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post #1 of 13
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Hello,
Im debating between a silver arrow or a water setup. I want opponions on if its worth the extra money and hassle. I can get a SA for $80 or Im eyeing up a water setup with an Apogee XT block, Black Ice GTX Extreme 120 radiator and
a DDC Pump & XSPC resivor for $120+ a couple fans, so about $150. I Know i can probably get better temps from the water, but is it worth 2x the price and the hassle of setting up and maintaining? Also space in my Gladiator 600 would be tight for either, but do-able I think.

Ill have a 2500k and asus p67pro as soon as they're available. I'd like to OC as much as possible on reasonable voltage.

Im asking this in the air forum cause I figure the water guys would say just go h20 but I dont want too much maintenance with my computer once its up and running and unless there's a worthy performance gain and the extra $80 isnt irrelevant to me.

So, what should i do?
Edited by MCImes - 3/4/11 at 11:55pm
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post #2 of 13
I was in the same situation, and ended up picking the Silver Arrow.
Since you plan to keep your voltages low, you have no reason to go with H2O since a good heatsink will keep the temperatures at a comfortable level.
post #3 of 13
^+1, Water is more hastle than its worth, I would only WC if i had alot of money to create a high end loop
Better off with the silver arrow with some deecent fans biggrin.gif
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post #4 of 13
i5 2500k isn't limited by temperature. You'll do very well with the Silver Arrow.

WC is up to you, personally I have a hard enough time trying to get my rig to work exactly as I want it without the hassle of tubes in my case.
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post #5 of 13
I would choose H60 instead of silver arrow
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post #6 of 13
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So thats a resounding Air vote.

So silver arrow or H50/70?
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post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by snowful;12618039 
I would choose H60 instead of silver arrow

No, the h60 doesn't even come close to the silver arrow. Coolers like the corsair h50/60/70 are ripoff's for the price you pay as far as performance goes.

@OP don't go water cooling for sandy bridge, trust me. Your chip will probably max out before you run into heat issues. I have used water cooling and air cooling on my 2500k and air cooling runs about 3-5c hotter than my full loop, at 4.6ghz w/ 1.332v.
     
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post #8 of 13
^ This.
I would pick the Silver Arrow, it yields similar temps, is more reliable, and you won't have to worry about leaks.
The only cons would be - size & fan noise
post #9 of 13
I use silver arrow for my 2600k and realtemp show 98C in prime95 test (5.3 Ghz @ 1.56v)
The temp rise to maximum in just 10 seconds
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post #10 of 13
Air is cheaper and less maintenance. Sandy bridge chips are not limited by heat so water cooling isn't "necessary".
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