NOTE: I have chosen the Hyper 212 Plus cooler for now.
I plan to get a custom water cooling kit in the future. I plan to spend maybe $200 or so on a custom water cooling kit. What I'm wondering is, is it going to be worth it? I've always wanted a water cooling kit. I've really been considering a closed loop solution as well just because I really want water cooling.
I've been considering the Corsair H60/H80. From what I get these are not worth it however. Can someone give me some more input on this?
Also, can someone recommend me a good custom (hopefully like a prebuilt water cooling kit) for around 100-150 Dollars (maybe even 200 if thats not possible). Please help me out on this aspect. I will be ordering a custom kit in the future if the H80 really is a horrible idea and I'd be much better off without it.
How hard is it co put one of these together? I've never built a computer before.
What i'm also wondering is, is a Gold rated good quality PSU really gonna save me money in the long run. I'll probably have my computer on about 24/7 (is this bad for a computer?), It obviously wont be at max load 24/7 but I would guess for about 8-10 hours a day will be about 60+%.
So Should I save some money and get a Bronze rated PSU? I don't want a huge power bill. Should I stay at 750W or would 550W be just fine? I'm leaning towards 650W personally. Advice would be appreciated.
I might CFX my GPU in the future as well. I'll be doing some OC'ing and major OC'ing in the future when I have custom water cooling.
Thoughts: I currently have a smaller closed loop cooler and have been thinking about upgrading to a "real" custom water cooling solution. Mostly because the graphics need to be cooled just as much as the processor does, particularly if I move to crossfire.
IMO - I'm not sure boxed closed loop water cooling systems are worth it. Yes, they are incrementally better than air coolers, but its not a huge difference and sometimes there is gurgling noise (and they are much more expensive).
With regard to the PSU - It would take a while to get a full financial return on a gold PSU because the difference is really between like 85 and 95 percent efficiency. Where this WILL make a big difference is heat. I noticed a large difference in heat output/fan noise when switching from an 80+ PSU to a Gold-rated PSU with variable speed fan.
You would be good with 550w now. Could pull off 500w with current specs and overclock, but 600-650 is a nice healthy margin. When it comes to 2 card crossfire and overclock then I would call 650w your floor.
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