Didn't want to use the word n00b cause I've been around hardware, but I've never ever touched or used a Liquid Cooling kit.
Very recently I upgraded my system. Got an ASUS P5Q Deluxe (P45), Intel Q9450 & 4GB DDR2-1000 PC2-8000 Memory Kit. I've already OC'd my system to 3.8Ghz 24/7 Stable, on air.
On full load the CPU hovers around 70 degrees. On idle it's around 37 ~ 40. I have the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro, for the last 4 years now - and a whole bunch of case fans and what not. It's served me well. But now it's time to move on to Liquid Cooling.
I'm looking to buy a liquid cooling kit. I only have two requirements...
- Cost: Around $200
- Cooling: Definately needs to bring that 70 degrees down as much as possible
I don't care about how loud it is, how much noise it makes, how it looks like, how bulky it is, yada-yada. I really don't care about anything at all, as long as it's the BEST you can get for around $200, in terms of quality and how good it cools.
Most important thing - I know a lot of you will jump in to tell me to build my own. Well, i just don't want to. I'm too new to it, and I really just want something delivered to my home, that I can take out of the box, hook it up (installation) and get it working. I'm really, really just looking for a complete Kit. I don't wish to spend looking around for components, doing that whole research, getting them together & then building it. I'll do that one day, just not now - maybe two years from now when I upgrade to Nehalem or Sandy Bridge.
Anyhow, thus far I've been looking at ZALMAN ZM - Reserator1 V2, which looks pretty good & not too difficult to assemble. I truly don't know how good it cools and how good it really is (Apart from Newegg Customer Comments), so I'd like a word on that. Other then I've looked at Swiftech H20-220-APEX-GT and GIGABYTE GH-WIU02 3D Galaxy II.
I'm open to all suggestion, any brand, any make or model - like I said - just needs to be around $200, preferably no more - and needs to cool really well.
Would really appreciate any advice, suggestion guys - as always - you're the best!!
PS: I'd like to avoid buying from Newegg, they charge sales tax in NY, sucks - unless I really have to. Thanks!