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Poll Results: worth it or not?

 
  • 75% (12)
    Yes!
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    NO!
  • 0% (0)
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post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by bigkahuna360 View Post

I'd say it was definitely worth it to go with a custom WC setup. Although I found it was quite nice to start with a kit and build up.
PS: I just gotta say it but I'd get some different fans. Theyre not bad, but they move no where near as much air as my Scythe Slipstreams do.
To my knowledge they are not out yet.

XSPC Xinruilian Cost 6.79 and it has a lot of good reviews.... also I use RX so they going to run about 1000 rpm - but I'm really confuse with all fans.... so I was thinking to start with XSPC Xinruilian and see how it goes.....
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post #12 of 19
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No from a practicality/cost stand point.
But it is fun for sure. That is worth it to me.

I was trying to buil for performance and nice look..... thumb.gif
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post #13 of 19
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I was trying to buil for performance and nice look..... thumb.gif

Then you will enjoy it for sure. Just WATCH YOUR WALLET lol. I am already getting a 800D with a new rad to step it up. It is fun for sure. Just gets expensive. Looks for used deals. You can save a lot.
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post #14 of 19
Worth is dependent on a lot of factors. Will you get a noticeable performance benefit from WCing your rig? Simple answer, No.

Ivy runs hot, but not because of inadequate cooling. It runs hot because of transistor density, die size, and many other variables. The problem stems from the fact that the die it's self is not good at transferring heat internally. Lots of heat gets trapped in the die, and that leads to high temps. Water cooling is great at removing large quantities of heat, but Ivy doesn't put out large quantities of heat, it just holds more of the heat that it does produce inside of the die. Water cooling will not help Ivy at all from a performance standpoint.

The 680 has completely different issues. It runs very cool and produces relatively small quantities of heat. Water cooling will chill it down very well, but due to the 680's voltage limitations, the card will hit a voltage related overclocking wall long before it hits a heat wall. Your 680 will be cool, but it won't see noticeable performance increases over stock cooling.

Now with that said, there are other factors that contribute to the value of water cooling. Water cooling looks dead sexy, it can be near silent, and it certainly has more cool factor than air cooling. If all of those other factors are worth it to you, then go for it! But if you are primarily seeking large performance gains, then no, it's not worth the money and the risk that comes from WCing.

Does the classified have full manual voltage control? If so, then it might actually be worth it to water cool. if not then it's hard to recommend.
Edited by XPC - 5/11/12 at 8:46pm
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post #15 of 19
There was just no other choice, my GTX 480 was heating my room up quite a bit! Water cooling cut the temps in half, my CPU temps are about the same. That means I had an excellent air cooling for my CPU, you got to get these GPUs under water cause it makes them happy!biggrin.gif
post #16 of 19
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No from a practicality/cost stand point.
But it is fun for sure. That is worth it to me.

I agree with AMC 100%. I spent a lot of money to cool a 2600k and three GTX 570s, all running pretty normal OCs 24/7. The loop never hits above 60C under full load. Even when I cranked up the OCs for the sake of benchmarks, it didn't heat up too much. It's nice, but it's not really necessary. Still, it is totally worth it for me. Building my loop was a learning experience for me. It was fun, it turned out well, and I think it's gorgeous inside my case. It's something I'm proud of, and I'm sure you'll feel the same way if you end up building it.

On a side note, I can personally vouch for the XSPC RX360 rad. When I did the initial flushes, very little gunk came out of it. On the other hand, the finish scratches off pretty easily. That's something to take into consideration if aesthetics are a deciding factor.
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post #17 of 19
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There was just no other choice, my GTX 480 was heating my room up quite a bit! Water cooling cut the temps in half, my CPU temps are about the same. That means I had an excellent air cooling for my CPU, you got to get these GPUs under water cause it makes them happy!biggrin.gif

That's just silly. Water cooling doesn't make heat disappear. If your 480 was heating up your room before water cooling, it will do the same afterwards. The same amount of heat is being exhausted into the air no matter what cooling system you have.

That being said, 480s and 580s certainly do benefit from watercooling from a performance perspective because of how much heat they produce.
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post #18 of 19
I know its sacrilege but I voted no, at least not at the amounts OP is showing. $700?!?!?! I mean is that system really gonna give you 7 times the cooling of a H100? Or 14 times the cooling of a D14?

Now thats strictly speaking in terms of performance for dollar. In terms of just being freaking cool as all get out, then yes. Water cooling setups is possibly the coolest thing in PC enthusiasta. So I guess I vote no its not worth it in terms of value. But it is very much worth it in terms of just downright coolness.
post #19 of 19
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I know its sacrilege but I voted no, at least not at the amounts OP is showing. $700?!?!?! I mean is that system really gonna give you 7 times the cooling of a H100? Or 14 times the cooling of a D14?

Now thats strictly speaking in terms of performance for dollar. In terms of just being freaking cool as all get out, then yes. Water cooling setups is possibly the coolest thing in PC enthusiasta. So I guess I vote no its not worth it in terms of value. But it is very much worth it in terms of just downright coolness.

Buying an XSPC kit and GPU block halves that price with the same amount of cooling. thumb.gif
     
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