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At this point I'm thinking of only doing my CPU with a possibility of going over to the graphics card at a later date so that is also effecting my decision making process. If I were to do this I would only really need to possibly change the radiator to accommodate the more heat in the system correct? Or would I need to change everything?
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I bought most of my components used. Still I'm sure it costs 2-3hun as a minimum.

Main benefits, more overclocking capacity, less noise, aesthetics.

I have water cooled my gpu's in the past. It's definitely a nice addition. However with gpu's being the most upgraded component for alot of people. Spending a hun on the block and dealing with the loop when upgrading is a bit of a downfall.

I just bought a card with a good non-reference cooler this time around instead. But I don't live in arizona either so maybe it'd be more worthwhile for you to watercool your gpu(s)
Edited by Aviduser - 3/25/14 at 4:50pm
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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

Yeah water cooling can get pricey, but it can be done. But i would say custom water cooling is worth it if you are an enthusiast and like that kind of stuff!

haha if not you can buy a window AC unit or a portable AC unit and lower your ambient temperature and your computer will run cooler as a result of the cooler ambient temps.
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At this point I'm thinking of only doing my CPU with a possibility of going over to the graphics card at a later date so that is also effecting my decision making process. If I were to do this I would only really need to possibly change the radiator to accommodate the more heat in the system correct? Or would I need to change everything?

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jamaican reaper itsnt at ASU, he is in AUS, Australia.

you can buy a decent starter kit for cpu only for less than $200. the more you spend, the better the parts are.
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There have been a lot of great comments so far, but I just want to emphasize the point that having high ambient temps will significantly limit how much performance you can get from non-active cooling. In other words, you will probably see lower component temps but it might not be a huge improvement. And one of the counter-intuitive things about watercooling is that because it is more efficient in moving the heat away from your chips and into ambient air, your room will most likely feel warmer, and warm up faster. I do, however, encourage you to take the plunge thumb.gif As Pepe said it really is a fun hobby if you're into tinkering around with computers. But of course we're going to say that since we're already sold on it by virtue of being here biggrin.gif

You also mentioned that your room gets blasted with a lot of solar energy, have you tried using silver-lined shades or similar measures?
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There have been a lot of great comments so far, but I just want to emphasize the point that having high ambient temps will significantly limit how much performance you can get from non-active cooling. In other words, you will probably see lower component temps but it might not be a huge improvement. And one of the counter-intuitive things about watercooling is that because it is more efficient in moving the heat away from your chips and into ambient air, your room will most likely feel warmer, and warm up faster. I do, however, encourage you to take the plunge thumb.gif As Pepe said it really is a fun hobby if you're into tinkering around with computers. But of course we're going to say that since we're already sold on it by virtue of being here biggrin.gif

You also mentioned that your room gets blasted with a lot of solar energy, have you tried using silver-lined shades or similar measures?

thats why i suggested an AC unit smile.gif

insulation would really help!

i live in hawaii and dont even have ac in my house, the ambient temp would be hot enough for my ps3 and my xbox 360 would overheat playing battlefield 3 hahaha so i tried using it in a room with ac and it helped dramatically. also it was a more pleasant experience to be in an air conditioned room smile.gif
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There have been a lot of great comments so far, but I just want to emphasize the point that having high ambient temps will significantly limit how much performance you can get from non-active cooling. In other words, you will probably see lower component temps but it might not be a huge improvement. And one of the counter-intuitive things about watercooling is that because it is more efficient in moving the heat away from your chips and into ambient air, your room will most likely feel warmer, and warm up faster. I do, however, encourage you to take the plunge thumb.gif As Pepe said it really is a fun hobby if you're into tinkering around with computers. But of course we're going to say that since we're already sold on it by virtue of being here biggrin.gif

You also mentioned that your room gets blasted with a lot of solar energy, have you tried using silver-lined shades or similar measures?

That's a good point. I have a window that gets hammered when the sun is going down. It's a full length maybe 6x6 foot window, and it would heat the entire room up. I put dark screens on the two windows but it didnt make much of a difference. I bought some blackout curtains and it's drastically improved. It's still very hot if you go up next to the window, but the curtains block a ton of the heat.
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That's a good point. I have a window that gets hammered when the sun is going down. It's a full length maybe 6x6 foot window, and it would heat the entire room up. I put dark screens on the two windows but it didnt make much of a difference. I bought some blackout curtains and it's drastically improved. It's still very hot if you go up next to the window, but the curtains block a ton of the heat.

The best reflector you can get is anything flat white. The sun just bounces off of it.
Just think about a car in the sun. A black one gets hot because it absorbs the sunlight, while a white car stays cool in the sun.

If you put dark curtains on, it will feel darker in the room, but it will also get hotter too.

Some people stick mylar on the outside of their vertical blinds, but flat white would reflect more heat back to the outside.
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