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November 10, 2012 5:05:06 PM

I am planning a build on which I will be doing moderate overclocking down the road. Should I go for an air cooler or liquid cooler? I've heard that liquid coolers can leak and ruin components, so I am a little weary of them. Which of these two would you choose?

Cooler Master V6 GT CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CoolIT ECO II-240 Extreme Performance Liquid Cooling System 240MM Radiator & Dual Fans'
http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/spec/getspec.aspx?n=FAN&v=C...

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November 10, 2012 5:48:12 PM

Any help appreciated...
November 10, 2012 8:39:13 PM

No one? :( 
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November 10, 2012 8:41:45 PM

Hey sorry for no one answering your thread. Anyways my input is to go for the air cooler, I myself am running an Antec Kuhler 620 which is a closed water loop cooler and I am quite paranoid with it leaking over the video card which is more expensive than my CPU :lol: 

Anyways what's your budget for a cooler, I think I can find you a much better air cooler.

Edit: Oh yes, forgot to add that I bought my water cooler for $60 dollars and the Hyper 212 which is about $30 dollars performs within 1-2 degrees which shows I wasted my money. That being said what computer case do you have right now? I need to know the computer case to find its width so I can see how tall the cooler can be for it.
November 10, 2012 9:05:28 PM

socialfox said:
Hey sorry for no one answering your thread. Anyways my input is to go for the air cooler, I myself am running an Antec Kuhler 620 which is a closed water loop cooler and I am quite paranoid with it leaking over the video card which is more expensive than my CPU :lol: 

Anyways what's your budget for a cooler, I think I can find you a much better air cooler.

Edit: Oh yes, forgot to add that I bought my water cooler for $60 dollars and the Hyper 212 which is about $30 dollars performs within 1-2 degrees which shows I wasted my money. That being said what computer case do you have right now? I need to know the computer case to find its width so I can see how tall the cooler can be for it.

Thanks for replying! I'm getting the Azza Genesis 9000 Full Tower case, and the dimensions are 25.1"x9.8"x23.2". I can afford to pay about $20 more for the cooling system. How good is the air cooler I already have selected?
November 10, 2012 9:10:49 PM

Okay but what was your budget to start with? I'm guessing the tops now is $60?
November 10, 2012 9:11:51 PM

To start with I was thinking $80, but it's dropped to $70 after I got some extra case coolers. I have seven fans in the case, btw, if that helps.
November 11, 2012 1:44:28 AM

socialfox said:
Well if you can do $90 then go for this phanteks cooler:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

I will need a while to find a good cooler for $70, need to research this online.

I actually found what looks like a decent cooler for under $70

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Does this look good? It's been scoring amazingly in reviews that I've read, and I think it fits in my case. Only problem is, some people have complained that it blocks off the first ram port. That won't be a problem, if I only use two ram sticks, right?
November 11, 2012 1:58:15 AM

when it comes to Air vs Liquid,

Air gives more performance for the $, but cannot beat the upper end water cooling options(tl;dr low end water cooling is too costly)


as for the thermaltake frio, I would think that there are better choices at that pricepoint. this one in particular has a moderately loud fan
November 11, 2012 1:23:18 PM

I see. So, for now I guess I'll slate in the V6 GT and if you find anything better just let me know?
November 11, 2012 2:19:33 PM

Read some reviews, and it looks like the V6 GT doesn't have a snug fit (i.e it moves a little on the motherboard). Will this be a problem if I have to move the desktop (I have to take it home from my college dorm every semester)
November 11, 2012 2:21:37 PM

Hmmm... the Zalman looks promising. If I can get some proof that it's better that the the V6 GT, I'll take it.
November 11, 2012 2:21:57 PM

Well unless it's a real bumpy road and you drive up mountains (just joking :lol:  ) you would not really have to worry about it. Anyways I believe the Zalman cooler I linked in my previous post is better than the V6 GT. To be on the safe side place the computer on its side when its in your trunk. Try and also secure it from moving around by placing other things around it so it can't move freely.

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November 11, 2012 2:28:10 PM
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Here is a thread with a similar question:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/262530-29-cooler-mast...

Also take a look at this:
http://bcchardware.com/index.php/v/CoolerMasterV6GTCPUC...

The Noctua DH-14 and the Zalman Cooler are quite close to each other and that will give you a rough estimation that it does beat the V6 GT.
November 11, 2012 8:06:43 PM

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November 11, 2012 8:07:19 PM

Thanks, I'll definitely look more into the Zalman
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