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a b K Overclocking
January 21, 2013 12:03:30 PM

hi all

I'm really interested in getting into water cooling but i've got a restricted budget to start off with but i cam across this starter kit http://www.watercoolinguk.co.uk/p/Magicool-DIY-Watercoo... just for cpu to start with anyway,
I have two main questions 1: does this kit look like a good deal just for me a complete noob at watercooling to start with and 2: will i see it perform better than my current cooler the be quiet dark rock pro http://www.scan.co.uk/products/be-quiet!-dark-rock-pro-2-cpu-cooler-with-120mm-and-135mm-silent-wings-pwm-fans
The main reason I'm interested in water cooling is to be able to push my overclock higher, thanks for any advice all

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a c 324 K Overclocking
January 21, 2013 12:40:48 PM

Magicool makes some decent radiators, but that doesn't look like one of their better models...looks like an older, thin design. Also haven't seen a pump like that...not sure if it is a flavor of Jingway or what it is.

It's a single 120mm so unless you plan on keeping your CPU at stock speeds, you aren't going to have a lot of overclocking headroom. You'll have some, but not tons. Also, depending on your future needs (adding GPU, adding radiators) you might want to start thinking along those lines now instead of buying extra components later that you didn't need.

I'll go out on a limb and say your cooling will be a bit better, but really only load temps and overclocked load temps....Idle would be around the same with either. CPUs at stock speeds really don't benefit a whole lot from watercooling over a good air cooler unless you run them at high load for long periods of time, and even then it's a toss up. Video cards really benefit from watercooling (depending on chip/model of course) or if you are wanting to push a high CPU overclock (which isn't required...but does help control temps, especially on Ivy Bridge.)
a b K Overclocking
January 21, 2013 12:55:11 PM

Ok cool thanks I guess I'll give it a miss then and check out some better parts
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