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March 21, 2013 8:54:51 PM

Is it ok to buy a refurbished h100. I am a teen and I do not have so much money. Tell me honestly or recommend a different water cooler for under $100.

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a b K Overclocking
March 21, 2013 9:04:39 PM

What do you intend to do with it? Are you overclocking a CPU to an extreme or something like that?

If you're not overclocking, then there is no need for such an expensive cooler.

I'm not sure if a refurbished H100 is even worth $100. That seems rather similar to its price when new.
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March 21, 2013 9:08:11 PM

I'm going to overclock an i7 3770k. The refurbished one is $30 cheaper and since im still a teen, I don't have that much more money. The MAX that I can spend is $100 no more.
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a b K Overclocking
March 21, 2013 9:10:50 PM

No need for such an expensive cooler for the i7-3770K. It won't let you overclock it much better than even a much cheaper cooler such as a Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme or if you must stick with water cooling, say a Zalman LQ320 or such.

I'm not a water cooling expert, so maybe there are even better water coolers at decent prices that I'm not aware of. I can say with decent certainty that water cooling doesn't cool better than oftentimes much cheaper high-end air cooling unless you make a good custom loop.
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a b K Overclocking
March 21, 2013 9:22:47 PM

WeedyBiscuit said:
I'm going to overclock an i7 3770k. The refurbished one is $30 cheaper and since im still a teen, I don't have that much more money. The MAX that I can spend is $100 no more.


Have you already bought the i7? I know how hard money is when you're young, and I figured I'd let you know that when you're gaming, there's no difference between the i7 and an i5 for $100 less. (Games can't / don't use hyperthreading, which is the only difference between the two chips.)

That being said, what sort of overclocking are you looking to do? There's virtually no scenario where I'd recommend a closed loop water cooler except in something as extreme as a Falcon Tiki.

Buy yourself a Hyper 212+ and an aftermarket fan - I like Corsair's. You'll be able to hit a 4.4-4.6 GHz overclock easily, depending on the roll of the chip you got.
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March 21, 2013 9:42:43 PM

My neighbor works for intel so I got employee store access. I paid $105 for a 3770k. Although I love the advice, no one has answered my initial question of if it is safe to buy a refurbished h100 rather than a new one. Will there be any difference?
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a b K Overclocking
March 21, 2013 9:45:04 PM

The difference is that someone used it and returned it. It might be defective, it might be fine. We can't guarantee that a refurb unit has as good of a chance of working properly as a new one. If it works, then it should be like new. If it doesn't work... Let's just hope it doesn't get the rest of your system wet ;) 
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a b K Overclocking
March 21, 2013 9:49:37 PM

WeedyBiscuit said:
My neighbor works for intel so I got employee store access. I paid $105 for a 3770k. Although I love the advice, no one has answered my initial question of if it is safe to buy a refurbished h100 rather than a new one. Will there be any difference?


* Whistles.* I want that kind of a deal!

That being said, it's as safe as any other refurb - it might be in perfect condition, it might be about to die. You can't tell.
(And again, the H100 is a bad pick anyway; there are cheaper options that cool better, even factoring in the refurb price.)
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a b K Overclocking
March 21, 2013 9:51:38 PM

There WILL be the risk of it not working. Spending 100 dollars for the H100 for you is a waste of cash. It's better spent saved for a new GPU.

There's no reason for you to even overclock very heavily if you're only using 1 GPU too.

Buy this heatsink, it's more than enough for you:

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-2...
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