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Stupid question: How good is liquid compared to air cooling really?

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The risks of liquid are exempt. Just plain cooling power.
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H2O is better, if you do it right, but doing it right is expensive. Nowadays good aircooling is perfectly fine for overclocking. You are looking at spending ~$200 on a good (all new) water setup, where you could spend $50 on a good air HSF and $15 on a fan upgrade and have nearly the same overclocking potential.
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thats good cause i plan on buying a TT Big Typhoon with a silversone 120mm fan its got like 105 cfm on max speed.
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You can spend $200 or less on an amazing custom setup that will blow away any H20 kit, and definatly outperform any air cooler with any fan or fans.

Air simply can not get as close to ambient as water can, no matter what. The trick to getting your money's worth with H20 is to not buy a kit. The kits from Swiftech are pretty darn good, but most kits are not much better than a good air cooler due to their design. And a well designed custom system can beat the Swiftech kits.

Check out the water cooling section here, we have some great H20 gurus.
post #5 of 12
Water has much more cooling potential that air itself, its just the major inneficiency of a radiator is what holds back water. Thats why you typically see larger radiators on water cooling systems. Some as big as triple fan rads.

All the water in a loop makes for a lot of mass, which means it takes more heat to raise the temp of the water by a degree compared to a small HSF like a stock cooler.
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thanx i have lots of time to figure things out cause im building in january when all the after christmas deals are on. im definately gonna look at liquid cooling.
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The advantage over water versus air, is that water has a lower thermal resistance and a higher heat dissipation. This means for the same block of copper, if you used water instead of air, it would cool it way better.
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cooling is basically the last thing i have to figure out for sure.
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post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by gonX
The advantage over water versus air, is that water has a lower thermal resistance and a higher heat dissipation. This means for the same block of copper, if you used water instead of air, it would cool it way better.
Assuming the water and air ambient temps were the same. If the water was say 3-5 degrees warmer than the air, then they may perfom the same.

If your not in dire need of good cooling right off the bat, i suggest just starting with th BT VX, it will be more than good enough to start with, and hell, it may be all you need.
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post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by Lord_Hate
thats good cause i plan on buying a TT Big Typhoon with a silversone 120mm fan its got like 105 cfm on max speed.
Dependant on your system the BT VX series has a better fan with a speed regulator.
I'm tinkering with comparing a Ultra 120 with various fans compared to my BT
    
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