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February 12, 2014 6:30:59 AM

Hi I'm getting a new build this year and I plan to get a water cooler for my i5-4670K under $70.

Here's my build:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2RULH

I'm open to any brand that you'd suggest :D 

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February 12, 2014 6:46:03 AM

A Corsair H60 comes in around $60. There are reasons other than cooling capability for getting a self-contained liquid cooler and those would be why I would choose something as this. The self-contained liquid coolers perform as well as mid to high-end air coolers, but offer the advantages of not blocking RAM slots, easier upgrades by keeping the bulk of the cooling away from the motherboard, and in my opinion a nicer look to the system.

$20 more for an H80 might give you a better solution because it gives a little better cooling through a thicker radiator.

For the most part, even the best units' cooling capabilities are on par with the best air coolers, so don't expect a massive overclock.
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February 12, 2014 6:55:30 AM

Like ubercake said, the Corsair H60 and H80 are good options. However, Cooler Master Seidon 2 (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-r...) is a 240mm radiator. That means you can put up to 120mm fans on it in a push pull configuration, and it has almost twice the surface area of the H60 or H80 and will provide better cooling capacity.

It's 10% off and a $25 rebate on Newegg right now, so if you act fast, you can take advantage of an awesome deal.
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February 14, 2014 2:44:30 AM

i've also seen some forums like this. but how come some say that air coolers are better than water coolers?
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February 14, 2014 2:58:25 AM

jabuscus said:
i've also seen some forums like this. but how come some say that air coolers are better than water coolers?


pros and cons to both sides. Water cooling runs the risk of causing a leak and getting components soggy, whilst air cooling doesn't. Water cooling is a cleaner, quieter solution that doesn't put weight on your mobo, air cooling does. Comes down to personal preference and price point, but you know what system was used to achieve the highest overclock ever? Liquid nitrogen water cooling (i think liquid nitrogen)
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February 14, 2014 3:18:25 AM

In3rt1a said:
jabuscus said:
i've also seen some forums like this. but how come some say that air coolers are better than water coolers?


pros and cons to both sides. Water cooling runs the risk of causing a leak and getting components soggy, whilst air cooling doesn't. Water cooling is a cleaner, quieter solution that doesn't put weight on your mobo, air cooling does. Comes down to personal preference and price point, but you know what system was used to achieve the highest overclock ever? Liquid nitrogen water cooling (i think liquid nitrogen)

so what's better, water cooling or air cooling?
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February 14, 2014 4:20:03 AM

A custom water-cooling setup is the best.

Good self-contained water cooling units are as good as the best air coolers and offer the advantages I've already listed plus there's no maintenance compared to custom water loops.

The best air coolers offer performance, but can block RAM slots and occupy a lot of space over the motherboard and in my opinion make it a little harder to work around the system.

I prefer the self-contained liquid units because, and again in my opinion, they offer a cleaner look over the motherboard. I'd rather look at the motherboard's components than a giant hunk of metal through the window of a case.
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February 16, 2014 2:47:13 AM

so among your suggestions, which one is better? Cooler Master Seidon 2 or Corsair H60/H80?
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February 16, 2014 6:14:56 AM

It depends on price where you live too->has to do with the price.
The next is a good choice too,
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-r...

With the H60 make sure that it's the "2013" edition,
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-cpu-cooler-h60cw90...
it has that grey fan with it.

Since you're looking under $70 imo it's either one of those i linked.The others are more expensive.
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