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Romario

Complete Watercooling Noob. Need Help!

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Dear fellow forum users,

 

First, thanks for taking the time to check my post out! I need your help. I am creating a new rig, but need some help. I want to have a water cooled system for both my processor and GFX card, but have no idea where to start. I plan to have the following things in the rig. The purpsoe of the rig is probably solely FSX and FS related tasks

 

Case:

 

Corsair HAFx

Intel i7 3770k

Mobo: Not too sure yet (can anyone recommend a good one?)

Gtx 780 hydro copper (if you recommend another one let me know)

PSU: Not sure again, please recommend!

HDD: Again, not sure, please recommend if possible.

Extra Cooling Fans.

RAM: Surprise, I am not too sure again.

 

*Note: It's not that I am a computer noob or anything, I just don't know the best and most recent options that go well with FS. I did rig shopping 5 years ago, and since then a lot has changed!!

 

So can anybody do any general recommendations AND MOST IMPORTANTLY set me up with some watercooling solutions for my Processor and GFX card? Thanks in advance!!

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Hello Romario,

 

I've been considering water, but after seeing these leak testimonies I'm not on board any more!

 

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Doesn't mean much unless you can quote a % of users that experience leaking.  The closed system ones (like the H60 and H100) are pretty safe despite the above information.  Obviously it's caveat emptor, but i have used the H100 in the past, it wasn't as good as i had hoped, but it didn't leak.

 

Have you thought about a good Air Cooler?  The Noctura DH14 is very good.

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Obviously it's caveat emptor, but i have used the H100 in the past, it wasn't as good as i had hoped, but it didn't leak.
 
Have you thought about a good Air Cooler?  The Noctura DH14 is very good.

 

Yes that's one that has been recommended.  My new build is going to have some expensive parts and a leak is just out of the question for me.    

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The OP doesn't actually "need" water cooling. The 3770K will overclock to 4.6 GHz, on air. It can also be de-lidded and pushed higher, still on air.

 

Having said that, if he wants the most efficient cooling possible, just to know he has the best, then a full blown water cooling kit is the way to go.

 

There are certainly a lot of leak issues reported on the Corsair support forum. But to be fair to Corsair, that's understandable. Anyone with a leak, world wide, will report it there. I guess only Corsair know, how many units they sell, and how many leak.

 

For me though, even if leaks are rare, I would always be paranoid, wondering if and when it would leak. NH-D14 eliminates any worries I would have.

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