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post #1 of 11
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I was going to get an Iwaki-30 WC build for the 980x I was going to buy.

But seeing as how 2600k is cheaper and faster, I changed my choice.

Question is - should I still watercool it? It already gets to 5.0Ghz on air.

How high can water be?
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post #2 of 11
I don't think there's much point with the 95W Sandy 1155 thus far. You'll run into suicide voltages LONG before you reach dangerous temps.
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post #3 of 11
Probably not much higher, but certainly cooler is always better. My suspicion is that a chip running at 45C full load will outlast an identical chip at 75C, so I say blub blub blub... I ordered a EK Supreme HF waterblock for my 2600K.
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post #4 of 11
I've been watercooling for the past 3 years and all I can say is that I will never go back to air cooling. While Sandy Bridge is much cooler and overclocks fairly high on air, the mere fact that I can run my fans at 7v or lower, add my video card to the loop, and still have lower temperatures than any high-end heatsink is why I stay with H²O.
post #5 of 11
I'm gonna upgrade to the 2600k soon, and will keep my WC just because it's too much work to remove it.
    
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post #6 of 11
2600k isn't better then the 980x
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post #7 of 11
Well, if you already got a waterblock for it then watercool it. But if you don't then I'd would just go air unless you hate the sound of fans whizzing in your ears. I already have a waterblock and only needed to buy an 1156 backplate for mounting that cost me $9.99. But if I would've went the route of getting a good fan it would've cost me $50-$80 which is pretty much the price of a new waterblock. If you don't have a pre-existing water setup i.e. radiator/pump/reservoir/tubing/clamps/blocks it'd be cheaper to just get an aftermarket HSF as it has been proven that Sandy can get up to 5.0 on air.
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post #8 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Johnny Guitar View Post
2600k isn't better then the 980x
Yeah, it is. No, not for a program that uses 6 cores, but so what?

Its gaming performance is far higher, and all at stock.

Since I need the CPU power for my photography, I wanted to get an SR-2 with two X5650's.

That would cost 2,600$. And the X5650's wouldn't get above 4.5Ghz.

Now this 2600k build costs me under 500$ and I can do 5.0Ghz 24/7.
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post #9 of 11
if youre going to be gaming the i5-2500k wouldve been a better choice. games dont really benefit from HT and since the 2600k has a 100mhz clock difference is why it received better scores in some games.
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post #10 of 11
If you don't want to spend a lot of money on water cooling just pick up an NH-D14.
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