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Budget WC or TEC cooling?

Apr 5, 2005
6,571 (1.42/day)
Republic of Asia (a.k.a Irvine), CA
System Name Red Spy
Processor FX 8350 @ 4.35 Ghz with 1.28v
Motherboard Gigabyte 990FX-UD3 v4.0
Cooling TT Water 3.0 Performer + 2 x Cougar 120mm fan, 1 x 120mm Blue LED, 1 x 200 mm Red LED fan
Memory Kingston HyperX DDR3 1333 16GB
Video Card(s) Asus R9 290 OC @ GPU - 1050, MEM - 1300
Storage ADATA 128GB Sata III SSD for OS, WDC Black - 1TB Storage, OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD - Games
Display(s) AOC 23" 1080P LCD
Case AeroCool XPredator X3
Audio Device(s) Built-in Realtek
Power Supply Corsair HX1000 Modular
Software Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
Benchmark Scores BF4 with Mantle on Ultra settings gets around 60 FPS.
I have this kit with me.


I know its crap, but can I use any of the parts may the radiator, pump, fan etc and buy a better CPU block, tubing, liquid, reservoir and flow indicator? Is it worth it?

I found a good Abit board that clocks easily to 270 HTT. I thought of pulling out my 5600 (from Jetway board that does not clock more than 250HTT) and pump some more volts thru it to see if I can achieve 3.7Ghz (I wish:rolleyes:).

Should I go with Het's http://forums.techpowerup.com/showthread.php?t=66527 - Thermaltake ProWater 850i Liquid Cooler - instead?

Or Should I go TEC?

Worth the pain?

Please advice.


Feb 12, 2008
920 (0.26/day)
Rockclimbing somewhere in Italy
Processor e6300 @ 3000, stock Volts
Motherboard msi p35 neo2-FIR
Cooling HDT-1283
Memory 2gb tracers 1066 micron d9GMH, cooled by a modded CoolIt Memory Cooler
Video Card(s) HIS 4850 ICEQ4
Storage WD Caviar 16 320gb WDAAKS + 640gb WDAAKS
Case CM RC-690 sligthly modded
Power Supply Bequiet darkpower PRO 850W (say overkill? :D)
Software kubuntu 8.10 + Windows XP, soon Windows 7 too
stay away from tt water coolers! never and never buy them! they will probably destroy your system... and that tec isn't that good, i'd say go for an HDT cooler, such as a sunbeam core contact.
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