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Help with choosing the right liquid cooling for an i5 2500k?

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September 2, 2011 10:21:28 AM

I will overlock the i5 to more than 4.3GHz. I was thinking of buying the Antec Kuhler H20 920 Liquid Cooling System for it, to keep temperatures low.

But im also thinking of getting the Corsair H100. The case is HAF 932 Full Tower by Coolermaster.

Which one is better? Will they fit into the case?
September 2, 2011 11:35:34 AM

paliovouna said:
I will overlock the i5 to more than 4.3GHz. I was thinking of buying the Antec Kuhler H20 920 Liquid Cooling System for it, to keep temperatures low.

But im also thinking of getting the Corsair H100. The case is HAF 932 Full Tower by Coolermaster.

Which one is better? Will they fit into the case?


The h100 is better prob due the bigger radiator.

see the graph at the bottom of here

http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2182022

As for installation, I the h100 needs to be mounted at the top of the case, you may have to fiddle with the fans, but generally you will have the h100 as an exhaust.

I think some people remove the stock haf 932 fans at the top, buy 2 more 120mm fans, the same as the ones on the H100, and then have a pull/ push setup at the top of the case.

So it will be like this. 2 120MM FANS>RADIATOR>2 120MM FAN >CASE VENT

Hope it helps mate, scythe gentle typhoons are good fans to replace them with.
a c 324 K Overclocking
September 2, 2011 2:09:28 PM

You are getting into territory with that 2500k where a LCS cooler isn't going to keep it cool at those speeds. Even decent beginner watercooling kits like the XSPC Rasa need to be something like the RS360 to handle the 2500k and 2600k above 4.25ghz...and especially 4.5ghz+. You will see load temps in the mid to upper 70's as you get to these speeds.

Between the Kuhler 920 and H100, the H100 is your better bet...but I'd strongly recommend fans in push/pull...and decent fans running 1800+ RPM and good CFM.
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a c 225 K Overclocking
September 2, 2011 2:20:37 PM

^ +1
a c 324 K Overclocking
September 2, 2011 2:25:35 PM

Once you get the 2500k and 2600k's above 4.25ghz...I really recommend a XSPC Rasa RX240 or RX360 kit...even the RS has trouble keeping up with the heat those dump at those speeds...an LCS cooler would really struggle.

You need some fantastic case airflow to use air cooling or an LCS cooler with that setup, or a good water loop...or minimum of a Rasa RX kit.
May 11, 2012 4:45:00 AM

Why don't any of the new kits have reservoirs? Isn't much better for cooler to have a longer track, more fluid etc? Also, If I got the H100, could I put in a reservoir?
a c 150 K Overclocking
May 11, 2012 4:52:19 AM

They do have reservoirs, it is a combo pump/res.
a c 324 K Overclocking
May 14, 2012 2:07:26 PM

Closing thread- comments made on 10+ months since last posts.
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