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February 12, 2014 10:08:05 PM

Hey guys.

Now I'm going to be upgrading my system very soon and I have started looking into CPU water cooling.
I have my eyes on the Corsair Hydra H100i and from reading a few posts, People mention that you should get extra fans for the radiator to create push/pull set ups.

Now I am extremely noobish when it comes to water cooling and push/pull configurations.
Now I can sort of guess what a push and pull set up is (Push into the case/Pull out of case(Correct me if I am wrong) but which set up would be better?
And which fans would be perfect for the job?

Parts that will be upgraded (In order):
Case: Casecom 6788 to CoolerMaster HAF XM
CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 to AMD FX 8350
Then the Corsair H100i will be added.

Please base your answers for the upgraded parts as that is when I will be adding Water-Cooling.
All info is greatly appreciated =]

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a c 128 À AMD
February 13, 2014 2:13:44 AM

Well, I can only strongly suggest going against water cooling, as it's just overpriced and problematic. Firstly, leakages, can kill your machine and a costly thing, the pumps can be too noisy for your liking, and you have to refill/replace the liquid every 6 months or so. The fact is the Pre-built liquid coolers like the H100i don't perform any better then high performance air coolers. I'd get a Noctua NH-D14, it'll perform no different to that looped pre-built water cooler and is much quieter. +++It is much cheaper and will last longer with much less hassles.
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a b À AMD
February 13, 2014 2:20:06 AM

First of all, your understanding with Push and Pull is correct.

Second I would recommend you to consider Noctua NH-14D or NH-U14S air coolers. They are simply the best in the class and gives you very good temps.

Third if you are still into liquid cooling then proceed with H100i.

Fans: When it comes to fans I want them to be as quiet as much possible and equally perform. For this I recommend Corsair SP-120mm or Noctua series fans. They are quiet and powerful fans.

You can go with Push and Pull configuration but not necessary. Two fans with H100i are SP-120mm L are good enough. Mount them under the rad (radiator) in pull configuration and they will do the job.

Case of HAF XM is awesome when it comes to ensuring the high air flow.

CPU seems ok.

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a b À AMD
February 13, 2014 2:21:40 AM

The coolers like the H100i, arent "water" coolers, they are AIO liquid coolers.

The H100i will work fine for you straight out of the box. But if you want quieter operation, you could get the Noctua fans and run them at a slower speed in push/pull. For quietness its better to run more fans at a lower speed.
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February 13, 2014 10:18:35 AM

Okay, I've read everyone's comments and everyone is suggesting getting Noctua coolers.
So I have looked at the NH-D14.
Now I have a slight issue. Reading around about these coolers, It seems that RAM sticks with quite high heatsinks will cause a problem fitting the cooler .
Now I am using 4 Corsair Vengeance 4GB memory. I am going to assume the heatsinks on these RAM sticks are going to be too big for the NH-D14.
Would I be able to fit the cooler vertically so I could have the heat pulled out from the top of the case instead of the side?
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a b À AMD
February 13, 2014 10:21:41 AM

nate vongrimm said:
Okay, I've read everyone's comments and everyone is suggesting getting Noctua coolers.
So I have looked at the NH-D14.
Now I have a slight issue. Reading around about these coolers, It seems that RAM sticks with quite high heatsinks will cause a problem fitting the cooler .
Now I am using 4 Corsair Vengeance 4GB memory. I am going to assume the heatsinks on these RAM sticks are going to be too big for the NH-D14.
Would I be able to fit the cooler vertically so I could have the heat pulled out from the top of the case instead of the side?


Sorry dear, answer is NO. What you can do is get NH-U14S and use its fan in Pull Configuration. This model will still keep your CPU's temp under control. No issue. I'm getting it by myself.
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February 13, 2014 10:55:14 AM

Done some more looking around and I have come to the conclusion that the size of the NH-U14S is still a little too big as it still overlaps 1 RAM slot and also overlaps the PCI 2.0 x1 slot (Which I am using). So I have found the NH-U12S so I think I will be adding that to my system as it is the right size and performs fairly well.
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a b À AMD
February 13, 2014 11:07:04 AM

nate vongrimm said:
Done some more looking around and I have come to the conclusion that the size of the NH-U14S is still a little too big as it still overlaps 1 RAM slot and also overlaps the PCI 2.0 x1 slot (Which I am using). So I have found the NH-U12S so I think I will be adding that to my system as it is the right size and performs fairly well.


Which GPU and mobo are you using?
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February 13, 2014 11:17:50 AM

EasyLover said:
nate vongrimm said:
Done some more looking around and I have come to the conclusion that the size of the NH-U14S is still a little too big as it still overlaps 1 RAM slot and also overlaps the PCI 2.0 x1 slot (Which I am using). So I have found the NH-U12S so I think I will be adding that to my system as it is the right size and performs fairly well.


Which GPU and mobo are you using?


Just remembered how to reply XD

My motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-99FXA-UD3 and my GPU is a Sapphire R9 290.
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a b À AMD
February 13, 2014 11:22:11 AM

Dear this is strange to know that NH-U14S is covering up PCIe slot. Anyhow check if CM Hyper Evo can be fitted else you can stick with Noctua 12S.
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a b À AMD
February 13, 2014 11:31:22 AM

I would recommend the phanteks tc12 DX then, it specifically doesn't block ram with high heatsinks. I have one and also corsair vengeance ram. Its a brilliant cooler too.
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February 13, 2014 12:17:28 PM

I think I may stick with Noctua U12S. It has mostly good reviews and Noctua are regarded as one of the best.
I know Cooler Master are good but I'd rather get more bang for my buck.

Thanks for all the suggestions and information!
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