly would get one of those..
So far, do u prefer ure rasa rx360 to the NH-D14? If Noctua is that noisy as u say at 4GHz from i7-950 then I think ill go water.. Is it hard to install? ive never built pcs before.

thx u 2
post #5 of 11
It is definitely harder to install than the DH-14 but it is worth it..
As for the performance, don't expect it to compete with a full blown custom loop, but for half the price, it performs admirably..worth every penny.
EDIT: 5C below the DH14 load temps
Edited by BeDuckie - 1/7/11 at 5:19pm
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Originally Posted by Lutsk92;11930243 
5c down or up? Lol. Checked out ure thread, looks AWESOME, is that one of the best water cooling systems out there? Definetly would get one of those..
So far, do u prefer ure rasa rx360 to the NH-D14? If Noctua is that noisy as u say at 4GHz from i7-950 then I think ill go water.. Is it hard to install? ive never built pcs before.

thx u 2

It was a 5c~ change for the better (lower). The nh-d14 is a beast of a cooler. I would not have even dreamed of water cooling just the CPU as the nh-d14 was that good. But the heat/noise of the 2 6870s forced me into watercooling. I was already buying the loop for those 2 cards and decided to go ahead and watercool the cpu as well. It was only an extra 40~ bucks to include the cpu block with my 6870 cf loop, otherwise I was perfectly happy with the nh-d14.
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Regardless, an i7 2600k will run very cool, as it is a 32nm process. I would go with water if I were you because of the noise, but with this cpu, air will do fine too.
    
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Originally Posted by snelan;11930499 
Regardless, an i7 2600k will run very cool, as it is a 32nm process. I would go with water if I were you because of the noise, but with this cpu, air will do fine too.

The NMs of a chip has little to do with the temps. My i7 950, a 45nm chip, runs 20c~ higher in temps than my e6600 did. The e6600 is a 65nm chip. I was at 3.4mhz on my e6600 and I am at 4ghz on my i7.
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Did not buy anything from thermaltake. I have a cracked block sitting here to prove it. There kit sucks, even if you take all the flex connectors off that just kink in the first place and replace it with just tube its still horrible. They wouldn't warranty it and barely spoke English. Don't make the same mistake I did.
    
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OP. thats perfect! I give you a idea of my beautiful massive rig-

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A picture is worth a thousand words. biggrin.gif

I had experienced with H50, and H20, then NH-D14 is an very amazing air cooler, it never bring me down since 2010!

Otherwise, PulkPull's recommended Rasa 750 rs-kit. watercooler will give you a big headache if you have to take it down for cleaning or whatever. Plus you have to clean the dust out of radatior every month or two months. Good luck! wink.gif

WC is High maintenance.

AC is Low maintenance.
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