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December 11, 2012 3:30:25 AM

hey guys i just wanna know if i should get watercooling or not, my setup seems legit i'm just worried for no reason and would love some tech help :p 

System Specs:

INTEL, Core™ i5-3570K Quad-Core 3.4 - 3.8GHz TB, HD Graphics 4000, LGA1155, 6MB L3 Cache, 22nm, 77W, EM64T EIST VT-x XD, Retail

ARCTIC, MX-4 All-Around Thermal Compound, Electrically Non-Conductive

ASUS, Sabertooth Z77, LGA1155, Intel® Z77, DDR3-1866 32GB /4, PCIe x16 SLI CF /1 1*, SATA 6Gb/s RAID 5 /4, 3Gb/s /4, DP HDMI, USB 3.0 /6, HDA, GbLAN, ATX, Retail

CORSAIR, 8GB (2 x 4GB) Vengeance™ Red PC3-17000 DDR3 2133MHz CL9 (9-11-10-30) 1.5V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC

EVGA, GeForce® GTX 670 Superclocked w/ Backplate 967MHz, 4GB GDDR5 6008MHz, PCIe x16 SLI, 2x DVI HDMI DP, Retail

OCZ, 240GB Vertex 3 SSD, MLC SandForce SF-2281, 550/520 MB/s, 2.5-Inch, SATA 6 Gb/s, Retail

WESTERN DIGITAL, 500GB WD Caviar® Blue™ (WD5000AAKX), SATA 6 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 16MB cache, OEM


SABRENT, CRW-UINB Black 65-in-1 Card Reader/Writer Drive, 3.5" Bay, Internal USB

SAMSUNG, Super-WriteMaster™ SH-224BB Black 24x DVD±R/RW Dual-Layer Burner, SATA, w/o Software, OEM

RAIDMAX, Raptor Black/Red Mid-Tower Case, ATX, No PSU, Steel/Plastic

CORSAIR, TX850 V2 Power Supply 850W, 80 PLUS® Bronze, 24-pin ATX12V v2.31 EPS12V 2.92, 4x 8/6-pin PCIe

December 11, 2012 5:55:22 AM

Air-cooling would be fine...you'll get lower temps with water, but it's not necessary. Up to you whether you want to spend the extra bucks on water.
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December 11, 2012 6:20:06 AM

Do you plan on overclocking past 4.4GHZ if not there are aftermarket cpu coolers that will get the job done at a much cheaper cost.Here are some recommendations CPU Cooler:Noctua NH-U9B SE2 92mm SSO CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler:COOLER MASTER RR-T812-24PK-R1 120mm Sleeve TPC 812 CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel 2011/1366/1155/1156/775 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 140mm UFB (Updraft Floating Balance) CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler:Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler:COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler:COOLER MASTER V6 GT RR-V6GT-22PK-R1 120mm DynaLoop CPU Cooler w/ Universal bracket & Dual Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


CPU Cooler:Thermaltake CLP0564 Frio Dual 120mm Universal CPU Cooler - LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA775, LGA2011, AM3, AM2+, AM2. "Received The Overclockers Tech Gold Award"
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...



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December 11, 2012 6:44:37 AM

It's your choice, air cooling should be good enough and keep some good temps. But obviously if you overclock you should start moving onto watercooling unless you get a decent cpu air cooler.
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December 11, 2012 7:40:24 AM

Really depends on your budget and if you are going to OC it alot.

Although most people will just say "go air" the advantage of a great watercooling system is huge.
For one,even if you OC mildly you will be keeping the CPU and GPU really cold which increases their lifespan.
Another cool thing is that after you get the WC system going it can last for years and years,even if you redo your system all you need is the cpu/gpu/mobo blocks and you are ready to go.
Of course WC has downsides:if you have no idea what you are doing you can blow the system off or actually getting very dissapointing results.There is the leak problem also that can damage the system and the dreaded system start even if the pump is not working.Also power consumption is higher(as I heard).

If money is not an issue i'd look into WC setups made by TW users and try to understand the concepts and risks behind it.

So to sum it all up:
-WC has great potencial in cooling but carries risks and it requires knowledge of WC components to make it work.
-Air is for 90% of people around TW enough.It is safer and easy to get going.

Lastly dont get into cheap WC systems,especially closed loop systems that cannot be upgraded.These are much more expensive than a air solution and do not preform that better,as in its a waste.
Some kits are actually good and advised for WC noobies.
Check the WC section sticky to learn more and decide for yourself.
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December 11, 2012 12:33:26 PM

I have read that sticky, i guess my primary question i was more wondering if it would be worth it, i don't plan on overclocking at least not for a little while anyways.

I have a ton of fans running in the case but i just want to make sure with my setup i don't have to invest in a watercooled system.

If i havemy rig elevated on a table should i worry about overheating since my psu has an intake from the bottom?
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December 11, 2012 12:38:09 PM

So i guess my main question is if i'm not gonna overclock the machine then i should be fine with what i have running right now.

Any suggestions on where i should place my computer in order to keep it from overheating?
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December 11, 2012 12:45:41 PM

Yeah that's right , if you're not overclocking your system then you'll be fine with everything you're running now. If you want better temperatures I'd say get a cheap after-market cpu cooler such as the Evo 212+

Also for where you should put your PC ? Somewhere well ventilated , my PC is currently on my desk where there's loads of space for ventilation. Try not to put it in a cupboard where air is restricted.

Hope I helped :) 
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December 11, 2012 12:58:40 PM

It's actually on a dedicated table right next to my 55'' monitor :) 

It is a ventilated are and there is plenty of space all around, i guess i;m just freaking out for no reason. lol

What is the Evo 212+?
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a b K Overclocking
December 11, 2012 1:00:25 PM

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    December 11, 2012 1:01:45 PM

    This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Overclocking by Mousemonkey
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