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I haven't tried water cooling before but I am curious are the temps really that much better or is it just the room that is worth it?

and what would you say is better a pre filled store bought one (H100I) or a custom loop?
 
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post #2 of 33
Custom loop is so much better than the AIO's you get. I moved from Corsair's H50/H80, now have a custom loop.
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post #3 of 33
Well a custom loop is definitely better, but if anything leaks you don't have support. With an AIO cooler like an H100i if the cooler leaks then you have support because it's all from the same company, and it's preassembled.

But from what I've seen and my own experience, watercooling is well worth it. thumb.gif I'm in the process of preparing my own 800D for watercooling. smile.gif
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post #4 of 33
Everyone is going to have their own opinion. I started watercooling not to overclock at first but to run cooler and quite. My first setup was a old heater core from a dads friends radiator shop and it sat on my desk, as i upgraded my computers over the years i started to get better pc components and started upgraded the cooling from there, at the end of the day its better at loads and will help with o/c but its always preference and there is a "take care" factor to a loop, so be willing to watch it and work on it.
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post #5 of 33
Yeah, it all depends on preference. WC is a lot of fun, but can be a hassle for others. Do you want to tinker inside your case? Do you want to add your GPU(s) and WC them in the future as well? These are just some simple questions that will give you a basic idea if you want to do a custom loop/ get an all-in-one/ just not mess with anything. It is very addicting and it ain't cheap lol biggrin.gif
post #6 of 33
Watercooling is VERY expensive but you get a real sense of achievement over using an AIO cooler. I did my first loop way back ( smile.gif ) in January for my CPU only and the results were fair but not outstanding. However , when I added a second radiator - as the first step to a watercooled GPU - thats when things changed. My CPU never goes above 30 degrees even under full load whereas before it would hit 50 degrees.

post #7 of 33
Back in the day,WC was vital for OCing,nowadays not so much. The chips can reach great OC's on air,it tends to be a aesthetic choice now.
AMD is a bit different,they tend to hit thermal limits faster so still benefit from a good WC loop.

My advice is to get your rig to a point where the hardware is as good as you will get then wc it.
SSD's etc are far more beneficial than a WC loop.
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post #8 of 33
couldn't agree more with the other members WC is definately more fun and a good learning experience the only thing is the cost will add up quickly. on the side note i had an h50 >> h100 >> full loop; which i think is the best
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I watercool for noise reduction. For GPUs aircooling is just ridiculously loud to me. Especially when overclocked.
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post #10 of 33
Quote:
Originally Posted by lowfat View Post

I watercool for noise reduction. For GPUs aircooling is just ridiculously loud to me. Especially when overclocked.
i would +1 this but im debating on watering my 670s or sell em and watercool the upgrade. but my 2500k is cool as a cucumber and middle of the night quiet while my 670s are nerve racking loud.



really lowfat, +1
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