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December 19, 2011 12:53:10 AM

Can you install both? Because from what I understand the liquid cooler covers the processor. If so, would you recommend it?

If not, which is better for cooling (and would it allow me to overclock further?)

I am choosing between a Coolmaster Hyper 212 or a Corsair H80 Liquid Cooler.
December 19, 2011 1:28:45 AM

Water will get you further but still has its limitations. I did a little looking around they seem very close with the h80 coming out in the lead in all cases but not just masivly. In the long run as temps ramp up the water will move heat faster. Very close you will be good either way.

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December 19, 2011 1:37:52 AM

You cannot install both these coolers, and both these cooling solutions are descent, however depending on the case you have and your airflow one could be slightly better. Also it matters if you have a lot of heat coming from lets say your GPU, the 212 might soak in that heat, again depending on air flow, so without more info I would say the H80.

But don't expect anything miraculous, it might be "water cooling" but it's no where near an actual water cooling system.
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December 19, 2011 2:11:13 AM

Yes, water is better, but that doesn't mean you should get it. A $34 212 EVO will perform perfectly well for almost all applications (what are your full specs?).
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December 19, 2011 10:17:42 PM

kajabla said:
Yes, water is better, but that doesn't mean you should get it. A $34 212 EVO will perform perfectly well for almost all applications (what are your full specs?).


I'm not sure about specs but im currently building an Asrock Extreme7 with Intel i7 2600k plus 2 GTX570's. I'm looking to put in some wack cooling and at the absolute best maybe get an overclock of 5GHz but realistically maybe 4.6-4.8
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 19, 2011 10:18:22 PM

The EVO would be fine for that.
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December 19, 2011 10:37:44 PM

Fine as in equal to the liquid cooler or fine as in better? So do you think I can get 5.0 GHz? I would be using the NZXT Phantom, the EVO and 2 additional 120mm fans. I know each part is different but a rough estimate would be fantastic.
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December 19, 2011 10:39:06 PM

Oh, it's not as good as a liquid cooler. You just don't need that much cooling. If you insist, an H80 would be the best liquid option.
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December 19, 2011 10:40:43 PM

Ok good. What about reaching 5.0GHz does it sound alright with the H80, and 2 more fans? Cause If it is ill do a backflip.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 19, 2011 10:42:52 PM

You never know. You might get it, and you might just as well not.
Ugh. I saw a 2600K OCing percentage guide a week or two ago, and now I can't find it. If I remember correctly, it said that something like 20% of units will hit 5ghz. Could have been 10%.
Why do you want it? For the number? Do you have an insane graphics setup or something that makes the power worthwhile?
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December 19, 2011 10:45:21 PM

Im going to run 2 GTX570's maybe 580's if I can get the budget. Does that percentage include all that cooling stuff im putting in?
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 19, 2011 10:47:02 PM

I don't know; I can't find it :o 

You don't need 5ghz to handle that. 4.6 or 4.8 will be plenty, and 4.4 would almost certainly do.
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December 19, 2011 10:49:39 PM

I know lol that 5.0 number sounds so crispy and the bragging rights would feel so nice xD
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 19, 2011 10:56:14 PM

Well, it's worth a shot. How much money do you have to burn? Go H100 if it's worth $120.
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December 19, 2011 11:51:37 PM

That sounds good but the h100 looks much wider so I have no clue how I would use it to replace a 120mm fan like the other H-Series liquid coolers :p 
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 20, 2011 12:36:34 AM

Oh, it can't. You'd need a case that can take a double-slot radiator.
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December 20, 2011 1:16:20 AM

Alright I'll stick with the H80. Do you need to replace water? Also, if I were to overclock without changing the voltage at all, would it maintain the shelf life of my pc? BTW its an intel i7 2600k
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 20, 2011 1:54:06 AM

I believe that higher temperatures and higher voltage will both shorten the life of a CPU. Avoid messing with voltage. Your temps should be great on liquid, though.
In short, don't worry about it.
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December 20, 2011 1:58:02 AM

Best answer selected by AvinashP.
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December 20, 2011 1:58:16 AM

Thanks for all the help.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 20, 2011 2:02:00 AM

No problem.
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December 20, 2011 4:57:19 AM

Just an FYI for the 5ghz, it took me 3 different 2600k before I got one that was perfectly stable at speed.
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