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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.
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post #21 of 87
It really depends.
On one hand, my rasa rs240 + rx120 had decreased my load temps by 10-15C
and without piecing my ears.
But on the other hand, i have spent almost 250 usd for the rad, Compressions barbs, Black tubing and a new pump since mine failed.
but in my book. totally worth it
     
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post #22 of 87
I got my EK 240 Supreme kit two months ago, it cools my 920 @ 4ghz really well but spending 380$ for an EK kit is too much while there are small coolers like H70 or the new H100 perform at the same level just make me say its not worth the effort/money although water cooling kit installation is fun but still what you care about is the result.
post #23 of 87
It depends..It helped my temps..but I use the same loud fan I was using with Air Cooling. I just need to get some GTs and I'll be set But noise doesn't bother me...It bothers my parents
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post #24 of 87
Personally id say yes if there high end parts; they let you get higher overclock, be alot quiter than air cooling, and will undoubtably increase resale value due to the slim chance of damage from excessive voltage/heat. I'd pay more for something if i knew it had bene watercooled all its life.
post #25 of 87
Initially all I wanted to do was to put my GTX 480's under water. I could not stand the incredible amount of noise and heat that they would put out on air, it actually made my gaming experience very unpleasant most of the time.

But now that I have my 480's under water, life is good! And having a 980x under water with a nice overclock makes life even better! About the only thing in my loop that I feel that I may have wasted money on is my ram cooler. For now, I have it pretty much for looks. As soon as there is a full board block available for my motherboard, I'm going take the ram cooler out of my loop.

Looking back, I am glad I made the jump to water cooling and I can't see myself ever going back to air.

Performance: 10/10
Cost: 8/10
Worth my money: 10/10
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post #26 of 87
Quote:
Originally Posted by kiwiasian View Post
How about for that person (me) who doesn't care about badassness, but rather just wants good temps and low noise?

Probably a low end loop would suffice for me..
Started with a $300 cpu loop a few years ago way before the Rasa kits came out and the more I researched and read the more I knew I wanted better parts and more blocks. Performance/ noise has never been a reason to watercool for me, just the experience of assembling it and having the components last longer due to lower temps since they fold 24/7. I can't recommend watercooling unless you go all out doing it (cpu, ram, mobo, gpus, multi rad, multi pump) since there really isn't that much of a difference in the performance of the computer with watercooling. what is another 200-400mhz when overclocking? not really enough to ever matter. Phase change is really the only place you'll see huge 24/7 improvements over stock. Once starting wc it eventually turns into an addiction. Around ~$2300 in wc parts in my sig rig and I constantly see things that can be done better or replaced with better parts.
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post #27 of 87
Taxes/shipping brought me up to just over $1300.
(all fittings/bling included)

Performance: 10/10 no question about it...I can push clocks with more than sufficient cooling.

Cost: 7/10 Blocks aren't cheap...radiators aren't either.

Worth your money: 9/10 Quieted down my gpu's and previous cpu air cooler...still a bit noisy (rads still need fans) but at the tradeoff of being able to squeeze more hz out of my gear.
post #28 of 87
I had a relatively silent CPU cooler that worked just fine before watercooling. I watercooled my CPU because the used package that I bought came with a decent CPU block, but it was mostly for the radiator, pump, and reservoirs.

The reason I wanted watercooling was the hideous sound of stock 6950 GPU coolers under load. I could have dropped $60-90 on high-end air cooling solutions for them, but then it's more fans and more chances of getting a loud fan. Instead it was $90/GPU to stick a watercooling block on them to make them SILENT, and $30 for a fan controller that keeps the radiator fans quiet automatically, or ramps them up to still very reasonable volumes when needed. I've probably dropped around $450-$500 on my CPU/GPU/GPU loop, which is inexpensive compared to people who go the extra mile for shiny blocks and fancy fittings who would have spent hundreds more than I for the same function. I love the tinkering of watercooling that you don't get with air cooling.

Performance 8/10 <- I didn't have high demands on this. My crappy 2600k stops itself at 3.8 not because of temps. GPUs clock as high as people with air cooling get theirs.
Price 8/10 <- Buying used is a huge plus and way to make it affordable
Worth the money 8/10 <- Again, buying used allows me to more comfortably say this.
post #29 of 87
well ima say its worth it but not till you got the system of your liking. once you got all the water cooling basic supplies it doesn't cost as much when upgrading parts of your system. with my overclock my room used to heat up like an oven but ever since i mounted my rad in the window so that it blows the hot air out it stays cooler and more enjoyable for me let alone quieter.
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post #30 of 87
Watercooling a gaming system is a fun hobby that requires attention and maintenance.

If you are in it just for the enjoyment of tinkering and don't mind the cost, then it is worth it.

If you expect some kind of amazing difference in real world performance, system noise, or longevity of your parts then you may be disappointed.
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