Hey y'all yaay MRCL's back yaay who the hell is that guy I've recently developed an interest in the hardware scene again, hence me hanging around here more frequently. I also took up overclocking again. To some degree anyways. That i7 860 is running stable at almost 3.6GHz now with temps in the mid 60s. I don't see much gain tough with my current cooling situation. Now, I could watercool again. I have experience in that. I'm just not sure if its worth it with this hardware. My setup is from 2010, with only the GPU updated around 2011 or 2012 and some more RAM thrown in recently. I hear Haswell is all the rage now, and it seems to oc pretty good. So I have my doubts about going liquid with my current setup. I still have some parts lying around, mainly fittings and rads wich saves me a couple hundreds but still I'm not sure if its worth it. Other possibility is to update to Haswell standards, but that requires new CPU, new mobo... and potentially a new GPU since that thing is pretty much outdated by now. Didn't see any 5x series carried by the etailers here anymore. So upgrading also costs much, and I'd be restricted to aircooling (for a while). Would that make more sense? Would I be able to squeeze a significant performance gain out of Haswell? Or should I just shut my first world problem mouth, be happy with my current stuff and await the next generation chips? Water setup would set me back at least 400 bucks if I do CPU and GPU (and a new case). New shiny stuff 600 at least, 900 with a new GPU (say, a 770). For now my current setup holds up but I begin to notice weaknesses in demanding games. So yeah... Option A: Watercool my current setup, overclock and survive for a bit -> cheaper Option B: Upgrade CPU, mobo and possibly GPU, long term investment -> more expensive Option C: Do nothing, overclock as well as possible and wait for the new hardware iterations. Opinions? I'm kinda torn but drawn to option C due to lack of any input besides my own research, so I'd like to hear your side. I'm open for an option D if somebody comes up with one. As for budget, well I don't like four figure numbers, but I've recently been relieved of a significant financial burden (girlfriend) so there's that.