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is water cooling better than air ??

do i have to apply thermal paste in the water cooling
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  1. The thermal paste creates a better heat transfer between the cpu and heat sink. It doesn't matter if the heat sink is water cooled or air cooled - you still need thermal paste.
  2. ss202sl said:
    The thermal paste creates a better heat transfer between the cpu and heat sink. It doesn't matter if the heat sink is water cooled or air cooled - you still need thermal paste.


    oky then whats better air or water
  3. Best answer
    Water has better potential to cool, but costs more and you have to flush the system once a year or so if it's a custom system. You can avoid this if it's a closed loop system like the h80.
  4. japps2 said:
    Water has better potential to cool, but costs more and you have to flush the system once a year or so if it's a custom system. You can avoid this if it's a closed loop system like the h80.


    i was intending to buy the h80i does it has a closed loop to

    what is that
    i7-3770k @ 4.2GHz, ASUS Sabertooth Z77, 16gb DDR3-1600, EVGA GTX 770 sc

    and if it is your build does mine show up to??
  5. That's his build. If you want yours to show you have to type it in in 'manage my profile'.

    Air cooling is cheaper and effective. Water cooling is the best but the most complicated and expensive. Closed loop systems are the middle ground, relatively inexpensive and yield better temps than air cooling.
  6. thanks
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