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Should i get liquid cooling??

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December 13, 2010 7:49:49 PM

i'm good with computer so i think liquid cooling should be easy enough, but will it help me OC much more than air. if not, do you know any extremely good air coolers.

and which is better the
-NZXT phantom
or
-corsair obsidian 800D
for cooling + good mobo (needs usb 3.0 and sata 3)
i want 4GHz- 4.4GHz (depending on how lucky i am with the CPU i get) (i7 950)

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a c 155 K Overclocking
December 13, 2010 8:19:05 PM

With the i7's, you should have no problem doing > 4 Ghz w/ plain ole air cooling. If it fails, it's generally not heat which is the limiting factor.
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a c 330 K Overclocking
December 13, 2010 8:24:14 PM

^Correct. Almost all overclocking failures are either due to user error (the vast majority) or hardware and config limitations. Very, very rarely is heat the issue.
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December 13, 2010 10:59:08 PM

i was in the exact same situation with you a few months ago
water cooling is almost always not the best option because of the risks and maintenance
in the end, i remained on air and bought a new cooler, got my i7 920 at 4.2 Ghz no problems at all
if you want a high end air cooler, here are some suggestions:
promalitech megahalems
noctua something 14 (DH-14 or something) - this things huge
thermalright TRUE
run any of these in push/pull and it'll get you to 4 Ghz no problems
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a c 330 K Overclocking
December 14, 2010 1:05:40 PM

Watercooling only poses risks if you don't know what you are doing, don't do research, don't setup/install correctly or just use poor components.

Please use a little judgement before making a blanket statement such as this...especially when it's obvious you aren't familiar with what it entails.

The best option isn't always the same for everyone, so you really have no basis to say what is or isn't good for someone that isn't yourself...that's like saying someone shouldn't buy a Mercedes Benz because it isn't necessary, the maintenance costs too much and the car is priced higher than a 12 year old Honda Civic. If someone has the means, desire and ability, your opinion really doesn't matter.
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December 14, 2010 11:30:22 PM

rubix_1011 said:
Watercooling only poses risks if you don't know what you are doing, don't do research, don't setup/install correctly or just use poor components.

Please use a little judgement before making a blanket statement such as this...especially when it's obvious you aren't familiar with what it entails.

The best option isn't always the same for everyone, so you really have no basis to say what is or isn't good for someone that isn't yourself...that's like saying someone shouldn't buy a Mercedes Benz because it isn't necessary, the maintenance costs too much and the car is priced higher than a 12 year old Honda Civic. If someone has the means, desire and ability, your opinion really doesn't matter.

i don't want to start a flame war here but as you can see, the thread's topic is "should i get water cooling"
i'm only giving my opinion to give an answer to the topic
in fact, all answers are opinions, the answer that you just gave WAS in fact an opinion
it's up to the guy asking the question to make his decision through the answers that he recieves
i did do my research when i was thinking about water cooling and seeing that the setup i desired costed $300 and had the risk of leaking (as all watercooling setups do, no matter well put together or not), even if it was tiny, i decided to stick with air cooling
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December 15, 2010 11:43:38 AM

ill just stick with high quality air. thanks!!
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a c 330 K Overclocking
December 15, 2010 1:16:58 PM

Quote:
i don't want to start a flame war here but as you can see, the thread's topic is "should i get water cooling"
i'm only giving my opinion to give an answer to the topic


Quite true, I agree...didn't mean to come off as hostile in any way...sorry about that.
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December 15, 2010 3:46:31 PM

oop sorry bout that i was just in a horrible mood last night
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a c 330 K Overclocking
December 15, 2010 3:59:05 PM

Yeah, yesterday was a crap day at work, too. My apologies. :) 
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