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I'm now using my new rig I just built, and my wife bought (ha) my previous rig(built April, 2011).

Should I replace the AIO CPU cooler on it because of it's age, or if it suddenly fails, would the motherboard automatically shut down to prevent damage? It's an Asus P8P67 with an i7-2600k cpu at stock speed, with an nVidia 980Ti.
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Re: As a precaution, replace AIO CPU cooler on 5 1/2 yr old computer?
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2016, 07:43:57 AM »
That's one heck of a good-natured wife you have there, supporting your PC habit!

What cooler is currently installed? While failure of old AIO coolers is possible, especially first-gen designs, the bigger issue from my point of view is that the PC doesn't need it. An air cooler would be so much quieter, making the pc more pleasant to use. See the TBG CPU Cooler Buyer's Guide for some options if you're interested.
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Re: As a precaution, replace AIO CPU cooler on 5 1/2 yr old computer?
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2016, 04:21:05 PM »
She agreed to $500 for the old rig. I explained it would cost her $800 to $1,000 for a new computer.  8) (I used to work for Goldman Sachs...ha). Oh, and she got my M-Audio AV40 (2.0) speakers as well... she scored a deal and will never admit it.

The AIO is an Antec/Kuhler H20 920. I'll check out the guide. Thanks.
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Re: As a precaution, replace AIO CPU cooler on 5 1/2 yr old computer?
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2016, 08:42:41 PM »
She agreed to $500 for the old rig. I explained it would cost her $800 to $1,000 for a new computer.  8) (I used to work for Goldman Sachs...ha). Oh, and she got my M-Audio AV40 (2.0) speakers as well... she scored a deal and will never admit it.

The AIO is an Antec/Kuhler H20 920. I'll check out the guide. Thanks.

Yeah, she got a pretty good deal, but it's you who got the REALLY good deal! ;)

In terms of coolers, I'd go for something quiet and easy to install. My two favorite coolers right now are the Arctic i32 and the Noctua NH-U14S. For your wife, the cheaper i32 would be ideal.