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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 #71 of 87
You could generalise this more by instead asking:

Upgrading your computer, worth the $?

Probably not, but you'll never feel bad about it.
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post #72 of 87
No worries with 30-40c temps after hours of gaming. Gpu is the difference, cooler on full load water the idol air in my case... Wouldn't be worth it for just cpu imo.
post #73 of 87
For me, it was worth every penny. Coming from a screaming p/p set of Delta's on a MegaShadow, the reduction in volume is golden. Not to mention a 12 C drop in load temps with nearly a 120 cfm reduction in airflow? I'm pleased with the results to say the least.

Performance: 10/10
Cost: 8/10
Worth your money: 10/10

I can't wait to get my new gpu's & get them underwater too.
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post #74 of 87
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Originally Posted by PCCstudent View Post
ub3, don't take my comment as too strong of an observation as I know your heart is in the right place but the thing that is not worth it is folding on a 4 core cpu (and that is any 4 core, except possibly Sandy Bridge when your clock is above 4.5).A 125.00 (ebay price) 275 will wax any 4 core out there,same goes for a 100.00 GX2.i7's with hyperthreading do real well with smp folding but that is with hyperthteading.The ppd of non-hyperthreded cpu's (or low clocked 4 cores) is pretty dismal in my book.

Yes I do have a pretty radical water cooled project about 25% complete. I was going SR-2 until the leaders of Folding@Home broke up the family. Now I do not know at what level to participate.
I'm folding because my GPU is slow at folding and it's fast at dnetc. I fold with the -smp flag, get my WUs done before the deadline, and it's all good. I don't really care about ppd. I figure if my rig is on 24/7 it's better to have it fold than it is to waste power while idle.

As for upgrades, my only real options now are spending big on a Q9550/9650, (not cost effective imho), or replacing everything. Since I can still game (and i've got 6950s coming soon) with what I have, I'd rather save the $1500 or so for later. My next build (assuming SB is still the hot ticket) will likely be a DP xeon getup.
 
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post #75 of 87
I just finished going from full Air to water cooling for my CPU and both GPUs. I've physically noticed a difference in heat temperatures around the computer and in my room as a whole. The GPUs were reading 90c+ on load, and after water cooling, they're 41c under load. That's a pretty huge difference- especially on those hot summer nights, that really don't need to be any hotter!

While it wasn't pretty to my wallet (It bent it over, and ravaged it for every penny it could find), it is definitely nice to be able to sit in my room and not be hot. Not to mention the higher overclocks, while still being colder then the previous idle temps. Since I've little else that I do, it was well worth the money, and on a funny note, I may well recover some of my cost because my Air Conditioner won't have to work harder to cool my room now
post #76 of 87
I voted it that it was a worthwhile investment, though I think "is a worthwhile investment" would be better, at least in my case, since I haven't done it. I don't know that it is worth every penny - few things at the higher end of performance are. But it is definitely something I'll try to do in my next rig, when I can build from the ground up with water cooling in mind and enjoy less noise and the chance to do something new.
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post #77 of 87
I think it depends on what system you run and at what overclock.

Given that an Intel 2500k can easily run at 4.5ghz (or higher) on a $30 air cooler and post very respectable load temps, water cooling becomes more of a luxury than a necessity.

Older chips can benefit more from water cooling though.
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post #78 of 87
If you look at it for value for the $, then no.

If you look at it as something to learn, spec, and plan and have "fun" with. Than yes.

Its a hobby within a hobby.
post #79 of 87
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Originally Posted by Robilar View Post
I think it depends on what system you run and at what overclock.

Given that an Intel 2500k can easily run at 4.5ghz (or higher) on a $30 air cooler and post very respectable load temps, water cooling becomes more of a luxury than a necessity.

Older chips can benefit more from water cooling though.
was coming in here to say something similar, If your using a phenom ii or first gen i5/i7 then it's nice because they're hot chips. You can get pretty big OC headroom.
post #80 of 87
10/10 performance
Cost: 7/10
Value: 8/10

It can get expensive and addicting, but its hella fun and you get nice yummy temps. Its nice to have a quiet system when you don't want the noise. I've lost count of how much I've spent but I think its well over $1k usd.
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