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As everyone has briefly explained, water has a higher heat capacity than air. A water cooled rig is typically quieter and cooler, and if you needed that extra kick for low temps, water and peltier go well together.
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Knowing what I do now about water, my next rig will be air cooled. Water is a big hassle, I used to open my case every week to move wires around, and whatnot. With watercooling, you dont want to touch it anymore because it might leak somewhere. Not to mention taking it anywhere is extremely difficult. If you want to add something, or change a part, upgrade, etc. you have to drain and take the whole thing apart. If its something like a CPU or video card upgrade, you have to take off the heatsink, redo the AS5.. There's a list a mile long. Admittedly, water cooling IS good, my chip temperature stays at 31-32C (idle) whether I run at 1.8ghz or 2.7ghz. For heat dissipation, water is the way to go. For ease of use and installation, you cant beat air.
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