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Windows 7: Water Cooler

31 Jul 2013   #1

Windows 8.1 Pro | Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 
Water Cooler

Okay, so I made up my mind I want to try it. I can't decide which one I want. Which one would you suggest?

Are the quiet?

How much cooler will my cpu be, from what I read the big difference is when under load as ambient temp plays in to idle temp.

If you read my specs you will see my mb does not offer enough options to control the voltage much ie no vdroop. I will be getting another mb but am curious should I get the mb first, or the water cooler?

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31 Jul 2013   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Whichever you can find on sale first lol. Does your case support 120mm fans or 140mm fans?

Since I'm about to go to bed, I'll just leave this here. I don't believe Sandy/Ivy Bridge needs a dual rad water cooler, unless you are going beast mode on it. I think the best water coolers are the Asetek models: the Intel I have, the Antecs, the Zalmans and I think a couple of the Corsairs. I prefer a 38mm thick rad because you don't need dual fans with it like you do the 49mm rads. The NZXT Kraken X40 is decent because it is a 140mm unit, so it will naturally be quieter, and the extra surface area is more important than the fact that it is 27mm thick. I linked to a good deal in another thread, it's the Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro: Thermaltake WATER2.0 Pro That is comparable to the Antec 920 and is quite a bit cheaper. I mainly look for rad thickness, hose material(I don't like that conduit looking hose), and fan configuration. Of course, you could buy one and add your own fans if you want. To be honest, within reason, there probably isn't a nickels worth of difference between them.
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31 Jul 2013   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

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31 Jul 2013   #4

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's
 
 

The larger the surface area of the radiator the better the cooling for a given fan RPM (noise). I think any of the major brand names well serve you well. How much of a overclock do you plan? I have a Corsair H80i on a 8350 pushed to 4.7mgz, may get to 50-52C with P95 pushing all 8 cores to 100%. I really like the CorsairLink software for controlling fan rpm. You can use several presets or make a custom profile. The CorsairLink monitors all your devises, you well need a free USB header on the mobo.
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31 Jul 2013   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro | Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
Whichever you can find on sale first lol. Does your case support 120mm fans or 140mm fans?

Since I'm about to go to bed, I'll just leave this here. I don't believe Sandy/Ivy Bridge needs a dual rad water cooler, unless you are going beast mode on it. I think the best water coolers are the Asetek models: the Intel I have, the Antecs, the Zalmans and I think a couple of the Corsairs. I prefer a 38mm thick rad because you don't need dual fans with it like you do the 49mm rads. The NZXT Kraken X40 is decent because it is a 140mm unit, so it will naturally be quieter, and the extra surface area is more important than the fact that it is 27mm thick. I linked to a good deal in another thread, it's the Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro: Thermaltake WATER2.0 Pro That is comparable to the Antec 920 and is quite a bit cheaper. I mainly look for rad thickness, hose material(I don't like that conduit looking hose), and fan configuration. Of course, you could buy one and add your own fans if you want. To be honest, within reason, there probably isn't a nickels worth of difference between them.
Here is my case, it shows putting 120mm fans up top so I guess 120?

::: Zalman, leading the world of Quiet Computing Solutions :::



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Yeah, that one looks nice!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madcratebuilder View Post
The larger the surface area of the radiator the better the cooling for a given fan RPM (noise). I think any of the major brand names well serve you well. How much of a overclock do you plan? I have a Corsair H80i on a 8350 pushed to 4.7mgz, may get to 50-52C with P95 pushing all 8 cores to 100%. I really like the CorsairLink software for controlling fan rpm. You can use several presets or make a custom profile. The CorsairLink monitors all your devises, you well need a free USB header on the mobo.
I'm looking at going about 4.7. I do have a free usb header. I did look at the software, liked the way it looked. I considered this one as it matches my case

::: Zalman, leading the world of Quiet Computing Solutions :::

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118136
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31 Jul 2013   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

I have rigs running the original H100 with both P/P and one set of fans. Then I have two Thermaltake Extreme 2.0's and they're great. The rad is thicker than the H100 by a little. Then I purchased a NZXT Kraken which runs 140mm fans but the rad is thin like the H100 series. All are fine systems and all have Noctua fans pushing/pulling or both. Can't speak to which works better as I've never changed them out in the same system in the same ambient and taken readings but my gut says that good fans make a small difference. Push/Pull makes a small difference (very) but push or pull set up runs great quiet and very close to P/P with less complexity. I like to exhaust case air but with my current case it has slip out filtration and with that I intake cool air through the 280mm rad and then out the back of the case which could be helping with positive pressure....if you're into that kind of thing.
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31 Jul 2013   #7

Windows 8.1 Pro | Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Good point on the pressure I was thinking that mounting it where the back fan is would help and then move my other fan up top
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31 Jul 2013   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Dude,
If you're going a sealed water rig then go a 240mm or if you can squeeze the 280mm rad in the top then do that. Otherwise you want a double deep single 120 or 140 rad. ala H80i or the Kraken 140.
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31 Jul 2013   #9

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

The Zalman LQ320 is pretty nice Doug. If you prefer a single rad unit, I'd go with that, or the Corsair H80i. In fact, the H80i is on sale for $78 and change until the end of today.
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31 Jul 2013   #10

Windows 8.1 Pro | Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Thanks for the tips guys. I am going to make sure a dual will fit im my zalman z12 case
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