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Need Help Deciding Which CPU Liquid Cooler.

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Which liquid cooler would you choose to overclock with?

Total: 5 votes

  • Cooler Master Seidon 120xl
  • 40 %
  • Corsair 80i
  • 40 %
  • Intel BXTS13X
  • 20 %
July 28, 2013 12:34:39 PM

Hey Tom's Hardware family, i need your advise i just finished my high end build and i need help deciding which cpu liquid cooler to go with if i want to overclock to 4.72Ghz. I wanted to do the cooler master seidon 240m but it wouldnt fit the chassis and i really like the look of the case so i rather change the liquid cooler, If you would choose a diffrent cooler let me know why, Also im going for a blue theme so having blue leds would be a plus.
This is what my new rig consists of:

Processor - Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell

MotherBoard - Intel BOXDZ87KLT75K LGA 1150

Graphics Card - EVGA w/ ACX Cooling GeForce GTX 770 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card

SSD - Intel 525 Series Lincoln Crest SSDMCEAC240B301 mSATA 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

HDD - Western Digital WD Black 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

PSU - XFX Core Edition PRO850W (P1-850S-NLB9) 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory

Media Drive - LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner, Bare Drive, 3D Play Back

Chassis - CM Storm Scout 2 Advanced - Ghost White Gaming Mid Tower Computer Case
August 5, 2013 9:16:43 PM

I checked on your case and you should be able to fit a twin 120mm rad on the top of your case. For performance I would have to recommend Corsair h100i. However, most CLC systems are typically the same between competitors on their individual levels. I ran this cooler on my i7-4770k @ 4.6 before switching to a custom loop, and at 100 % load my temps varied between 50-55C and I am a avid dual display multi-tasker. So any higher end dual radiator CLC will work variably well no matter the maker. The performances between companies is miniscule. If it's LED's you want, I would have to recommend researching and investing into a custom loop. There are some cheaper CPU only cooling kits that will give you variably better performance. Check FrozenCPU.com and look into EK and XSPC full kits. XSPC has tons of parts with blue LED's. Just ensure to research the pumps. If you your pump is too powerful in a small loop, it won't disperse heat properly. Hope this helps. Good luck with your build. =)
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