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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 #81 of 87
I plan to WC with a XPSC rasa RX360 kit, just for the CPU temps, and to lower noise

That is one of the cheapest 360 kits, the RS360 is a bit less...

But overall, these things are way OVER priced, +$110 for a 6950 block of shaped metal

that crazy, I could still afford it as poor as I am, but I can't justify that
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post #82 of 87
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Originally Posted by Mit Namso View Post
I plan to WC with a XPSC rasa RX360 kit, just for the CPU temps, and to lower noise

That is one of the cheapest 360 kits, the RS360 is a bit less...

But overall, these things are way OVER priced, +$110 for a 6950 block of shaped metal

that crazy, I could still afford it as poor as I am, but I can't justify that
copper + nickle coating is expensive, add in some profit and $100 is pretty decent for a block.
    
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post #83 of 87
I wish it was cheaper
$200 for a whole kit including waterblocks would be awesome but unrealistic
but you gotta do what you gotta do right?
post #84 of 87
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Originally Posted by Diber View Post
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
The entire point of water cooling is to improve the efficiency of the cooler. As doing such it is expelling more heat outside of your computer, as opposed to having the heat contribute to higher temps of your components. So...you measured incorrectly or something, because with liquid cooling your room is supposed to be warmer.

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$200 for a whole kit including waterblocks would be awesome but unrealistic
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/xsra750rxwak1.html
post #85 of 87
No. You will get better temperatures than high end air cooling, but nothing that will actually make a difference. If you're going to spend 300+ dollars make a water chiller, something that actually has a huge price : performance ratio.

High-End Air:
Performance: 7/10
Cost: 5/10
Worth your money: 6/10
Temps: 20c-85c
Hassle: Simple

Water Cooling:
Performance: 8/10
Cost: 7/10
Worth your money: 5/10
Temps: 20c-80c
Hassle: Moderate

Chiller:
Performance: 9/10
Cost: 8.5/10 (8.5 because I've seen people spend stupid amounts of money on ambient cooling when they could have made a chiller with it and a free year of running it...)
Worth your money: 8/10 (Not 9 because of electricity which could be 300+ a year.)
Temps: -20c-30c
Hassle: Pain in the ass.
*Insulate motherboard.
*Set up the chiller to make sure you won't break it within a few months. (Requires tweaking refrigerant etc.)
*Usually have to fabricate something to dunk the coil in.
Chiller will set you back anywhere from 250-1000.
250-550 build yourself. +Monthly electricity.
500-1000 buy a pre-made one + Monthly electricity.

So if you want to save money by building one yourself be prepared to do so me tinkering unless you use a water fountain as I've heard you can do lately instead of an air conditioner.
Edited by Khaotik55 - 6/3/11 at 10:31am
post #86 of 87
I got the H70 and it serves me well for what I do (programming, gaming). WC would be too much of a hassle for me as well as the time it takes it maintain it. Unless you're overclocking for benchmarks then I don't see why any normal user with day-to-day activities would WC. But I have to say that some setups are a piece of art. Amazing how much creativity can go into that.
post #87 of 87
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Originally Posted by kiwiasian View Post
Throw in a GPU block or 2 and the price doubles
the xspc cpu block is questionable and so is the pump
So yeah ....i guess you get what you pay for right?
Edited by AK-47 - 6/3/11 at 10:28am
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