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i think you can see my system below and i'm changing the 2600k to a 2500k and getting a AMD 6990 instead of a 580. But it just seems to be alot of effort. So what i want to ask you is basically the pros and cons from an experienced user
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Pros

1) Better temps
2) Less noise
3) Increased overclocks

Cons

1) Large initial investment required
2) Possibility of catastrophic water leak (if you're careless)

Only real effort is the setup. Maintenance is next to nothing.
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i think you can see my system below and i'm changing the 2600k to a 2500k and getting a AMD 6990 instead of a 580. But it just seems to be alot of effort. So what i want to ask you is basically the pros and cons from an experienced user
Changing your rig to a 2500k and a 6990 was unnecessary. With that being said, why not watercool it to ice the cake?
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i think you can see my system below and i'm changing the 2600k to a 2500k and getting a AMD 6990 instead of a 580. But it just seems to be alot of effort. So what i want to ask you is basically the pros and cons from an experienced user
It's really only worth it if you are in one of two situations:

1) You have money to blow and like having the best stuff.
or
2) You really enjoy being up-to-date with your hardware, and it's a hobby that makes you happy.

People will list the benefits or the downsides, but usually they fall into one of the two categories, or somewhere inbetween. It's rare that someone buys watercooling specifically for lowered sound levels (and if they do, they usually still fall into one of the two categories above).

I doubt you have an excess of money where you don't mind blowing it on frivolous expenses, considering you are downgrading to a 2500k. So you're not in category one.

So if you see yourself as being in category number two then really... it's up to you. Will it make you happy?
    
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post #5 of 44
Watercooling,worth it ?Absolutely!

the initial setup cost can be high like with anything,i think my total setup cost including the chiller and absolutely everything that i needed to get my gpus and cpu cold was around £100.
If you got money to flash on brand new tech then the w/c kit is a drop in the ocean...

The silence of the computer when playing a game is priceless,i still sometimes get nervous like i think something is wrong when i dont hear the fans ramping up,yet a quick peek to the coretemp/gpu temp down in the bottom right shows everything is as it should be.
Of course you have to be sensible with leaks etc but if you check everything twice and fit it once you shouldn't have issues.
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post #6 of 44
It gets addictive. The initial investment can be quite expensive if you are buying high quality components. Just to get my loop going (rad, res, pump, CPU block, GPU block, Barbs, fans, tubes, SLI bridge) cost me over $700.

Now I am at almost $1200 after upgrading my loop, changing out fans, changing tubing (new barbs required), adding more rads, fan controller for all of the fans, etc. I could have upgraded my entire platform to Sandy Bridge for what I invested in my water cooling setup.

I expect this to let me run my Core i7-870 between 4.2-4.4 GHz and my overclocked GTX 570s nice and cool. When I am not folding, gaming, or converting BluRay rips, I can turn the fans down and it runs near silent.
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post #7 of 44
I went from air to water and i think it was worth the money i spent. Obviously it has its pros and cons

Pros:
Cooler
Quieter
More room for overclock

Cons:
Cost
The possibility of a leak*

*Probably the same, if not lower, than the risk of your heavy CPU cooler snapping the CPU socket away from the rest of the motherboard.
post #8 of 44
i have a watercooled system for 2 years now. i can tell you, there is no turning back now

H50 to Syscooling
Syscooling to RASA XSPC RX240 + Kollance 370 + Black Ice stealth 240

Temps keep on going down along with my watecooling upgrades.

Be careful though, watercooling is addictive!
    
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No not really
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Not really. I had a full loop and I really didn't see much differences. My full loop consisted of;

Swifty MCR320
Swifty MCR220
Swifty MCP355 w/XSPC top
Swifty GTZ
Swifty MCW60
Swifty MCRES V2

I ran pretty cool, but to be honest, compared to my H50 (push/pull) and my AXP combo, I am running about the same as far as noise/speed. Plus its a ton cheaper and less maintenance, and yes I had leaks, everyone has leaks I don't care what anyone tells you, everyone gets them at one point in time.
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