Water Cooling Core i7 3770k

Can water cooling work on any CPU? I am going to buy a 3770k and I want to have it water cooled so I can overclock it (my motherboard is MSI P67A-G45 so it is overclocking ready correct?).

How many components do I need to water cool it? (Preferably newegg.com) My case is an Apevia X Trooper Mid Tower.
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  1. Well what kind of water cooling are we talking about closed loop (pre-made) or the real water cooling where you build it yourself. Anyways water cooling pretty much works for any CPU, it just depends on your computer case and motherboard socket to ensure compatibility. If you are settling for closed loop I would urge you to reconsider and look for high end air cooling.
  2. I don't know what the difference is, my case has 2 circles at the end of it and it said it was water cooling compatible. Which way is better? I know of ones that require a pump inside. Please fill me in on what these different water cooling methods are.
  3. Closed loop means it is pre-made which is what you find at newegg. If you really want pre-made coolers compatible with your computer case then here are some:

    Antec Kuhler 620
    www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835209049
    Antec Kuhler 920
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835209054
    Corsair H60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181015
    Corsair H80
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181016
    Corsair H100 (best pre-built water cooler I know of from Newegg)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181032

    If this is not the type you want let me know, there is another type which you assemble the water cooler but will cost around $200-$300

    Point being made your case supports 120mm and 240mm radiators via exhaust or top.
  4. You may not need watercooling to overclock that cpu. I have a CoolerMaster 212Evo and it cools my 4.0ghz 3770k no problem. Yeah, its not a high overclock, but I don't see the need to go any higher than that right now. Those closed loop coolers that socialfox listed are good, although I would go with a Thermaltake Water 2 Pro right now as its only 59 bucks! I just bought the Coolermaster Seidon 120M for one of my rigs and it works great, except the cpu hold down didn't fit as advertised and its a bit noisy. I only paid 35 bucks for it on sale though.
  5. +1^ like I mentioned above, if you are considering closed loop water cooling then you should look to high end air cooling. Such can be the Noctua DH-14 or some of those nice looking Phanteks Coolers.
  6. I was looking at the Corsair H50 but I don't see where the water/liquid goes in. Are the pre made just as good as the one you assemble or is that one better? If the pre made can keep temps the same as a stock or a Hyper 212, should I go with the one I make myself?
  7. What I'm trying to say is would a premade one keep temps lower than a stock fan which is what I was before on an i5 2400.
  8. Altiris said:
    I was looking at the Corsair H50 but I don't see where the water/liquid goes in. Are the pre made just as good as the one you assemble or is that one better? If the pre made can keep temps the same as a stock or a Hyper 212, should I go with the one I make myself?


    Well the H50 will give you better temperatures than the stock. Pre-made means it does not need any maintenance, hence sometimes they are called all-in-one coolers. Anyways a custom water cooler would be much better than pre-made one or most air coolers (I could say all, but then again I do not know all of the air coolers out there :lol: ). However I do not see why you need a custom water cooler, stick to a high end air cooler or at least the H100 if you want serious overclocking without too much money.
  9. Yeah I will get a pre-made water cooler, I'm looking at the H80 and the Antec Kulher 920. Which would you recommend. Why do some come with 2 fans?
  10. I would go with the H80, I bet it's only 1-2 degrees of a difference or maybe the H80 is better. Some come with 2 fans for the push-pull setup which cools the CPU(radiator actually is being cooled but CPU temperatures are determined by this) even more.

    Check this out:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/h2o-h80-h100-benchmark-overclocking,3084-9.html
  11. The H80 has 116% and then the Antec Kuhler 620 is 135% so would the 920 have even more or is it just slight like you said? I think I might get the H80 since it has controllable fans and the software and all that.
  12. Oops wrong page
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/h2o-h80-h100-benchmark-overclocking,3084-8.html

    The figures you were looking for was the price/performance ratio. The page above will tell you which cools the best.
  13. I see why you said to get the H80. I heard the fans on the H80 are loud but can I swap them to the Fans the Apevia case had?
  14. Altiris said:
    I see why you said to get the H80. I heard the fans on the H80 are loud but can I swap them to the Fans the Apevia case had?


    Sure but you may take a hit towards temperature since those fans are not suited for radiators. You can always adjust the speeds of the fan with the H80.
  15. Oh okay so I'll just stick with the ones that it comes with. Where can I go to buy the liquid for it, and do I need to use the both fans, I remember you said I didn't need to use both but is it better to use 2 or do I just use one
  16. Altiris said:
    Oh okay so I'll just stick with the ones that it comes with. Where can I go to buy the liquid for it, and do I need to use the both fans, I remember you said I didn't need to use both but is it better to use 2 or do I just use one


    Well it's best to use both fans so it cools better, anyways no need for liquid/coolant. It is already provided and it will last you forever(long time) or it dies out. Whatever comes first :lol:
  17. Ohhhhhh so it's already in there? Wow I though I'd have to pour it in our something. How would the fans mount? Like Fan - Radiator - Fan ? Like that?
  18. Yep kind of like a sandwich, the burger (radiator) is covered by the buns (fans).

    Thank you, thank you, no need for that much clapping, my analogy was beautiful :lol:
  19. Makes sense, alright thanks bro uve been a great help!
  20. No problemo, drop a message if you need any other help.

    - Socialfox :)
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