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post #1 of 11
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Hi, I'd like to know what kind of systems are available for phase change to get an idea of both performance and price. I understand air and water systems, but phase is new to me...first off, is it the best cooling method? And secondly, is it the 'best' in terms of price : performance?

Many thanks!
post #2 of 11
Probably not the best in terms of price: performance because you can easily buy better parts for your PC rather than a phase change unit.
I would imagine a phase change unit to be pretty loud too
    
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I definitely don't think it's the best for performance. You are going to end up spending at least $200 for a unit. Unless you can find a used air conditioner and convert that for much cheaper. I thought about going for a water chiller but it was just too expensive for my budget.
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post #4 of 11
Phase units usually start around $400 new for the very lowest tier (i.e. No case and not a lot of load capabilities).

Spending between $500 and $600 will probably get you a nice, quiet cased unit that will definitely perform much better than air or water, but it's quite a bit more expensive as well.
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post #5 of 11
Whats the price of an extreme cpu these days or a pair of high end video cards?

Anyone who says the price performance ratio doesnt favor phase is obviously uninformed.

A phase unit will last for years and years. how long is that extreme graphics card or CPU going to last you.
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post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by Sdumper View Post
Whats the price of ...

A phase unit will last for years and years. how long is that extreme graphics card or CPU going to last you.
very true...
post #7 of 11
plus you got to keep in mind that air and water will only get you so far.... and you will be able to use it with any cpu you will own so its long term investement btw whats the warranty like on ss units?
post #8 of 11
Normally one year but if your going to have a leak its usually in the first few months.
If its a custom unit I have done and its past the one year mark I still fix them for free (usually) so long as the owner covers the shipping cost back and forth.
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post #9 of 11
I paid 400 for mine used, it rocks the world, I am not surre what you will be using it for though as it is not a very good 24/7 solution IMO

Condinsation being a concern it is more at home for benching.
I basically use mine for dialing in settings for going cold

On 1366 idol my unit will hold -50C and on a 1024 prime run around 0 to 5 C

Best thing I can say if you plan on getting into the benching scene it would be a great investment and is a lot of fun and easy cold, you will not break any records or anything with it.

If you go this way do the research on properly insulasting your board, this will insure a positive experience

good luck

http://under-the-ice.com/

Edit,

Scott built mine but I got it second hand, rock solid but needs to rethink the relay he is using as it is a piece O ****



Edited by Witchdoctor - 8/7/11 at 6:51am
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post #10 of 11
back and forth shipping would be around 600$ so sadly better to get a new one
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