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Liquid Cooling Kit for i5-2500k

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by xenocide, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. xenocide

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    I plan on getting a Liquid Cooling Kit to replace my Stock cooler and OC my i5-2500k a bit (to about 4.5GHz or so). I'm wondering what is the best setup of the available kits out there. I want a decent balance of performance and low acoustics. I was considering the H70 but apparently it is on par for a Jet Engine in terms of noise. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    You could always get a H80 and then replace the fans with silent ones.
     
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    I had an H70 to test out, and then I sold it. The person I sold it to later on told me that something inside became warped (i think it was the jetplate) and was hitting the pump impeller giving a 'taky' noise. It mustve warped due to the heat given out by his overclock. Its a recurring issue if you check around the net. Not sure if this is evident in other acetek based pump/block combo.

    Id say EK h30 kit.. or XSPC rasa kit if your on a tight budget.
     
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    I was leaning towards an All-In-One setup. I don't want to spend a fortune, but still want a good cooling setup. If I had more room on my mobo I would just get a higher-end Air Cooler, but they are always REALLY loud. I've pretty much given up on the H70 since I've heard 0 good things about it :/

    EDIT: The H60 is on sale on Amazon for $66, which seems like quite a deal, anyone have experience with said setup?
     
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    I have a Antec 920 with Scythe GT's on instead of the standard PWM fans. - Corsair wont give you PWM control because they want you to buy a product called 'Corsair Link' where you hook up all the fans to a small box sitting in your 3.5" bay and connect that up to an available USB header on your mobo to control and monitor temps and RPM speeds.

    Grab a H50 or H70 if its cheap and just put 2 Scythe GTs on in push pull and you got a winning setup. My temps never go above 60'c with regular use. only time where it went around 70'c was when i was doing 12hrs of prime95@ maximum stress. get about 30-35'c idle.
     
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    I used to use an H70 and then I bought the EK H30 Supreme HF 360 kit. It's technically all in one. It comes in one big box. It is totally worth the money, no contest. Go for a cheaper kit. They make a 120 and a 240 kit also with varying parts depending on budget.
     
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    hey buddy,i got same chip,2500k, i just bought an antec kuhler h20 620 single fan radiator few days ago,i just installed an extra fan today that i had lying around,so it now has one on top,one underneath,i got temps sitting [according to asus ai softwares]

    cpu=21c
    mobo=19c
    its overclocked to=cpu-4738mhz,103.0x46
    gpu=1450mhz,using asus auto ai ,
    bit new to this,dont know if thats a good overclock,?when i went further up to 4900 it bsod,s.

    seems pretty stable to me,with the extra fan on,it dropped another 5 c,it cost me round 100$au delivered,going to get 2 better fans too,but dont know what good brand/performance etc

    i figure its a good unit so far,and,its not that loud,hope this helps anyhow.

    i know what u mean,theres so much to choose from out there,daunting lol!!!:)
     

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    Why not just go with a Noctua NH-D14. Its silent, and performs great. Better in fact than all these closed loop water coolers.(Except the H100, that can match it)
    I have the same board and there is plenty of space. And i also have a 2600K, overclocked to 4.8ghz, and never see temps above 61°C when gameing, and 73°C under prime blend or ibt. Plus you never have to worry it will ever brake down, which cannot be said for the pumps in the closed water loops.
     
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    It's actually only slightly better than a few closed loop water coolers, and it depends on conditions. I have a D14 and an H70 (don't use either now) and the H70 got slightly better load temps, so I'm guessing the Antec 920, H80, H100, and a few other coolers easily beat it out.

    The NH-D14 is a great and super silent cooler. The OP wanted water cooling though...
     
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    You are probably the only person in the universe that has better temps with a H70 compared to a NH-D14. Not to mention the noise difference. And the H100 is the only one that can beat(for a degree or two) the Noctua, at the cost of higher noise obviously.
     

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