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Old January 31, 2008, 10:34 PM
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I've been looking at reviews lately on the E8400 and it doesn't seem to be much of a performance increase from my CPU to it, but it does have great overclocking abilities. Should I spend my $290 on the E8400 or should I go for watercooling? I already have my CPU cooled, but im going to add a triple rad and cool my GPU and NB as well.
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Old January 31, 2008, 11:16 PM
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I'd WC personally. Build it with the right components and hopefully you should be able to use the same setup through a couple upgrades. There doesn't seem to be much of a jump from what you have now to the e8400 unless you'd just like to see higher #'s. Maybe hold off on the CPU until the quads are out.
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I agree with both of them, go with WC you should be able to bring your cpu higher then what you are running at now. Then later on you can save some money and buy the E8400 or when the new quads come out buy one of those.

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Ive been pondering over the same question. BUT you should go watercooling-the extra OC you will get will take the E6750 very close to an oc'd E8400.

Then you can get a quad later on or something instead.

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I've been looking at reviews lately on the E8400 and it doesn't seem to be much of a performance increase from my CPU to it, but it does have great overclocking abilities. Should I spend my $290 on the E8400 or should I go for watercooling? I already have my CPU cooled, but im going to add a triple rad and cool my GPU and NB as well.
I'd say go for the GFX and NB, but then again MISO converted me to the Darkside. (AKA Water).
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I'd WC personally. Build it with the right components and hopefully you should be able to use the same setup through a couple upgrades. There doesn't seem to be much of a jump from what you have now to the e8400 unless you'd just like to see higher #'s. Maybe hold off on the CPU until the quads are out.
Which parts should I use then that you think would be compatible with future upgrades? I currently am going for the Swiftech Stealth for the GPU and the MCW30 for NB.
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To tell you the truth I can't say for sure and I don't know what's coming and I don't know what your fabricating skills are. However if you pick basic shape blocks chances are good that you can use them for a long time to come.

In my system I chose a Fuzion CPU block. Its a basic square and uses a plate that goes over the block and has holes in it to line up with the HSF mounting holes. The block is ~2" square. Now unless cpu's and there sockets deviate greatly from a 2" square or stop using mounting holes for HSFs, I have serious doubts that I won't either be able to just buy a new plate or make one myself for my next upgrade. I got a maze5 for the GPU and I think all the same reasoning holds true. AFAIK full coverage blocks are one time use only and you toss them when you upgrade to a new card.

I'm not an expert on the adaptability of any of these blocks as these are the first commercial blocks I've owned so do your research. Again a lot has to do with if you HAVE to buy a solution or if you can make your own parts. I'm not saying that full coverage blocks are bad but I like to be able to disassemble things and make them different for a new situation easily, perhaps a legacy of my lego/mechano days.

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Water cool; you won't see too much of an improvement going with the E8400 (Unless you want to hit SuperPI WR's with LN2). Also, look at water cooling as an investment, the cost of components doesn't drop too much, whereas CPU's drop significantly over a short period of time.
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Water cool; you won't see too much of an improvement going with the E8400 (Unless you want to hit SuperPI WR's with LN2). Also, look at water cooling as an investment, the cost of components doesn't drop too much, whereas CPU's drop significantly over a short period of time.
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