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Do I need liquid cooling?


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Hi,

I'm building a new gaming machine. I want to know if I truly need liquid cooling. My suspicion is no, but would like to hear from a few whose been there and done that. Here's a link to my wishlist:

http://secure.newegg...Number=18364828

I'm not an OC'er, and I don't plan on OC'ing this machine. My take is that liquid cooling is really more for OC'ing. Is that right?

Note that it will be, however, a devoted gaming machine, and I will be SLI'ing the 2 vid cards.

Also, I welcome any suggestions to my wishlist. :D

Thanks
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I'm building a new gaming machine. I want to know if I truly need liquid cooling. My suspicion is no, but would like to hear from a few whose been there and done that.

No.
Depending on the case airflow, environment, an after market heatsink and cooler is sometimes needed if the computer often runs close to the thermal limit of the CPU.

How did you select the parts for your build?

Edited by iammykyl, 06 March 2011 - 02:15 PM.

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Hey there,

Liquid cooling has some practical aspects - sure it might keep the system a bit cooler than traditional fans, but I wouldn't go for it personally. If you go with liquid, be prepared to maintain it as well. I would research liquid cooling and know the "ins and outs" before implementation. For your setup I would not recommend liquid cooling though - unless you want to show it off.

On another note, I looked over your wishlist... Are you installing CD/DVD drive(s) from another system? I don't see any on your list.

Good luck with your build!

~ FD98
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Thanks for the replies. That pretty well confirms my thoughts. I'm thinking I'll be okay without liquid cooling. If I deck out that case I'm getting with all the fans it supports, I should be okay.

How did you select the parts for your build?


I have been building my own systems for many years, so I'm quite familiar with the various hardware components and the various brands/manufacturers of those components. There are certain manufacturers I've had very good luck with for a very long time, so my choices are usually quickly narrowed down to those I trust. However, I realize things can change between each time I shop for new parts, so I do spend some time researching as well.

On another note, I looked over your wishlist... Are you installing CD/DVD drive(s) from another system? I don't see any on your list.


Yes...this new build will inherit the DVD-RW drive in my current game machine.

Good luck with your build!


Thanks! :D
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I was asking how you selected your parts in case you just picked the best of the best but I see you do have quite a bit of experience.

Have you considered a Intel socket 1155 build?
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Have you considered a Intel socket 1155 build?


I haven't. What are the advantages of it over the 1366?
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The advantage is the Sandy Bridge CPU. I have yet to find a review, with benchmarks, that has not raved about the new CPUes. General opinion is it is the best next thing since sliced bread.

There was a fault with a chipset on the 1155 socket platforms with a recall of all products. This has now been corrected. Anyone who had a faulty board will get a replacement. This means that there is a shortage of stock so as fast as boards become available the stores run out of them.

Here is some reading to start you off.

This site give a list of links with sites that have benchmarks, usually part of a complete article.
> http://www.cpu-wars....-synthetic.html

This is part 1 of 5, (links on the right of page 1),
> http://www.silentpcr...el-sandybridge1

> http://enthusiast.ha...cessors_review/

I'm not an OC'er, and I don't plan on OC'ing this machine.


Would you really use all the features of the board? > http://www.techreact...-world-part-22/
A lesser spec Asus board and SB CPU is easy to overclock, just a couple of clicks, I would spend the saved money on an SSD drive.
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@iammykyl:

Thank you for the suggestion and the links. It certainly looks like the 1155 will be the way to go. Apparently, though, it's still so new, I'm having trouble finding a motherboard for it that both provides me the features I'm looking for and is actually available to purchase. I suppose if I wanted it bad enough, I would wait. But I don't want it that badly, I'm anxious to get my new game machine built, and compared to what I currently own, the build I've put together on my wishlist will be a super computer. Thanks again, though.

I was considering getting an SSD. I have found that some of the custom built PCs you can order at places like CyberPowerPC are set up to have a 30GB SSD, for example, for the OS and a 1TB or 2TB SATA drive for data. How much of a difference in performance would that be compared to say just 2 1TB SATA drives with Raid 0 (no SSD)?
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I do not as yet have a SSD, (next build) But am persuaded by what I read that it is the way to go.

I don't think 30GB would be a practical size. I will be going for 120GB min.

Some reading.

> http://www.servetheh...chmarks-review/

> http://www.tweaktown...view/index.html

> http://www.pcauthori...-explained.aspx

The Asus Rampage IV was on Newegg 2 days ago, now out of stock again.\\Good luck with the build. Please let us know how it turns out.
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Thanks!!
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