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Will I Need Watercooling If I Don't Plan On Overclocking?

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February 4, 2013 11:45:52 PM

First things first, i am NOT going to overclock anything. Second of all, i've had this computer for ~4 months now.

Computer as it is now:

Corsair HX850
Intel Core i5-3570K
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 FTW+ w/Backplate 4GB
ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000)
Samsung 830 Series 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC SSD
Western Digital WD Black1TB 7200 RPM HDD
Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS 24X DVD Burner
1 200mm Case fan
1 140mm CPU Fan
3 120mm Case fan

Planning to add:

Another EVGA GeForce GTX 680 FTW+ w/Backplate 4GB for SLI
An Asus Xonar Essence STX Sound Card
1 more 140mm Case fan
1 more 140mm CPU Fan
1 more 200mm Case fan

Will i require watercooling, or will the fans suffice? Remember i don't plan on overclocking anything.

Right now my CPU is ~34 degrees with only a few programs running like Steam, but nothing intensive at all. The CPU fan is
at 100%.

Right now the GPU is at ~29 degrees with the fan at 40%.

If you need any more information from me that i have overlooked please ask. Thank you for any help :) .
a c 340 K Overclocking
February 5, 2013 12:03:54 AM

Will i require watercooling, or will the fans suffice? Remember i don't plan on overclocking anything. No

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February 5, 2013 3:58:59 AM

No what? No the fans won't suffice, or no i won't require watercooling??
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a b K Overclocking
February 5, 2013 4:19:24 AM

You'll be fine w/o watercooling. Just make sure you have a positive pressure fan system setup. This means that you have more input airflow than output. This will ensure your graphics cards are taking in cool air. If your case has bottom and side fans, make them intake as well as the front fan. Make the rear and top fan Output. This should work very well for your setup.

Make sure that your cables don't interrupt airflow as well.
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a c 340 K Overclocking
February 5, 2013 8:44:35 AM

won't require watercooling
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a c 231 K Overclocking
February 5, 2013 10:37:18 AM

thor220 said:
You'll be fine w/o watercooling. Just make sure you have a positive pressure fan system setup. This means that you have more input airflow than output. This will ensure your graphics cards are taking in cool air. If your case has bottom and side fans, make them intake as well as the front fan. Make the rear and top fan Output. This should work very well for your setup.

Make sure that your cables don't interrupt airflow as well.


@thor220: Fine without water cooling Yes, regarding your positive case pressure suggestion No!

@Point Man

The only advantage of positive case pressure is low dust accumulation but it's cooling performance suffers tremendously as heat is trapped inside the case.

Negative case pressure is the absolutely best cooling performance setup!

http://www.xoxide.com/computer-cooling.html

http://www.techspot.com/community/topics/effective-air-cooling-guide-part-ii-myths-old-rituals-and-analysis.180883/

No matter what CPU or GPU cooling solution you use, it absolutely has to get the coolest fresh air possible to do it's job.


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September 17, 2013 4:06:02 AM

You won't need watercooling if you DO plan on overclocking.... Lol
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September 17, 2013 4:23:21 AM

Pick a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, it's 30 bucks and it's all you'll ever need. Overall, NO, you don't need water cooling.
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a c 81 K Overclocking
September 17, 2013 10:38:56 AM

If you don't plan on overclocking, why did you spend the extra money on an unlocked processor and a Z77 mobo?
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