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i dont overclock but i watercooled mu cpu and sli 480s just to get rid of the noise them cards or any high end card are noisey as hell when the fans are flat out my next build tho i think ill just watercool gpus and throw a corsair h80 on the cpu

Actually the main reason why I purchased a custom water cooling system is because not only are the fans louder, I could not put up with the heat that was coming out (inside also) of my PC case! So I have a 4x120mm radiator (HWLabs GTX480) and figured why not just get a water block for the CPU as well, to tell you the truth my CPU temps (idle and load temps) pretty much remained the same. The one thing I noticed in the little over year that I've had my water cooling system is I'm not having to deal with that much dust in my case, and my doctor a few weeks ago told me that I'm allergic to dust or something in it. So yes it's well worth it to WC the graphics cards, as for the CPU I'm sure that high-end air coolers can do a pretty good job.
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IMO it's more for appearances and brag. you can cool everything adequately with air.
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if you're still looking for answer, I think wc has never been worth it. It's more like a hobby and a toy.
    
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if you're still looking for answer, I think wc has never been worth it. It's more like a hobby and a toy.

I'm one of few percentage who have above average hearing, it's a gift but at the same time it's a curse! There's no way in hell I can put up with the noise created by modern day graphics cards ever since the GTX480, the 8800GTX was bearable. I don't disagree with you that for most it's a hobby and if over done creates a deep money pit, my planed computer build in Q2 2012 is going to be about function and not so much bling, my TJ11's window will be facing a wall. I do believe in cable management thought and don't plan on any LED lights, my last build had numerous lighting for which I find distracting while gaming! Another thing I won't stand for is the amount of heat these monsters put out, heats up my room and I don't like that!
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I wouldn't think it's worth cooling the chipset and the RAM. I mean if you have piles of cash just lying around in your house then go for it thumb.gif

I just installed WC on the motherboard components of my current machine (Mercury) and found that it increased stability when overclocking, compared to the results I was getting with the factory heat sinks.
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IMO it's more for appearances and brag. you can cool everything adequately with air.

You're right, most cpus and gpus do fine with air cooling. Its not always about that though, as stated before.

Purchasing the right components and putting the CPU and GPU under water can really quiet a system down, everything stays cooler than air solutions, and gives you something to do once in a while. I get bored when my pc is all said and done, and I can game on it. I like tinkering with it, and I don't have the resources to continually buy and sell components for upgrades, so this is a decent alternative. Ill get my loop done up, run it for a while, overclock it etc... then hopefully in a couple months I will be able to swing a water block for my GTX580.

Building, overclocking and modding PCs is a hobby. I don't need a loop for my sig rig, but I got one because its a hobby and I enjoy working on my PC. Everything doesn't have to be about practicality either, why cant it be for fun, or for looks?

I don't fault anyone for the money they spend, unless its completely a case of more money than sense. If a guy wants to spend $250 on a water loop over a $60 air cooler let him. Hes not hurting anyone, its not a waste of money and it has its benefits and again, remember, its a fun project.thumb.gif
Edited by identitycrisis - 11/21/11 at 6:42am
     
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post #47 of 70
Water cooling is a way of protecting your investments (as long as you set it up correctly that is). Heat is the enemy; it speeds up electronic degradation.

/rant
Also, i find myself doing less maintenance on a WC setup than Air.

WC: Quick spray of air through rads, check tubes for leaks, watch water level(have a bay window for this smile.gif). I do the leak check about once every 3-4 months or when i have my case open; rads....i honestly have only had to clean my rads out once since i've had them (about a year)
Air: Usually have to get underneath fins to get excess dust from out of it, since your spraying up, you get dust EVERYWHERE. Have to constantly check for corrosion of copper fins.

Of course there is the intial setup of the WC system...which to me, as a PC enthusiast/geek, is freaking awesome.

/endrant

back to the point,
to answer OP question, no, you don't need to WC your MB or your RAM unless your sending high amounts of voltages through them.
i've got mine WCed because it looks badass...but there isn't any sort of performance increase that i have noticed....BUT i do know that my components are going to last much longer since they are staying at a healthier temperature.
post #48 of 70
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IMO it's more for appearances and brag. you can cool everything adequately with air.

I agree that once the manufacturers realized there was a problem looming (e.g. Prescott), everything is designed to be cooled adequately with air. That is, if you run at the rated speed, keep the case temperature low (good ventilation and no over-warm rooms), don't have too many cables blocking air flow over components, and run lots of noisy fans.

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I just realized I never got on topic in my post. LOL

As most have stated, its not really necessary to cool memory, chipset or hard drive. but hey if you want to, go for it. as long as you have some fans moving air through your case in addition to your water cooling loop, you will be fine with the heatsink fins.
     
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post #50 of 70
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I just realized I never got on topic in my post. LOL

As most have stated, its not really necessary to cool memory, chipset or hard drive

There are counterexamples to this claim, even on this very thread.
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