Was considering going WC due to the lack of proper AIO cooling for 3960x's

Kewk

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I never really cared to look into water cooling because I don't do crazy overclocking. I can run my system at a 10% OC right now with a Deedcool AIO but it is kinda hot. Can hit 90 with extreme CPU use but usually sits around 75-80 with normal use. Idle I believe is around 45-55. I do want to push the system a little bit more and I would like to bring cooling down, maybe extend the life of the system as a result but I just put some parts together and it's a bit excessive considering I had read that I should just go watercool anyways coz it's not going to be "too much more" than an AIO lol but here I am with a $650 cart on amazon >__< Perhaps my part selection is just bad? Wrong?


Parts list:
-- EKWB EK-CoolStream Classic SE 120 Slim Radiator, Single Fan, Black
-- EKWB EK-CoolStream SE 420 Radiator, Slim Triple, Black
-- 2x CONISY 120mm PC Case Cooling Fan Super Silent Computer LED High Airflow Cooler Fans - Red (2 Pack)
-- Corsair Hydro X Series, XD3 RGB, Pump/Reservoir Combo
-- Corsair CX-9059001-WW Hydro X Series, Xt Softline, 10/13mm (3/8In/ 1/2In) ID/OD, Tubing
-- Corsair Hydro X Series 90° Rotary Adapter, Chrome, 2-Pack
-- 2x Corsair Hydro X Series XF Compression 10/13mm (3/8" / 1/2") ID/OD Fittings, White, 4-Pack
-- Corsair Hydro X Series XL5 Performance Coolant, 1 Liter, Red
-- Watercool HEATKILLER IV PRO CPU Water Block, Intel CPU, Acryl
 

thesmokingman

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What do you plan to do with it? What case is it going into?

The thing with watercooling is that the price to entry is obviously crazy high, but if you get good parts they will last you years. Think of it more like buying good tools. That's the way I think about. When I upgrade platforms, I don't sell my rads or fittings too right? No you keep all that and use it on your new setup. Thus yea, high entry cost but ya pay it once.

As for your parts... I'm not a fan of your choices. There's too much Corsair which is rebranded stuff, weak rads, wrong cpu block.



https://hardforum.com/threads/build-3970x-dual-2080ti-8tb-m-2-raid-render-monster.1990145/

Here's my TR build.
 

Kewk

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Definitely need to go back and look over the parts again. I did this at work but need to evaluate my case again. I wasn't even considering water cooling so my case is a bit small.
 

NightReaver

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Get a HWLabs GTR rad and push/pull that thing.

The scaling on those things with increased airflow is simply beautiful.
 
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I second HWlabs but a gts will do just fine and will allow you to stay with the slim rad and work with a great variety of fans. GTR is great but really only scales with high pressure, high rpm fans. I agree with Smokingman on the corsair components, they seem cheaply made to me. Heatkiller block is good, but you need the AM4 version.
 

thesmokingman

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I went with HWL GTX rads for the win, when I upgraded the 3970x rads. The rig now runs cooler than before while overclocked. I raised the power draw target from stock 280w to 350w. The GTX rads are worth every penny.
 

Iratus

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The Corsair radiators are hwlabs but much easier to get hold of. An XR5 420 will see you right. If your case can take the XR7 do think about it though, you’re looking at up to 500w with an oc Threadripper, as others mentioned the 120 won’t add much, but the radiator is pretty much the most important part.

The ekwb se series are absolute trash and incredibly restrictive. Source, I’ve got one. Can’t wait to get rid of it.

Might be worth looking at barrow fittings to see if they’re any cheaper.

Crazy how much fan prices have gone up to, the specs on the ones your chose aren’t amazing but the good ones are crazy money these days.
 
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