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Air cooler or water cooler?

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  • Intel i5
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January 28, 2013 3:13:35 PM

hey guys!

I have a i5-3570 (non-k) and after my recent upgrades of a new mobo and more RAM CPUID is showingg my CPU temp to run from 40-46c at idle and a max of 70c under load.
i'm currently using the Intel stock cooler, but I want an upgrade, but i'm not sure as to what to get in my case, noise isn't so much of a problem also :p 

I'm open to all closed water coolers, although my budget is pretty low. :/ 

Specs:

NZXT phantom 410
i5-3570
asus sabertooth z77 (w/ thermal armor)
corsair vengeance (4x8) 32GB
Sapphire 7950


thank you in advance :D 

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January 28, 2013 3:28:47 PM

I would go with Air Cooled with your spec/requirements, it will cost less as well. Water cooling is only really required when overclocking and as you don't have a K version of the i5, you won't be doing that. Your temps are not that bad with stock cooler, happily run at those temps for a long time but if you are looking at pushing your CPU harder (gaming/CAD/etc) then upgrade your cooler.
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January 28, 2013 3:39:39 PM

JRock247 said:
I would go with Air Cooled with your spec/requirements, it will cost less as well. Water cooling is only really required when overclocking and as you don't have a K version of the i5, you won't be doing that. Your temps are not that bad with stock cooler, happily run at those temps for a long time but if you are looking at pushing your CPU harder (gaming/CAD/etc) then upgrade your cooler.



I do plan on upgrading my CPU to the new haswells when they come out(most likely be the K version) , and I also plan on doing some serious video editing and rendering and maybe some animations.

should I just get the cooler master, or shoot for the future and buy a water cooler?
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February 19, 2013 3:30:06 PM

Sorry for my rather late reply.

I would still for for Air Cooled as you have no need for Water Cooling unless you plan on overclocking your CPU!? Even though you plan to do some video editing and animations, you still have no need for Water Cooling but if the price is not much different, then go with water cooling otherwise air cooling will be fine!
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