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Posted 12 October 2012 - 03:39 PM

Building a new PC in the near future and I have enough room in my budget for either an SSD or water cooling.
The current hard drive is 7200rpm 6.0gb/s SATA drive, the processor in question is AMD FX-8150 3.6ghz.

I've heard the 8150 with stock cooling can be pushed to 4 ghz OC no problem, someone claims they have it stable at 5.1ghz with water cooling (my ambient temp is high, I really doubt I could push it that hard).

So, SSD or water cooling?

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 03:47 PM

Honestly, I saw a much greater difference with my cheap SSD than overclocking my processor.
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 04:02 PM

Do you have a water cooling setup? I'm partially curious about the noise.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 04:33 PM

I don't, but I really want one.

Noise wise, I imagine it's just like a fan system, depends on how you set it up. Put some rubber matting under the pump, and use nice slow fans.
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 07:04 PM

Hm. Tough decisions. ><

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 12:48 PM

Get the SSD, you'll feel the improvement, just an OC won't be very noticeable probably.
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Posted 13 October 2012 - 01:55 PM

Yeah I'm leaning towards the SSD. I wouldn't mind having all my documents on a completely separate hard drive anyway.

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 03:08 PM

What SSD are you looking at?
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Posted 13 October 2012 - 03:29 PM

Yeah I'm leaning towards the SSD. I wouldn't mind having all my documents on a completely separate hard drive anyway.

But a WC loop would be epic, right? >.>
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Posted 13 October 2012 - 04:00 PM

Nothing specific yet, I'll see what sales roll around on cyber Monday.

But a WC loop would be epic, right? >.>

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 04:01 PM

Because I'm currently torturing myself over not having one as well. I know I don't need one, but it would look so cool.
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Posted 13 October 2012 - 04:42 PM

Try and get one with glowing green or red or blue fluid :o if that's possible. It would be AWESOME together with a casemod
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Posted 13 October 2012 - 04:50 PM

I've been a fan of the white hosing and lights with black everything else lately.
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Posted 13 October 2012 - 08:46 PM

One thing I've noticed helps with cooling too: A properly ventillated case.

Now, you'll notice MUCH better performance increase from an SSD over straight watercooling kit and maybe overclocking.

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 08:52 PM

Your HDD is always going to be the biggest bottleneck. I agree with the sentiment to get an SSD first.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 12:13 AM

What is your budget? You could get one of those smaller non-custom water cooling systems for just your processor.

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16835181010

It is cheaper than a custom, full system water cooling setup.

Then you could go with a smaller SSD for docs.

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820167121

Less than $200 for both. I know that custom water cooling costs more than that.