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December 20, 2010 1:29:53 PM

I've been thinking about liquid cooling but I want to keep my current case (NZXT Hades) so I think external is the best choice. But while looking around I have seen only a few coolers, so my question to the community is what external cooling solution do you prefer/recommend?

Thanks in advance.

PS: I'm looking for AM3 > X58 but if it supports both that is even better.
a c 324 K Overclocking
December 20, 2010 1:39:26 PM

I'm guessing by 'external' you are meaning radiators mounted outside the case...a custom watercooling loop vs that of the likes of the H70, etc...?

What is your budget?

What are your cooling expectations?

What temps do you currently see? (idle/load/ambient)

What components are you wanting to include in the cooling loop?
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December 20, 2010 1:43:39 PM

This is something I'm simply thinking about, to be honest I like the idea of air cooling more because it is so much simpler. Liquid cooling has many Pros but it does have some Cons that weigh it down for me.

I would look to spend about 300-500$ on this, average temps now are with stock clocks (CPU: 34 C Load 45 C, GPU: 35 C Load 50 C, System 29 C)

I wouldn't mind spending less on an air cooling solution because I enjoy headsets (thus noise isn't much of a problem)
But again, looking for cooling solutions leaves my head spinning.
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a c 324 K Overclocking
December 20, 2010 2:19:08 PM

Well, you are in the budget range for a good liquid cooling loop, but like you said, there are other air alternatives as well for less.

Air cooler roundup:
http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm

Some WC stickies/sites to read through:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/256607-29-watercooling-read-first
http://www.overclock.net/water-cooling/226970-water-cooling-essential-threads.html
http://skinneelabs.com/

Take some time to soak up some info...there is a lot to read, but once you have some concepts under your belt, it should be simpler for you to determine what's best for you.
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December 20, 2010 3:20:19 PM

Alright, I will get to that ASAP.

I looked at the air HS on frostytech, but non of the top 10 (silent) support AM3 but that isn't horrible I can look around at the others.
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a c 324 K Overclocking
December 20, 2010 3:22:00 PM

Frostytech might not have the updated supported platforms, so it might be worth it to see if there have been updates to the HS such as an adapter plate.
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December 21, 2010 12:21:28 AM

I would recommend reading and doing research, it will pay many dividends knowing the pros and cons. You then can make an EDUCATED decision about it. Read the site rubix put up they will help you greatly!
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December 30, 2010 11:32:23 PM

Best answer selected by Sowexly.
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