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Old August 3, 2008, 09:47 PM
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and if it is worth it, what would u suggest for an antec 1200 i want it all internal if possible? P.S> im in the states so any parts u can show me at your fav site but i need to know the model number to get it in the states lol. i found a MCR220-QP Extreme Duty Dual 120mm Radiator for $48. and i think it would make a nice rad. im trying to stay in a 250 buget, is that even possible?
this is what i have to work with.
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Old August 3, 2008, 10:13 PM
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Water cooling is worth it just for the fun of it! If you are simply looking for a way to get better temps then just buy a TRUE or equivalent and be done with it. But if you're looking for a fun challenge then there's no reason not to water cool your rig!
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Personally, I don't think it's worth it. IMHO, air will be just fine for the CPU. I generally go by this rule:

Anything above an Intel E8200(Dual-core) is suitable for watercooling.
Anything above an Intel Q6600/Q900(Quad-Core) is suitable for watercooling.
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Old August 3, 2008, 10:14 PM
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The cost of watercooling for a chip like that isn't worth imho.
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Old August 3, 2008, 10:22 PM
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You have to look at this way. How much money are you going to spend on water cooling and how much will you spend on air cooling then, factor in how much more of an overclock are you going to get on water cooling. You could save half the cost of a water cooling setup and get a TRUE and get near water cooling performance.
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You can crank up the cpu voltage and clock it to the moon on water. Make that baby perform like a $1000 QX chip.
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I rank my watercooling kit as the single best PC purchase I have ever made. My q6600@3690 now outperforms a qx9650. My HD4850 is stable at 810/1100 and is as fast as a GTX280. Cost of a q6600/4850/watercooling = $700. Cost of a qx9650/280 = $1786.
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I rank my watercooling kit as the single best PC purchase I have ever made. My q6600@3690 now outperforms a qx9650. My HD4850 is stable at 810/1100 and is as fast as a GTX280. Cost of a q6600/4850/watercooling = $700. Cost of a qx9650/280 = $1786.
yeah k but will a true and a noctua fan (which one should i get btw) be quiet?(the antec 1200 is very quiet on low settings. so then this and a nocta would be good? Newegg.com - Thermalright Ultra-120 CPU Cooling Heatsink - CPU Fans & Heatsinks
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I rank my watercooling kit as the single best PC purchase I have ever made. My q6600@3690 now outperforms a qx9650. My HD4850 is stable at 810/1100 and is as fast as a GTX280. Cost of a q6600/4850/watercooling = $700. Cost of a qx9650/280 = $1786.
Ditto
It will breathe new life into just about any system, plus it is more to tinker with
Is it worth it?
Thats up to you to decide
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I think its worth it, and yes you can build a good dual rad kit up for around $200 easily (eg dashocks, frostys worklog among others). It will last you through to another upgrade, is a lot of fun, and will improve performance without blowing all the hot air round the case to the same degree.

A TRUE is a great aircooler but by the time you buy fans for the TRUE you could get a decent WC system for ~another hundred. Plus you can look at watercooling the GPU down the road. I had a TRUE in my case and I can do a fair bit more with a watercooled CPU when running big hot GPU's.


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and if it is worth it, what would u suggest for an antec 1200 i want it all internal if possible? P.S> im in the states so any parts u can show me at your fav site but i need to know the model number to get it in the states lol. i found a MCR220-QP Extreme Duty Dual 120mm Radiator for $48. and i think it would make a nice rad. im trying to stay in a 250 buget, is that even possible?
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