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Old December 30, 2010, 12:56 AM
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They're both good.

The OP's post stated cpu only, but also allows for a pretty high end build (see lowfat's rec for that) considering you could improve a few aspect of that list, and still come out under 300.

So if it's only ever going to be cpu, with no intention of ever adding to it, then even the low end Rasa works (though I always like to up the pump a little)

If it's a start, and there could be more added to the loop, then spending the full 300 max on the ancillary components with the one cpu block will give a high end result, and allow for easy addition of more blocks without having to rework the whole thing.

So it's not really about 'better' but what works for the application. For cpu, only cpu and only EVER cpu, then spending more is a waste. The Basic Rasa kit (upgrade that pump :p) is good enough.

It's really up to the guy whether it's a 'current build' with room to grow, or a fixed build, keep it cheap, that's going to stay that way.

But a 300 limit or so, if it's cool to spend it all on something 'cpu-only' specific, allows for some much higher quality parts. If the money is there to spend, may as well get the best for cpu, with room for 6 core in case of an upgrade and I'd rather have Lowfat's build for that, than the Rasa that may or may not handle it.

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Old December 30, 2010, 07:48 AM
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I have just found with water cooling overkill is better then a system that won't handle the overclock. and your right it's not better or worse it what he wants to spend ( hell i have gone back to my gtz cause it works fine for all my overclocking considering the overclocks i do know need dice or colder ha ha )

edit rad thickness doesn't mean crap it's how much water it can hold no dual rad stands up even a swiftech 320 which i have shown myself many times over with big clocks comes big heat ha ha
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Old December 30, 2010, 10:46 AM
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I figure it's almost always about what it's application is, more than the money, but if more money is better for the application, then it's money well spent. If versatility is more expensive and not required, then it's not money well spent.

You're right though, in today's more efficient designs, it is usually about a larger rad. I'm sure some are still better than others, but it's all about how much heat it can transfer out of the rad, and nowadays that's usually good in everything. More water in the rad usually means more heat transfer, but the days of modding in automotive rads and heater cores are gone (more or less) and most of the PC rad designs are pretty amazing.

One detail that's missing though is the fin design. Some of them need higher air pressure to work well, and some are good with lower air pressure, like the difference between the PA and HE Thermochill rads. Tighter fins can make for better air heat transfer, but if you want quiet fans, then a more open design that let's air move more freely is better, since you'll get less heat out if the air can't move.

But if anything, having an extra 100 to 200w of capacity in a water system is a great idea, since it'll ensure that the cpu temp is as good as the block can make it, and ensure cpu upgrades will be covered.


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