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#1 CallMeTy

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 07:07 PM

it doesnt look like its that hard to assemble. what are some good brands to look at for cpu liquid cooling? any systems have expandability, like if i wanted to add a gpu water block down the line? pretty much what are you guys using for liquid cooling...

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 08:04 PM

Personally, im 100% air cooled, however, some good systems that Ive seen in use are Corsair and OCZ liquid cooling systems.

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 08:07 PM

large air cpu coolers dont cause a strain on your mobo?

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 08:54 PM

No, not at all, if you get a good one, especially if you have a good solid motherboard. Im using a Zalman CNPS10X Flex cooler with a antec 120 mm fan on it on my older Gigabyte board, with absolutly no problems. If it is a good solid, name brand board properly attached to the tray, and the heatsink is high end (comes with its own brackets even with AMD, if its a huge cooler using AMDs stock brackets Id avoid it) then it wont hurt your motherboard in the least bit. That zalman keeps my phenom II x4 945 at 26 degrees C at idle, 47-38 C under 90% load (like playing games like bc2) and the hottest ive ever gotten it was 41 C after an hour and a half of torture tests using prime95, so for me if I can keep my system cool enough with air cooling, then I dont use the money on water cooling. I have a case that is well set up for both air cooling and water cooling if I so chose, just a limited budget so I go the air cooling route with no issues whatsoever. Might change my mind when my new motherboard gets here and I crossfire my other card into it though....

That all being said, my best friend uses liquid cooling and loves it, and if your a hard core overclocker its a very good investment. I can overclock like you would not believe with my current system (though I dont, nor do I recomend it) but liquid cooling will do a much better job with overclocking then any air system. . . and even if you dont overclock, nothing wrong with liquid cooling. My buddy is using a Corsair system similar to this right now for one system and a high end 400 dollar OCZ system on the other and both do him quite well, hes managed to get his 1090T up to 4.1 ghz on the corsair and close to 5 I think with the OCZ.

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 08:33 PM

ok cool cuz i really didnt want to have to keep buying coolant anyway




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