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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 #31 of 87
i think its hard to say.

if you are overclocking and you want to go further. want lower temps..
or just want a quiter computer.. yeah sure
if its not oced ect i wouldnt worry..

eg. my cpu cooler + 2 quite fans is heaps for my motherboard atm, cause i carnt oc any further on this board.
my gtx 460 on the other hand.. is quite Hot and runs pretty dam loud haha so would love wcing for that. but dont have the money

if you got the money i say go for it. its easy to change out for new hardware as well. just have to upgrade the gpu block or cpu block.. and stuff now is compatible with more then 1 socket anyways
    
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post #32 of 87
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jayrock View Post
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.
Sadly I feel this is true.
post #33 of 87
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jayrock View Post
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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post #34 of 87
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jayrock View Post
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.
Nail on the head.
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post #35 of 87
I water cool mainly to have a quiter system. Which water cooling is able to do AND have top notch performance.

For CPU overclocking it really isn't needed. I am running at 4GHz on water at 45° load temps. If I was on air cooling I would still be at 4GHz, but run at probably 65° (maybe slightly more).

GPUs on the other had almost require water cooling in my book. One of my 5850's is on water and it tops out at 48° under a furmark while OC'ed to 950/1100. My other one is a recent addition and isn't wet yet. I have it running at 800/1100 and it tops out at 85° in a furmark and though the cooler is stock...it is a newer edition that was supposed to be better. I know that GPUs are designed to run a bit hotter and be OK, but 85° is pretty much the limmit so i can't OC any more. Once it is under water I am betting I will get at least another 100MHz out of it and 100MHz is a decent amount of horse power out of these cards.
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post #36 of 87
Performance: 7/10
Cost: 2/10
Worth your money: 4/10

Doesn't mean I won't be getting watercooling! Even though I don't see it as a worthy buy, watercooling interests me and I just want to keep moving forward
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post #37 of 87
Once you've tasted WC, you don't want to go back to the noise and dust air cooling makes. This was my first build EVER, and I decided to dig right into this. Got all the WC stuff and put it together. Granted I had about 3 or 4 weeks of 12 hour a day research to get it right, but it was worth it. I've only had my new rig up and folding for about a week now, and I absolutely love it. No noise, good temps and it's shiny!!
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post #38 of 87
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Originally Posted by SmokinWaffle View Post
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.
Same, my current loop is expensive. My first CPU only loop was slightly more expensive than a Ven-X with push pull at the time and it was a slightly performer thermally and was slightly quieter. I liked it. When I finally moved up to my current loop it was a major investment in money but now the system is deadly quiet, and is a tremendous thermal performer for 24/7 use even when the ambient temperatures soar!

So for me it was worth every penny.
    
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post #39 of 87
no just get a good air cooler and call it a day!
post #40 of 87
It's worth it if you really want to keep your temps and OC. My i7-970 at 4.4ghz is running 20C cooler switching from D14 cooler to rasa 360 kit. Worth $250 IMO.
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