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I read a few places that the sandy bridge cpu's run rather cool. I plan on doing some mild over clocking. My question is this.

Is it worth the 450 dollars in wc parts for my cpu and gpus or should I go with something like the H70. Is water-cooling worth the trouble of maintaining it? I am just worried that I will set it up wrong.
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Personally, I wouldn't spend $$$ on a hardcore WC'ing loop for SB since they run cool.
You could get by with a H50/H70.
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Yep, according to Anand you can hit 4.4GHz on the stock cooler, so a H50/70 will have no issues.

If you want to go full custom WC, have a look at the Rasa kits. The RS240 kit is $130, only a bit more than the H70 and contains everything you need except the coolant (distilled water from grocery store, $2) and some biocide (PT Nuke or KillCoil, <$10).

Water cooling isn't really all that hard to set up, if you built your computer you should have no problems. As for maintenance, if you set it up right and use the ditilled + biocide then you don't really need to touch it for pretty much 2 years, other than blowing some air through the rad fins to get rid of dust (same as an air cooler).

Water cooling will give you great temperatures, quiet operation and a new (and often expensive) hobby...
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Personally, I wouldn't spend $$$ on a hardcore WC'ing loop for SB since they run cool.
You could get by with a H50/H70.
Thanks any one else feel free to give you opinion.

I have been having a battle in my head trying to figure out if I should or shouldnt wc. I might just save the money for ivy bridge build and wc that.
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I might just save the money for ivy bridge build and wc that.
Chances are that the CPU block that you buy now will fit on Ivy Bridge, even if not you can expect some mounting plates to come along very quickly for most current blocks. So it is not as if you are wasting money by WC'ing now, just think of it as an investment
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Chances are that the CPU block that you buy now will fit on Ivy Bridge, even if not you can expect some mounting plates to come along very quickly for most current blocks. So it is not as if you are wasting money by WC'ing now, just think of it as an investment
Thats true. Can you help me with another question... I all ready ordered my wc parts. What else will I need?

Will I need Plugs or 45 degree adaptors?

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Are these the correct parts for linking two 580's to the loop?

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I think you can do 4.5 on air with a good aftermarket, but you'll need water for more.

I hit 80c with the factory cooler at only 3.8.

I'm currently running 4.8 at 1.392vcore 24/7. With a quad rad, I'm hitting mid 60s with 21c ambients.

It runs hotter than my Q6600 did, not sure why everyone says they run cool?
    
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Thanks Martin, read your post on fans. Good stuff. Any advice on my parts. Everything look good? +Rep
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