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Originally Posted by fluxlite;15579364 
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.

I've only read one story about an all in one loop failing. The problem with big air coolers is that they put so much strain in the mobo.

Anyways the point is that all in one loops are so safe that it's not even worth mentioning the possibility of leaking etc.
 
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For what it's worth, I used to have a Corsair H50. It was nice in that I no longer had to worry about clearance issues with tall memory heatsinks, unlike when I used to own a TRUE120 with push/pull fans. However, performance wise, the H50 was no better or worse than the TRUE it replaced, and always left me with a sense of yearning for more deep down inside. Seeing how easy and simple Corsair makes watercooling seem with these self-contained units, they really do live up to hes title of being the "gateway drug" for true watercooling. biggrin.gif

Now, I have sprung leaks on some components during leak testing with my setup. This is why it's the most important step to perform thoroughly before actually fully powering on your system. In fact, it has happened quite a few times since I have changed my loop setup numerous times since its initial inception in July. The more experience you have, the more efficient you will become at doing things correctly on the first few tries. With the wet components, I was able to dry everything off, fixed my tubing, and I was up and running in less than 10 minutes with no further leaks.

However, I have also sprung a leak while my sig rig was turned on. The first time does give your heart a good workout, but I came to realize that I just had to calmly power everything down, dry everything again, fix my loop, and retest. Rinse and repeat until everything is working fine. wink.gif

The moral of the story is that true watercooling is safe if you are willing to take the time and patience to set everything up correctly. Basically if you love playing with hardware, this is a real dream come true with regards to really customizing your own personal setup. Even though it can be a real pain, the end results (quieter operation, lower temperatures, and higher overclocking potential) are well worth the trouble. thumb.gif

With the help of countless forums posts, articles, and YouTube videos many are able to set up their own loop without cause for concern. The only real concern after the matter of the fact is how to control yourself from spending even MORE money on this endless spiral. eek.gifbiggrin.gif
     
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As long as u use distilled water you will be fine even if you do get a leak. Pure H2O does NOT conduct electricity what does conduct electricity in water is the impurity. the process of distilling the water removes most of those impurities.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tatubom1;15584680 
As long as u use distilled water you will be fine even if you do get a leak. Pure H2O does NOT conduct electricity what does conduct electricity in water is the impurity. the process of distilling the water removes most of those impurities.

The trouble with that is that when its ran around your loop a few times the impurities are back in the water and conductivity of the water rises with time again.
    
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if well maintained and you know what you're doing, you'll be fine
    
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I say dont do it at all. Not becauses its not safe but its an addiction that will never go away smile.gif
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post #17 of 19
if properly installed, everything will be alright.

i suggest visiting first all the guides you can find in here about water cooling. just like what i did the very first time i plan on WCing my system.
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I hate to put it this way, but I can only imagine (judging by the system specs you have) that investing in a custom loop isn't really going to hurt your wallet's feelings too badly. Sorry if I've made a poor assumption. However, depending on what you need a custom WC loop may make a HUGE difference in performance and long term stability.
 
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Originally Posted by victorzamora;15586182 
I hate to put it this way, but I can only imagine (judging by the system specs you have) that investing in a custom loop isn't really going to hurt your wallet's feelings too badly. Sorry if I've made a poor assumption. However, depending on what you need a custom WC loop may make a HUGE difference in performance and long term stability.

Not to mention the much reduced noise if you do it right!
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