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Custom Water Cooling CPU Loop or New Monitor?

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December 13, 2013 12:46:47 AM

Basically I'm looking into one of two upgrades to do to my PC.

Specs:
FX8320 @ 4.5Ghz
Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 Rev 3.0
8 GB 2133 RAM
MSI GTX780
Corsair CX750
500GB Hybrid Drive
1TB WD Black Drive
Cooler Master Hyper 212+
Corsair Carbide 400R
Windows 7

Basically I'm Looking at these water cooling kits:

http://www.ekwb.com/shop/kits-cases/kits/ek-kit-h3o-240...

http://www.ekwb.com/shop/kits-cases/kits/ek-kit-l240.ht...

I'm also looking at this monitor:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks for looking :3

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December 13, 2013 5:07:22 AM

What temps are you seeing under load with the 212?
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December 13, 2013 6:26:26 AM

at load I'm getting around 50c-55c idle I'm getting 20c-25c
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December 13, 2013 6:26:56 AM

also sorry for the late reply, fell asleep after I posted this.
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December 13, 2013 6:38:45 AM

If it was me, I'd go for the monitor. Your temps are fine for that cpu and the added complexity and possibility of leaks of an open loop would make that option a non-starter for me. Once you got the loop up and running, I don't think you'd see more than 5* difference, but then again, that's just my guesstimate.

Unless you are planning to be gaming/folding 24/7, I personally don't think the w/c would be a worthwhile upgrade. If you feel your temps are getting too high, I'd look at a Noctua cooler (about 1/3 the price of w/c) with a couple of high flow fans. Even a second fan on the 212 would give you another 2-3*.

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December 13, 2013 7:05:23 AM

Right now I have 2 fans on my hyper 212+, I mostly game on the system while live streaming. I figured I might be able to achieve 5Ghz on my 8320 if I went with a custom loop. Would I see that much of a performance difference if I did go up .5Mhz?
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December 13, 2013 7:11:25 AM

Here is a picture of some basic programs I use to monitor my temps and such, its at idle at the moment. If you wanted I can open prime 95 and take a picture of it at load. http://i.imgur.com/B68MQAr.png
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December 13, 2013 7:22:00 AM

Running prime 95 small FFTs for 10 mins http://i.imgur.com/7aJX1CI.png . it also does this weird thing where it goes to 2.9 then back to 4.5 while at full load on prime, c1e is disabled same with CnQ. http://i.imgur.com/rlhRtvo.png Not sure what the issue is there everything that could possibly do this is off.
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December 14, 2013 4:39:54 AM

I'm not a big gamer, so asking me if the .5 bump would make a noticeable difference is kinda out of my wheelhouse. That said, I run my 2500k at 4g constant, and have bumped it to 4.4/5 on occasion just to see if I could. Running the usual array of benchmarks, the differences were really undetectable by my untrained eye - I could see the difference in the "numbers", but my eye saw nothing that I could call "WOW".

I sure the gamers on here will take me to task for that kind of blasphemy, but I try to keep my rig simple, yet quick enough to do whatever I need. I prefer to have a good screen to watch, rather than wondering if I can squeeze another .1 out of the cpu.

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December 14, 2013 7:35:17 AM

alright thanks for the help, Ill go for the monitor and grab a watercooling kit when I get a new processor ^^
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December 15, 2013 4:15:22 AM

You are most welcome.
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