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May 22, 2010 11:26:48 PM

Friend of mine is building a new intel PC and I'm helping since his last was a prebuilt i3 and whatever they did to it stunk since it hit around 80C and auto shutdown when gaming. (he is set on intel though so no AMD options =/)

So far we've gotten the other parts down too:
Asus Socket 1156 mobo ATX
i7 Lynn 2.8ghz Quad (figure the loss of hurts off a 3.33 i5 is worth going quad over dual)
WD Cavier HDD (seem reliable and quiet for decent price)
Samsung DVD burner (had these before work great)
G.Skill Ripjaws 4x1GB 240-Pin DDR3
Artic Silver compound (I don't like the cheapo stuff things come with)
Full Tower ATX case (not sure on which, but to I like space to work with so ya)

Corsair 750W PSU (12V rail has 60amps, but I'm starting to wonder if 750 isn't going to be enough)


I've generally avoided water cooling either via AMD or on my Intel putting enough high power fans in the case to achieve flight (plus giant CPU heatsink and fan which I can't find such for a 1156 and he is wanting water anyway).

Was looking at this, but I've yet to pick a graphic card and don't want to limit that choice given that its a gaming PC. (I've been out of touch not sure what brand/model/manfacturer to go with just yet to get good performance good price for a few years)

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/9927/ex-wat-153/Larko...
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Seems easy and flexible, but I know only the basic of the basics on water cooling if even that. (read the guide looked up a bit more) Will this or another one (similar price better performance) out there do better?

And will it cause us to be unable to get a decent video card/strain the PSU?

Thanks much and sorry the essay I know you guys normally appreciate the details.

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May 24, 2010 7:41:28 AM

First off the 750w PSU is a bit over the top for the system requirements. As for water cooling an i7 - Im not sure why as a decent HSF (Titan Fenrir) would cool the CPU very effectively in a tower case.

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May 24, 2010 3:25:07 PM

Rawr said:

(read the guide looked up a bit more) Will this or another one (similar price better performance) out there do better?

You should read the sticky again.

A 240 rad is considered the minimum for an I7, add a gpu block and chipset blocks and you'd need a bigger rad.

Expect to pay more for a cpu only WC kit that would work well.
http://www.jab-tech.com/Swiftech-H20-22-Ultima-XT-Liqui...

If looking to stay inexpensive a Corsair H50 with dual fans can do a decent job, you're friend can tell everybody his computer is watercooled ( almost ), and it's better than spending good money on not so good WC parts.
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May 24, 2010 3:28:45 PM

+1 for H50, mine does quite well under load.
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May 25, 2010 4:34:07 AM

delluser1 said:
You should read the sticky again.

A 240 rad is considered the minimum for an I7, add a gpu block and chipset blocks and you'd need a bigger rad.

Expect to pay more for a cpu only WC kit that would work well.
http://www.jab-tech.com/Swiftech-H20-22-Ultima-XT-Liqui...

If looking to stay inexpensive a Corsair H50 with dual fans can do a decent job, you're friend can tell everybody his computer is watercooled ( almost ), and it's better than spending good money on not so good WC parts.



Agreed ^+1, But with here instead it is a little cheaper http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/swh2edukit.html
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