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post #1 of 19
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Hey all,
So ive made alot of topics about getting a new CPU cooler. And I have said I would not get water cooling for the fact, that in my mind water and computers don't mix tongue.gif
So my question is how safe are water cooling units like the Corsair H80 Liquid CPU Cooler?

I still really dislike the idea of water cooling, feel free to try and convince me other wise smile.gif
post #2 of 19
The Corsair units are extremely safe! I have only ever read one story of them leaking. I am sure there are more but the point is that failures are extremely rare! And even if it does go wrong, Corsair will replace every single part of your rig that is affected with an equivalent or better part, free of charge!

And honestly, even with full-blown custom water cooling, it is still extremely safe and there are very few instances of leaking, especially if it is treated properly and the proper precautions and leak testing is carried out.

So, yes, water is a LOT safer than you would think it is. In fact, I would never go back to air cooling after water! I tried and I lasted less than a week! tongue.gif
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very safe, there close loops and i heard if they damage your pc corsair will replace the damaged parts? not 100% sure but its what i heard.

But with H80 i think your better off with an NH-D14. Because i wouldn't go below an Xspc RS240 kit.

And btw if you used distilled water, even if it leaks it wont' short out for some time, you'll have time to turn off your computer and let things dry
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There are different kinds of water cooling systems the one you are talking about the corsair H80 is self contained water cooler that needs no maintenance other than blowing out the radiator once and awhile to clean the dust bunny's. very rare to have a problem or leaks. now custom water cooling systems that you run your own tubing and fittings is a whole different animal all together. and that is an art and takes talent to do and do well with no leaks. what you are talking about is very easy to install. I have the H60 and H100 and both run great with no leaks. hope this helps.
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post #5 of 19
its a must that you know how to properly set one up, how to keep it maintenanced and etc etc

they can be a hassle to setup if you are a newbie but if done properly they are great
post #6 of 19
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Thanks for you're replies,
@ Dark I have no room for the NH-D14 I would love to put one in. But I can't even fit a CM212+ in my setup, it would hit 1 stick of ram, then brush up against the second, so water cooling would be the best thing, I would have thought.
post #7 of 19
The Corsair systems are really safe, but in general water cooling is very safe as long as you perform a 24 hour leak test with the power cord from the power supply removed from the wall outlet in case it does leak your saved. If you were to build yourself your own water cooling system compression fittings have such a tight hold of your tubing that you could not pull the tubing off even if you pulled with all of your strength!

There are even programs out there (Real Temp) to where you can set a specific CPU/GPU temperature value to where your computer would automatically shutdown in the unlikely event that your water pump dies. I'm on my first water cooling system and have never had any leaks, use a little common sense and you be fine. I was where you are now a little over a year ago.
post #8 of 19
It's very safe if installed correctly. There's tons of things out there that have liquids and electronics mixed (such as your car for example). As long as you make sure that everything is properly installed (clamps are on tight; tubes are on the fittings nice and snug) and have gone through proper leak-testing procedures (if you're running a custom loop), then everything should be fine.

I started off with a pre-built watercooler from Corsair and it's still running strong.
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post #9 of 19
All in one loops are just as safe if not safer than air coolers.

With custom loops everything will be perfectly fine as long as you maintain the loop every now and then. And when installing don't do anything stupid, take your time and leak test. It's safe and more importantly it's a load of fun smile.gif
 
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post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by Alatar;15579359 
All in one loops are just as safe if not safer than air coolers.

With custom loops everything will be perfectly fine as long as you maintain the loop every now and then. And when installing don't do anything stupid, take your time and leak test. It's safe and more importantly it's a load of fun smile.gif

Saying all in one loops are safer than air coolers is a big claim...and one that I would say is wrong.

An air cooler really only has the fan that could break, a water system has multiple fans and a pump, as well as other aspects.
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