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Your opinion: Is water cooling worth the $?

Poll Results: Is water cooling worth the dollar?

 
  • 22% (43)
    Yes, it is definitely worth every penny.
  • 42% (79)
    Yes, it was a worthwhile investment.
  • 24% (46)
    There are better things to do with my money.
  • 10% (19)
    No, it is not worth the money at all.
187 Total Votes  
post #1 of 87
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Vote, and if you want to be more specific, I guess you could include the following:

Performance: x/10
Cost: x/10
Worth your money: x/10

Also if you want include how much you have spent on water cooling parts alone.
post #2 of 87
For me it isn't worth it. I spent 200 getting my XPSC Rasa 360 kit and tubing. I could have gotten more RAM instead. I just wouldn't be able to keep a 4.5Hz overclock daily...
post #3 of 87
Entirely dependant on what you expect out of it, and why you did it.

I did it because my Air cooling was very loud, and it's now silent, so yes, worth it.

On the other hand, it was close to £550 and now my PC weighs a metric ton with close to 3L of water in it.
    
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post #4 of 87
Not worth it for me. I think water cooling looks cool and can be a hobby all by itself but heat pipes are perfectly sufficient for my needs. FT02 FTW!
    
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post #5 of 87
As waffle stated, it depends on what you are expecting to gain from going wet

I original went with water over air to get rid of the loud 7950GT fans and get a major OC out of my Intel P4 630

Now I have a pair of 470's and we all no how loud they can be, plus a 930@4.2ghz.
24/7.
Cost, I don't buy it all at once that way I don't have to think about the cost to much
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post #6 of 87
Yes, every penny of it!

Performance 10/10
Price 5/10
Worth 10/10

Even though the price of WC is high, the cpu, mobo, GPU & perhaps the memory will be upgraded intermittently, the WC parts will always be there to cool, give less noise, give extra performance for the hardware I've got. I can always resell the hardware & possibly the mobo & GPU blocks at a loss when upgrading but that's to be expected.

Come to think of it, I don't have to resell it. I'll just buy/build a new rig & WC it.... again!
 
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post #7 of 87
Here would be my take on it:

Performance 10/10 (there is no qualms about this. water cool done right delivers)

Price 8/10 (you can go all kinds of crazy with wc and waste tons of money. But to me it is worth the money if you go with what is absolutely necessary. Example, no point in running multi loop when cooling a CPU and two GPU).

Worth 8/10 (The only reason I took two points off is because I now locked myself in as far as GPU is concerned - and perhaps to an extent CPU. If I am to upgrade each year, I will have to find buyer for GPU AND water blocks to make any kind of economic sense to upgrade. But it is worth it to ME because I do not upgrade that often and my rig is now cooler as well as quieter than air cooling)
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post #8 of 87
The setups that I think have seen their peak are the 500.00 cpu only loops. People are starting to say that it is just too much and are going to start looking harder for lower priced options (like the kits we are seeing now). Sure there still will be people that spend this on loops but I think it is going to fall out of the mainstream like it has been for the past 3-4 years or so. Nothing lasts forever and I do feel the glory days of watercooling are moving past us BUT there will be some form of watercooling offered just not as many people buying discrete parts for custom loops. I see more of a move towards kits,simply to get the price down a bit.
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post #9 of 87
I'd certainly like to do it, but I only see it as a worthwhile investment for high-end components. For me it all depends on the build and what I want to accomplish.
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post #10 of 87
Hard to say, hard to say. I guess if you want both great performance and low noise, then WCing is the way to go, since you can use lower RPM fans and still get great cooling. If you dont care about noise, then its still better of course, but unless you plan on doing ridiculous overclocks ACing would probably suffice. But if you do want to overclock you components a lot, like a lot of us here @ OCN, then WCing might be a good idea, unless you feel content running your CPU at 75-80c all day. For some, like me, its all about the e-peen and looks. I dont need to watercool my CPU, but I want to, because I think its awesome.
To me it is worth it, and my next build will be WC'ed aswell.
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