I would say the opposite of most people in this thread. In my opinion, it is not worth the cost. HOWEVER, I knew what I was getting into and my dive into liquid was more because I've wanted to do it for 10+ years. That said, would I do it again? Yes
- At stock settings, water is about on par with air cooling. There may be a degree or two difference, but that can also happen in mounting alone. Once you ramp up voltage and speed is where you see the difference. In my case, and based on other threads I've seen, on a system with high voltages, water ends up about 10C cooler than air for CPU cooling.
- Pre-made kits are a good way to get into the hobby and can save you quite a bit of cash. There are also the options for "cheap" enclosed loops, but those give no or very little customization. To build a loop the "right" way, can get very expensive, very quickly.
- Computers are a hobby. None of us would be building computers, or liquid loops, if we didn't enjoy doing so. Planning, design, research and actually making the thing work are all quite enjoyable.
- Building your first loop is time consuming and can lead to a lot of detours and dead ends. Since my initial order, I've had 4 additional orders to get things setup the way I want. After all that, I have left over parts that I never used or changed to something else, and my first dead pump, not to mention some nickel plated blocks now with exposed copper.Edited by Angrybutcher - 6/3/11 at 9:18am