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January 14, 2012 12:11:46 AM

Hey everyone, ive never messed with Water cooling before and im building a brand new pc id like to know what type of watercooling i need to keep my system cool. id like a kit for my CPU and well as my GPU the CPU is a Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000, the GPU is a MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 mother board is GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard, and my case is Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case. If anyone could help me out it would be greatly appreciated i know absolutely nothing about water cooling and this would help me so much. if you have the time id love it if you could explain why you came up with that recomendation and how you came about, just so i can learn more about it. Thank you very much.

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January 14, 2012 12:29:20 AM

Hello Navyos7108;

You don't need watercooling to keep temps under control in a high performance system.
A high quality aftermarket CPU cooler and a good gaming case (like your 902 V3) is really all you need.

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January 14, 2012 12:30:36 AM

even if i plan to overclock? im not going to go crazy with the overclocking but do plan or tweaking a little bit.
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January 14, 2012 12:50:17 AM

how much do you want to spend as it can get very pricey very quickly... im personally not a fan of the sealed units as they just look grubby in the case.
the problem is that anything more than that and you are immediately into 100's of bux but you will get what you pay for, not just in cooling but in cool looks 2...

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=WC... as you can see this kit is for 1 cpu. you cant really add a gpu to it as the radiator is so small...
you would need to add something like this http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=WC... which will support 4 120mm fans and should cool anything you throw at it even a full on sli build.
or maybe you would rather go for the fully fitted case, this takes most of the hard work out of it as the case and piping are all done for you. all you have to do is attach the cooling plates to the components... thing is for something like that you gonna pay 3-500... so no its by no means cheap...
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=WC... but even with this build you will have to add a gpu cooling plate... btw im in the uk so there uk prices, its likely if your in the u.s you will pay the same but in dollars.

changed your mind but still want excellent cooling, look at the noctua 12 or 14 if your case is big enough.
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January 14, 2012 1:08:32 AM

From a review of the popular Corsair Hydro Series: H60, H80 and H100 self contained water coolers
and compared with a high performace air cooler: Thermalright Silver Arrow
Core i7-2600K OC'd @ 4.8Ghz
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January 14, 2012 2:09:33 AM

From other posts in the forum I saw that Antec 902 V3 and Thermalright Silver Arrow are compatible.
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January 14, 2012 2:28:40 AM

Any idea if this Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler, will fit in my computer? motherboard is GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX, Case is Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case, Video card is MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16, and processor is the i7 2600k
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January 14, 2012 2:32:44 AM

What are you using for RAM? Will want to check on the Cooler/RAM clearance as well.
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January 14, 2012 5:17:38 AM

Ram is G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9D-8GBXM
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January 14, 2012 5:23:32 AM

Says the Thermalright doesnt support the 1155 socket...
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January 14, 2012 5:42:42 AM

it supports 1156 and 1156 coolers are compatible with 1155 :) 
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