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I live in Phoenix Arizona and although I have been "gaming" for a while I'm new to my own rig. I've had my computer for around a year and a half now and I'm running on an extra fan and the stock equipment. My question for the community is if it it worth water cooling my computer or should I just get an after market CPU cooler. I game a lot on the weekends and a lot during the summer and that is when my computer starts to get high temp readings. If you live in Arizona you know that it can get really hot and as a college student keeping your AC at 75 all day isn't really monetarily efficient. Also even without my computer running my room is the hottest in the house. It's in the back and faces the sun the entire day with no shade so even with my blinds drawn the sun just hitting it makes my room hot. I've had temperatures at 70 C before and although I am not overclocking right now I would like to look into that as well as a secondary vid card. I have never water cooled a computer before and I was wondering what all your thoughts on the matter are. I've read a couple of guides so I know the very basics about water cooling but I figured I would just ask people who know more about it. Thank you all in advanced and if you need any other info please don't hesitate to ask.
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Watercooling isn't going to make your room any less hot. The heat produced by the components is the same in air cooling and watercooling. All watercooling does is dissipates the heat faster from your components as water is a better medium than air. You will get lower temperatures on your components with watercooling, but it's still going to put the same amount of heat out into your room as air does.
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I'm not to worried about my room temperature I'm only worried about the amount of heat in my computer. I don't want it to be running really hot. It was just a statement that the ambient temperature of my room is a little bit on the hotter side which possibly contributes to the high internal temperatures of my computer. (I'm assuming that is correct I'm not 100% sure though). But again I'm not trying to make my room cooler by throwing a water cooler in my computer I'm just trying to find an option that will keep my computer temps down.
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Oh ok, sorry I misread your post then. Watercooling will definitely be a great option for keeping your internals cool. Just keep in mind its very expensive. If you can afford it, its great for keeping your internal components cool. If you have any specific questions, I can try to answer them
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I'm starting to see that it is pretty expensive so my only question would be would an after market CPU cooler be better for getting the best out of my rig or should I water cool. I foresee myself being in Arizona for a while and the summer temperatures are really hot so that is one really big thing that is leading me to go with water cooling. I think I read on a thread on this site that if you have high ambient temperatures water cooling would be the best option to bring things back to a more normal level. So I just wanted to ask the community if they agree with that statement as well.
post #6 of 37
In my views, water cooling is a hobby onto it's own.
It just costs too much to say it's worth it.
So I would say that water cooling isn't worth it just for the sake of temps and performance.
But having said this, it's fun, it's really fun.
And I don't know anyone who switched to water cooling and switched back to air cooling.

So maybe it's worth it after all?!?!?

Just espect to be spending a good 4-500$ for a loop with one or two rads, as a minimum. And it can really soar up from there easily.

You gotta be a bit insane to water cool. At least my gf thinks I qualify. biggrin.gif
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You could always just go for a closed loop AIO kits, it won't performance as a good as a custom loop or have the expandability, but it will be much cheaper. I think one of new cooler master AIO's has the ability to expand, so you could look into that

its called the cooler master glacier 240l. Here is a link http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/6011/cooler-master-glacer-240l-aio-liquid-cpu-cooler-review/index.html

You should take a look at that
Edited by davidh93 - 3/25/14 at 4:09pm
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When i decided to water cool my cards it wasnt because i needed a hobby,i needed better temps....I had 670's at the time and in summer here in aus my room temps was constantly over 30c and my sli didnt play well with that heat....Once i switched to 780's i knew right away that i was going to put them underwater,i just couldnt deal with the high gpu temps anymore in summer....For some its a hobby,for others its a well need relief....Sure in can be expensive but in the end it was well worth it to me,even with water running thru my rig my temps will still rise on a really hot day (30-35c) room temp,but also its kept in check,still doesnt go over 50c....
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post #9 of 37
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That is were I'm at as well. I'm at ASU and on those really hot days it's a little scary not knowing if my computer is going to be ok or not. (Again I'm pretty new to the whole homebuilt computers)
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Originally Posted by davidh93 View Post

Oh ok, sorry I misread your post then. Watercooling will definitely be a great option for keeping your internals cool. Just keep in mind its very expensive. If you can afford it, its great for keeping your internal components cool. If you have any specific questions, I can try to answer them

It's not very expensive, come on. You can watercool your CPU and a GPU for under $300. Now if you want all the best of everything the price will rapidly climb. There are people that have $200 worth of fittings on some of these ridiculous builds.

Depending on which case the OP has, an XSPC 240 or 360mm kit will cost $150-200. If your case can fit a 360mm radiator, get that one for sure. The kit includes everything except coolant to watercool your CPU. To add a GPU he would need a waterblock and two fittings, $100 for the waterblock, $10 for the fittings.

Thats it.
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