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Is water-cooling worth it? I'm new to water-cooling.

post #1 of 33
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I've ordered an i7 3930k, RIVE motherboard, 4x GTX 680's 4gb a piece and i'm wondering if water-cooling is worth it performance wise. If you could tell me everything I would need and the de-facto loops and everything I would appreciate it.
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post #2 of 33
Yes! It's worth it!..Click my sig ph34r-smiley.gif
Edited by Schmuckley - 7/29/12 at 11:30am
 
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post #3 of 33
To get the most out of a 3930k I would recommend it...these puppies run pretty warm even when at stock without some pretty good cooling
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post #4 of 33
I found it to be worth it and it's a hell of a lot of fun too.
post #5 of 33
If u can afford it definitely recommend water cooling. Its great for overclocking biggrin.gif

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post #6 of 33
It's pretty addicting. I've watercooled 3 out of 4 of my rigs. The 4th one is prepped but I've been to busy to tackle it.
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post #7 of 33
With 4x GTX 680's I would definitely be looking into water cooling as they will be really loud running on air. Naturally water cooling will also let you push up the clock's on both the cards and the CPU. With that much stuff to cool you will need a really beefy cooling loop. I'm thinking something like a Two thick 360 rads as a minimum and a laing d5 for pumping.
    
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ACER 23" x233H Dell U3415W Logitech G11 Chieftec 850W 
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post #8 of 33
Obviously you have some cash. Go get a CaseLabs case and go to town. Your setup deserves water and a case worthy to hold it. thumb.gif
post #9 of 33
yes i would say it was worth it too im watercooling my first rig also once i buy all the stuff one thing i would say for you do your research well about everything and also try not to cheap out on the stuff you buy go for the better quality stuff if you can even down to the small things like the barbs cant wait to finish mine XD
post #10 of 33
Doubt water cooling is for someone with a $2000 budget or under, but it seems like you don't care about a PC budget if you are going x4 680s. May as well go all out with WC.
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