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post #31 of 44
Depends what you want to get out of your PC. If you're facebooking and checking e-mails then no, I can't imagine seeing a need, much less a want, for watercooling. If you're OC'ing your hardware to max games and over devices and applications then it definitely has its place.

When I was on strictly air, I had to ramp up the RPM on the fans to keep the stuff cool and so there was a good bit of noise. Not to mention hardware getting that hot and only being pushed out of the case puts it directly into your room, increasing your overall ambient temperature. I noticed a good 5-7 degree increase between rooms when I was on air. My reasons for going to water were thus lower noise and better heat dissipation. Both of which have been mightily conquered by watercooling.
post #32 of 44
It absolutely matters on several things. My main reason for advising against liquid on a CPU only loop is this.

Is that last few MHz that you'll gain worth the price of the cast between the air cooler and liquid? That being said I'm going to liquid on my amd quad core on a CPU only loop as I want to put that to the test myself (Parts should have been delivered today, but I missed fedex). I kind of wonder how far you can push with water, as the main reason to overclock initially for many is to get more for less, but when you put more in cooling, are you really gaining, or just adding something neat to your system, and quieting it? I'll let you know when I find out for myself.

Also, a quick FYI, air can be quiet and effective depending no the power you need. Core2 duo 3.5GHz maxes at 58c while running prime95 on a $20 212+ for me. (quad core would need more though definitely)
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post #33 of 44
I think it's worth in terms of noise, overclock capability and price/performance ration as long as you keep it relatively simple. In fact, it is like that with many things in life. It is only when you start to exaggerate that things start to get complicated, expensive and go wrong.
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post #34 of 44
pros
silent (if you cool gpu and cpu)
looks good
fun
cooler

cons
expensive
can be loud
needs space
leak risk
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post #35 of 44
if you got the money...then yes...otherwise for the $...you can easily put it into better parts for your rig....unless you already have the best parts...which means you already have the money lol.
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post #36 of 44
buy a rasa kit and toss a wb on your card poof bye bye temp worries hello max overclock potential (unless you have some l2n and pots in your closet).
    
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How do people say that they spent like $200 - $400?! Thats insanely low and its probably because of older equipment but still! In my sig rig, I ordered all new parts coming in next week and it cost me $800 for just the cpu and 2gpu's cooled! Where are you guys buying it from that its so cheap?
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post #38 of 44
i have 2 x 3x120mm, 2 x 2x120mm rad's, 2 pumps, 2 res, 2 water blocks HK, tubing, ect ect total spend = £180 to water cool 2 pcs in the house on the CPUs only. How come .. bought the whole dammed lot second hand of people .... except for 1 HK.

I now have 6 water cooled pcs in the house in total and i have never spent more than £100 adding water cooling to my pcs, but then again i don't like the bling side of water cooling, i do it to keep pcs quiet ad cool and for testing purposes only.

why by BP fitting and all that shiny kit you might as well just hang the pc around your neck and walk down the street talking like your from Jamaica . yo man look at my bling ... pmsl. 1/2 the stuff people bling out is never seen which is even more amazing.
Edited by Mayhem - 6/1/11 at 11:14pm
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i have 2 x 3x120mm, 2 x 2x120mm rad's, 2 pumps, 2 res, 2 water blocks HK, tubing, ect ect total spend = £180 to water cool 2 pcs in the house on the CPUs only. How come .. bought the whole dammed lot second hand of people .... except for 1 HK.

I now have 6 water cooled pcs in the house in total and i have never spent more than £100 adding water cooling to my pcs, but then again i don't like the bling side of water cooling, i do it to keep pcs quiet ad cool and for testing purposes only.

why by BP fitting and all that shiny kit you might as well just hang the pc around your neck and walk down the street talking like your from Jamaica . yo man look at my bling ... pmsl. 1/2 the stuff people bling out is never seen which is even more amazing.
Post some pics of your setups! lol You don't need to hide'em around here. This is OCN, get yer g33k on and post those up!

I'd love to get into watercooling too, that's my next step in upgrades, but not anytime soon. (Need other upgrades first!)

At least this is an informative post for those that wanted to know the pros/cons and what others think about watercooling.
post #40 of 44
me post my systems lol. erm check google for c-macc's , c-macc's 2 (water cooled and subzero cooled arcade systems), and i think ive posted in you water cooling show off threads, and a few on bit tech and various other places in the past.
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