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September 15, 2013 6:46:56 AM

Hey Guys!
Im planning for a 4,5ghz overclock for my Intel i7 2700K.
My current Cooler is a Zalman CNPS7X.

Now, i wonder should i upgrade to a expensive Air Cooler:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or a cheap Water Cooler:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So what benefits is there between these 2 Coolers?
Also i will be moving around my computer pretty much.
Thanks!

Other specs:
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred
Motherboard: Asus p8z77-v LX
Cpu: Intel i7 2700K
Gpu: 2x MSI Gtx 660 Non ti
Ram: 8Gb 1600Mhz DDr3
Psu: Nexus RX-1K 1000W
September 15, 2013 6:56:56 AM

that water cooler wouldn't suffer the disadvantages of larger cooling block/radiator systems, so the fact it's moving around wouldn't matter. From there decide what is the best cooling option, my friend has the antec h20 and has 5.2ghz (sometimes unstable so 5.0ghz stable).
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September 15, 2013 7:05:39 AM

Well the Noctua Air Cooler weight is 1,2kg,
could i still move it around without being afraid of motherboard ripping apart :D ?
And the airflow would be better whit water cooler.
But i also read you should not move around a watercooling system to much
because of air bubbles getting into the pump.

The Cooling efficiency is about the same for these 2 Coolers.
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September 15, 2013 8:01:10 AM

The 92mm fan on your current cooler will be noisy, and not very effective.

If budget is an issue, you could replace it with a cm hyper212 for about $30.
That will be quieter and give you better cooling. It should be sufficient for your overclock.

The NH-D14 is as good as it gets, and is very quiet. But, if you regularly transport your case, then it is perhaps not that suitable.

A similarly priced NH-U14S would be a good pick. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I do not like liquid cooling unless required to fit the case. They are noisy, less reliable, and do not cool any better than an air cooler.
There are too many tales of woe when a liquid cooler leaks destroying important parts. Do some googling on liquid cooler leaks.
https://www.google.com/search?q=liquid+cooler+leaks&tbm...
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September 15, 2013 8:18:01 AM

Those pictures are sure nasty :D . But they also talk about Antec 620 being a closed loop witch shouldent leak?.

I would also get a Noctua fan for the Antec Cooler witch should decrease the noise abit.

The Noctua NH-U14S would actually fit my needs, wouldent be to heavy and not as big as NH-D14 so the airflow would be good.

Still im not sure what to buy. What about the bigger Water cooling kits because my budget reaches to 100$.
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a c 235 K Overclocking
September 15, 2013 9:36:00 AM

Failierfox said:
Im planning for a 4,5ghz overclock for my Intel i7 2700K.


Since you intend to overclock your 2700K to 4500mhz I have an alternate suggestion for you.

Consider the Thermalright MUX-120 it will fit your 1155 socket as 1156 is the same, but consider changing the stock fan and replacing it with 2 Scythe Slipstream 1900rpm 110cfm fans (the MUX-120 comes with 4 fan mounting clips), for maximum cooling performance.

Also comes with a motherboard back plate to strengthen it for moving it around, and should be problem free clearing your memory modules.

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=46_557_778&products_id=26904

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=36_1130_49_1043&products_id=28613

An alternate suggestion.

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a c 124 K Overclocking
September 15, 2013 10:05:31 AM

Failierfox said:
Those pictures are sure nasty :D . But they also talk about Antec 620 being a closed loop witch shouldent leak?.

I would also get a Noctua fan for the Antec Cooler witch should decrease the noise abit.

The Noctua NH-U14S would actually fit my needs, wouldent be to heavy and not as big as NH-D14 so the airflow would be good.

Still im not sure what to buy. What about the bigger Water cooling kits because my budget reaches to 100$.


"Shouldn't " is the operative caveat. even closed loop coolers like the $100 H100 can leak. google "H100 leak"
I am certain that if doesn't happen much, but if you will be moving your pc, that is a compelling reason to avoid liquid cooling.
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September 15, 2013 10:24:13 AM

The Thermaltake Cooler feels like its from the low price end, thought it performances well in benchmarks.

Yeah you'r right there is leaks, those kits are somehow new and they probably haven't made them perfect yet.
Now im focusing on air cooling and really like the Noctua NH-U14S.
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