Water Cooling really necessary?
Well here's the scenario,
I am running an Athlon XP 2500+ as my gaming system (I know it's old but games I like to play still run perfectly).
It's currently upgrade to 2.13ghz from 1.86ghz. I want to try and get it to at least 2.3ghz. The temp at idle is about 44C and under maximum load about 55C.
This is of course with the stock AMD HSF (Which is fairly poor), good air case cooling (Thermaltake Soprano) and stock thermal paste (not the good stuff like Artic Silver).
Now I'm thinking about upgrading the system soon to a 64bit processor new mb etc (still agp though).
Would it be better for me to go with a new HSF (Thermaltake Big Typhoon, which is compatiable for both Socket A and 939, therefore I wouldn't have to spend extra money buying two HSF's when I upgrade).
So would it be worth getting water cooling? Does my system really need it? (take into account the new HSF and thermal paste).
I was just thinking about a kit, like the Thermaltake Bigwater SE or something, not building my own.
Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 *Cooled with Thermaltake Mini-Typhoon* || Intel Quad Core Q6600
2gb Kingston 667 DDR2 RAM || 4gb Kingston 667Mhz DDR2 RAM
Gigabyte 512mb 8800GTS (683/2150)
250gb Seagate HDD (ATA133) 7200rpm/16mb cache || 750gb SATA2 Seagate HDD
ASUS MW221U 22" Widescreen 2ms.
Logitech Z-5500D 5.1 Speakers
Creative X-fi Xtreme Gamer Fatal1ty edition
3DMark06 Score = 8524 (1280x1024)