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Best AIOs for around $80

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Like the title says, what are the best AIOs for around $80. Looking for efficiency over aesthetics 

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If you care about efficiency, so this price point the NH-D15 is likely better for performance and noise. Any particular reason why you want to use a liquid cooler? If its not beyond "I like the sound of it" then you should stick to air cooling.

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2 minutes ago, AngryBeaver said:

These are your options. Look up reviews on them and pick the one you feel is the best fit for you.

oh yeaaa, I forgot about using pc partpicker lmao 

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2 minutes ago, For Science! said:

If you care about efficiency, so this price point the NH-D15 is likely better for performance and noise. Any particular reason why you want to use a liquid cooler? If its not beyond "I like the sound of it" then you should stick to air cooling.

I mean it does sound cool lmao, but I just wanna see which ones are out there. I know liquid cooling can be tricky, but it looks cleaner than a bulky cpu air cooler. 

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3 minutes ago, AngryBeaver said:

These are your options. Look up reviews on them and pick the one you feel is the best fit for you.

 

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I'd personally go for the EVGA CLC 240. I have the CLC 120 and CLC 280 and they're great, no issues so far. Stock fans are a loud if you let them spin up, but if you mess with the fan curve they never actually need to go above 40% to keep it cool. 


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Storage again: HyperX Fury 120GB SSD
Storage: WD Blue 1TB HDD

More storage: 2TB Seagate Barracuda
GPU: 2x EVGA 1080 Superclocked ACX 3.0
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass
PSU: EVGA 1000 G3, CableMod Pro Carbon cables

 

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11 minutes ago, Zando Bob said:

I'd personally go for the EVGA CLC 240. I have the CLC 120 and CLC 280 and they're great, no issues so far. Stock fans are a loud if you let them spin up, but if you mess with the fan curve they never actually need to go above 40% to keep it cool. 

when compared to the cooler master masterliquid lite 240, which is only $60, which would you choose? 

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21 minutes ago, lmeneses said:

when compared to the cooler master masterliquid lite 240, which is only $60, which would you choose? 

Haven't looked at tests for the ML Lite 240, but given that EVGA has always been great in my experience, and their customer support is amazing, I'd still choose the CLC. Like I said, I have two of them, and then 5 GPUs from them (2x 1080 SC, a 980 Ti SC, and a 1050 and 1050 Ti FTW), and 3 of the G3 PSUs, haven't had any issues with their products so far. 


HMU if you need benchmarks on a 1050, 1050 Ti, 980 Ti, or 1080. Planning on getting more GPUs in the future too... 😉 If you wanna discuss the X58 platform and get tips and advice: General X58 Xeon/i7 discussion. If you want to discuss old Star Wars games like Battlefront II and KOTOR, check out my thread: Anyone still playing old Star Wars games? 

 

Long live his RGBness, @Damascus! And Fractal Design/SeaSonic dude, @Ordinarily_Greater is awesome as well! Also the man who introduced me to the glorious XCMR, @WhisperingKnickers.

 

Current build:

CPU: Ryzen 7 2700X

CPU Cooler: EVGA CLC 280
Motherboard: ASUS Crosshair VII Hero WiFi
Memory: 16GB Corsair Vengeance RGB 3000MHz

Storage: 500GB WD Black NVMe M.2 SSD
Storage again: HyperX Fury 120GB SSD
Storage: WD Blue 1TB HDD

More storage: 2TB Seagate Barracuda
GPU: 2x EVGA 1080 Superclocked ACX 3.0
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass
PSU: EVGA 1000 G3, CableMod Pro Carbon cables

 

Laptop: ASUS K570UD

CPU: i5 8250U

RAM: 8GB 2400MHz DDR4

GPU: GTX 1050 2GB

Storage: 256GB Sandisk SSD (OEM M.2)

More storage: 1TB Seagate Barracuda Pro

 

2012 MacBook Pro (Work): 2.9GHz i5, 16GB RAM, 525GB SSD. 

 

iPhone X: Magic, a good camera, some more magic. 

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34 minutes ago, lmeneses said:

when compared to the cooler master masterliquid lite 240, which is only $60, which would you choose? 

Originally thought this was going to be thinner than the regular version that is $5 more, but I was wrong. So maybe their is a difference in FPI density.

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16 hours ago, lmeneses said:

Looking for efficiency over aesthetics 

Then get a Noctua NH-D15


Personal Use Rig:
CPU:  Intel Core i9 9900K @4.7ghz  |~| Cooling: Noctua NH-D9L |~|  MOBO: Asus Z390M ROG Maximus XI GENE |~| RAM: 32gb 3200mhz CL16 G.Skill Trident Z RGB |~| GPU: Founders Edition RTX 2080Ti  |~| PSU: Corsair TX650M  80Plus Gold |~| Boot:  Intel Optane Memory 32 GB   |~| Storage: 2X3TB HDD 7200rpm Seagate Barracuda + 2X2TB SSD SanDisk Ultra |~| Case: Cooler Master Case Pro 3 |~| Display: ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q 3440x1440p100hz |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro.
Workstation Rig(My brother's, I use it too [:
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1800X @4.1ghz |~| Cooling: Cooler Master V8 GTS |~| MOBO: Asus X370 Prime-Pro |~| RAM: 64gb DDR4 3200mhzCL16 Corsair Vengeance LPX |~| GPU: PNY nVidia Quadro P4000 |~| PSU: Corsair RM850x 80Plus Gold |~| Boot: 500gb Samsung EVO 850 |~| Storage: 3x3TB HDD 7200rpm Seagate Barracuda |~| Display Setup: Acer X34 3440x1440p100hz |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro.
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Posted · Original PosterOP
3 hours ago, Princess Cadence said:

Then get a Noctua NH-D15

I meant for water coolers, but I would most likely get the d15 if I went with air

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Just now, lmeneses said:

I meant for water coolers, but I would most likely get the d15 if I went with air

AiO aren't worth the hassle, they cost more for less performance and more noise while their fail rate is way too high while air coolers last pretty much forever as replacing fans (which also usually lasts great deal of time) is super easy.


Personal Use Rig:
CPU:  Intel Core i9 9900K @4.7ghz  |~| Cooling: Noctua NH-D9L |~|  MOBO: Asus Z390M ROG Maximus XI GENE |~| RAM: 32gb 3200mhz CL16 G.Skill Trident Z RGB |~| GPU: Founders Edition RTX 2080Ti  |~| PSU: Corsair TX650M  80Plus Gold |~| Boot:  Intel Optane Memory 32 GB   |~| Storage: 2X3TB HDD 7200rpm Seagate Barracuda + 2X2TB SSD SanDisk Ultra |~| Case: Cooler Master Case Pro 3 |~| Display: ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q 3440x1440p100hz |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro.
Workstation Rig(My brother's, I use it too [:
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1800X @4.1ghz |~| Cooling: Cooler Master V8 GTS |~| MOBO: Asus X370 Prime-Pro |~| RAM: 64gb DDR4 3200mhzCL16 Corsair Vengeance LPX |~| GPU: PNY nVidia Quadro P4000 |~| PSU: Corsair RM850x 80Plus Gold |~| Boot: 500gb Samsung EVO 850 |~| Storage: 3x3TB HDD 7200rpm Seagate Barracuda |~| Display Setup: Acer X34 3440x1440p100hz |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro.
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Posted · Original PosterOP
2 minutes ago, Princess Cadence said:

AiO aren't worth the hassle, they cost more for less performance and more noise while their fail rate is way too high while air coolers last pretty much forever as replacing fans (which also usually lasts great deal of time) is super easy.

yea, AIOs are cool tho. I will probably go air just cause I feel I will get a bad AIO, and it will leak lmao 

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11 minutes ago, lmeneses said:

yea, AIOs are cool tho. I will probably go air just cause I feel I will get a bad AIO, and it will leak lmao 

And if it leaks and kills a component on your system, you'll never get a refund on said component, RMA of these things and what not is a losing battle regardless the brand you buy.

 

Trust me, you can still go AiO if you absolutely want to, It's just not the best solution.


Personal Use Rig:
CPU:  Intel Core i9 9900K @4.7ghz  |~| Cooling: Noctua NH-D9L |~|  MOBO: Asus Z390M ROG Maximus XI GENE |~| RAM: 32gb 3200mhz CL16 G.Skill Trident Z RGB |~| GPU: Founders Edition RTX 2080Ti  |~| PSU: Corsair TX650M  80Plus Gold |~| Boot:  Intel Optane Memory 32 GB   |~| Storage: 2X3TB HDD 7200rpm Seagate Barracuda + 2X2TB SSD SanDisk Ultra |~| Case: Cooler Master Case Pro 3 |~| Display: ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q 3440x1440p100hz |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro.
Workstation Rig(My brother's, I use it too [:
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1800X @4.1ghz |~| Cooling: Cooler Master V8 GTS |~| MOBO: Asus X370 Prime-Pro |~| RAM: 64gb DDR4 3200mhzCL16 Corsair Vengeance LPX |~| GPU: PNY nVidia Quadro P4000 |~| PSU: Corsair RM850x 80Plus Gold |~| Boot: 500gb Samsung EVO 850 |~| Storage: 3x3TB HDD 7200rpm Seagate Barracuda |~| Display Setup: Acer X34 3440x1440p100hz |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro.
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