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Hey, a month or two back I mentioned I wouldn't be doing overclocks any time soon.
Well, haha, this place got me hooked, and being as my PC is out for repairs at the moment (the Rampage III extreme is fried) I'm looking for stuff to cool my Intel Core i7 950 oven.
Right now, according to reviews, my SpinQ VT should be able to keep it well cooled at 35-40 degrees, but apparently my room temperature (a chilly 15 degrees sometimes) is to blame for my temperatures reaching mid 40's or low 50's.
I've tried different cooling pastes, one being regular brandless silicone based paste, the other was a König silver paste and the best one was the Thermaltake paste that came with the cooler, but still, difference is only 2 degrees at idle and 5 degrees when I'm burning my cpu.

Also, when I'm using Intel CPU burner and set EVERYTHING to max (Including my 12gb of ram) my cpu temperature reaches up to 90 degrees and then the cpu pulls down to 50% usage.
But even then, my temperature remains 90 degrees, nothing like what I've read in the reviews.
Maybe my cooler is just faulty, I don't know, but I do know is that I want a no-nonsense water cooler JUST for my CPU.

I've had one eye on the Corsair h-50 and the other on the h-70. but I'm not quite sure what the huge difference is, apart from the thickness of the radiator and the lower profile pump - as from what I've read in the reviews, the real difference is about 2 to 3 degrees in favour of the h-70, but the h-70 seems to be louder.

So, here I am, seeking refuge with you guys again, so please, enlighten me~

inb4: CUSTOM WATERLOOPS ARE THE **** BRO!!
I just want a low-maintenance, no-nonsense thing just for the cpu for an overclock to no more than 4ghz when I want or need it.
Edited by Audiogeek - 2/9/11 at 5:44am
    
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The H50 and the H70 are decent one-piece kits. The reason most custom loops are better is because the have 240 and 360mm radiators while the corsair ones only have a 120.

It should still be enough for just a CPU loop.

If noise doesn't bother you, replace the fan(s) that come with it with 2 high static-pressure/cfm ones. That will help with temps a lot, but some fans are really noisy.

If i were buying, i'd get the H50 and replace the fans. It retails at pretty much the same price as i paid for my Megahalem a few years ago.
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Well, I do actually care quite a bit for noise, so I was already thinking of replacing the fans, really, the H-50 fans would be set in a push-pull configuration.

I have some Nexus Basic ''Real Silents'' laying around which are pretty quiet.
Being as I would like some lighting in my case, I was also thinking of shoving in two Akasa 174CR-4RDB 120mm fans. ;0
    
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2 medium speed push-pull fans should work nicely on the H50.

Just out of curiosity, what's the lowest price you've found for one?
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The H50 and the H70 are decent one-piece kits. The reason most custom loops are better is because the have 240 and 360mm radiators while the corsair ones only have a 120.

It should still be enough for just a CPU loop.

If noise doesn't bother you, replace the fan(s) that come with it with 2 high static-pressure/cfm ones. That will help with temps a lot, but some fans are really noisy.

If i were buying, i'd get the H50 and replace the fans. It retails at pretty much the same price as i paid for my Megahalem a few years ago.
I'd recommend the Meghalems or other tower style air cooler.

The radiator is only one of the numerous problems with all the Corsair Hydros, and adding a fan and shrouding will only gain a degree or two IME ( I had H50 p/p shrouded with GT-AP15s once upon a time). The simple fact is that the pump stinks, and the coolant volume is minuscule.

For the cost of getting H50+fans one can get a better tower style air-cooler.

For a 95W and sub-95W CPU, the Hydro flaws aren't that important...when you're dealing with the thermal load of 125W plus, you'll want something more capable. The only time I really recommend H50/70 is if you don't have physical space for any of the large tower HSFs.
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post #6 of 12
And here's me thinking that the H50 performed better than my Meghalem. We really need a definitive answer on this.
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The lowest price for an h-50 I found was €66.- and the h-70 was €86.-
That's included with shipping and all.

@Skripka:
What would you recommend then?
Literally every type of Tower cooler fits into my PC.

@Boyboyd:
I guess we need people who have experience with the h-50/70 on an i7. =(
    
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Meghalem and Noctura NDH-14 are 2 of the best air coolers you can get right now.
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The lowest price for an h-50 I found was €66.- and the h-70 was €86.-
That's included with shipping and all.

@Skripka:
What would you recommend then?
Literally every type of Tower cooler fits into my PC.

@Boyboyd:
I guess we need people who have experience with the h-50/70 on an i7. =(
Silver Arrow, the giant Noctua coolers, Meghalems to name a few off my under-coffee'd hand.

I sold my Hydro before I got my i7 -950 so I cannot speak from experience how badly it handles a Nehalem. Was running it on a 1055T, I was getting into not-good temps in Prime95 at only 3.6@1.42V with push/pull and shrouds.... I was unimpressed.

Proper WCing a la Rasa kit say once set up is low maintenance. However you didn't sound enthused or interested off the OP. For the cost of the H70+fans you could get a Rasa kit that out performs any of the air coolers around by a good margin....and is quieter.
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You're probably right, but being as there are not that much places from where I can get my watercooling products from (apart from paying major shipping bills) I'm very limited to what brands I can choose from.
The only things I can really choose from is either the corsair H50/70 or products from Zalman or Thermaltake, or I will have to pay quite a bit for shipping.
    
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