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Watercooling, is it a necessity?

Hello everyone!

I have a question to ask, does my CPU need a water-cooler if it is running at 30 degrees while overclocked to 3.8 GHz? I just recently made a custom PC and didn't really want water cooling at first because I wanted to see the temps with the stock cooler. My CPU is a Intel Core i5 3570K.

Also another thing, is there a way to water cool at GTX 570 because during gameplay my card sounds like a jet engine and is sort of a nuisance.

My budget ranges from 50-100 dollar water-coolers as I just spent $1000 on my PC and I'm not the richest person out there :)

Thanks and I appreciate all the help!
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  1. Best answer
    30C is fine. Water cooling is more for those that want to invest time into getting the coolest system they can get and high quality ones will cost more than $100.
  2. Engima said:
    30C is fine. Water cooling is more for those that want to invest time into getting the coolest system they can get and high quality ones will cost more than $100.


    Wow, fast reply :) But I'm planning on overclocking to somewhere in the mid 4.0-4.5 GHz, and don't want to face problems.

    And about the GPU water-cooling, I'm guessing there is nothing for that?
  3. I don't know of any commercial product off the top of my head to water cooler the GPU since most stuff is aimed at cooling the CPU. Try to overclock it to 4.0 and see what you get.
  4. 4.0 should be achievable with the stock HSF depending on your luck with the CPU.
    4.2-4.3 should be easy enough with a 212EVO
    4.5+ is becoming a gamble no matter what you use
  5. I think I'm just going to stick with 3.8 GHz... I bumped up to 4.0 GHz but my system didn't really agree with me. Sort of shaky and my computer is just over a month old.

    But thanks for all the help!
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