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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.
187 Total Votes  
post #51 of 87
I've never really done a custom loop before, so I'm going to be careful with what I say as I haven't tried it yet.

The main reason I can see WCing come in handy, is mainly motherboard and gpu cooling, as there's not much you can do about the mb's temps without going under water, and stock gpu coolers are simply quite noisy. When it comes to doing a custom loop to cool the cpu alone, my bet would be a corsair h100 would come close to the same performance for way less, considering both space and price, at least for what's out on the market right now.
post #52 of 87
For the normal user, I would argue that price/performance wise it is not worth it at all. Get that extra bit of overclock for $200 or buy more RAM/better CPU/GPU? The second case will provide a greater performance increase nearly every time.
post #53 of 87
It all depends on what you are going to use it for, it will be different for everyone.

I personally got water cooling because ambient temps for me get very hot during the summer, and therefore my components get very hot. With water cooling, I don't have to worry about overheating and I can keep much of my same overclocks all year long. Total, I spent about $350 on my loop overall and I consider it money well spent.
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post #54 of 87
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post #55 of 87
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Originally Posted by Behemoth777 View Post
It all depends on what you are going to use it for, it will be different for everyone.

I personally got water cooling because ambient temps for me get very hot during the summer, and therefore my components get very hot. With water cooling, I don't have to worry about overheating and I can keep much of my same overclocks all year long. Total, I spent about $350 on my loop overall and I consider it money well spent.
Same reason why I want to go water cooling. Hopefully it will be worth it for me.
post #56 of 87
Kiwi, do not be suprised if your high ambients diminish the effectiveness of your water cooling. High ambients affect water cooling systems also.Lower those ambients and see that WC system shine. I can fold at 4.0 on an i7 right at 73C when ambient is 95F.If my ambient goes to 100F it is shutdown time or at least back off the OC. You do not want to be in the room with this i7 at 100% when it is this hot. You may be saying 100F? but remember this is Tucson in the summer it can get 110+ for 10 days straight.
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post #57 of 87
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Kiwi, do not be suprised if your high ambients diminish the effectiveness of your water cooling. High ambients affect water cooling systems also.Lower those ambients and see that WC system shine. I can fold at 4.0 on an i7 right at 73C when ambient is 95F.If my ambient goes to 100F it is shutdown time or at least back off the OC. You do not want to be in the room with this i7 at 100% when it is this hot. You may be saying 100F? but remember this is Tucson in the summer it can get 110+ for 10 days straight.
The highest I have seen in my room is 30c, and it's hard for my GPUs to cope with it.

Are you saying that with high ambients I get the same temps with water versus air?

If I lowered my ambients, that would defeat the purpose..if I lowered my ambients then my GPUs would be fine without water.
post #58 of 87
Not worth it, my CPU has hit its wall and its in the safe temp range, noo need for more coolant.
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post #59 of 87
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Not worth it, my CPU has hit its wall and its in the safe temp range, noo need for more coolant.
Is that on your sig rig or another PC?
post #60 of 87
I spent quite a lot on my gear which could have been pumped into a 2nd 580, but watercooling looks awesome and its a bit of hardwork which really is worth the effort.

Its a waste of money, but its a hobby and its a real experience setting it all up!

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