Just replaced my AIO water cooler with an air block on my CPU


and as expected, I have modest CPU heat increase - although I am running my 2600K @ 4.2Ghz over the 3.7Ghz stock. Maybe about a 10-20 degree increase.

But the overall case temps and specifically my GPU temps have shot down, even under gaming load. There is now a much greater airflow to the case itself - as no rad in the way and the extra internal fan to push air out.

AIO water isn’t always the best solution…


Which fan did you get?


Just my old Cooler Master that I was running on my previous media centre… so nothing too special. Other case fans are all Noctua.

I will probably get a better PSU fan at some point.


It isn’t cheap and looks like it was broken off a fusion reactor, but I can heartily recommend the NH-D14 cooler if you decide you want a new one. Very good cooler!


Ahh yes, the Noctua CPU coolers are amaziballs. I’ve invested in Noctua fans in everything else I have as I figure that they’ll transplant to any future systems as I need them.