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Poll Results: Have you every got a watercooling leak?

 
  • 50% (21)
    no
  • 0% (0)
    yes, and my pc died. BEWARE
  • 42% (18)
    yes, and my pc was fine. Don't worry
  • 7% (3)
    just use aircooling man
42 Total Votes  
post #11 of 16
I voted "No" because I've never had a leak in a running system (I have had a few leaks while testing my loop, but that's why you test).

From my experience, i'd say give water-cooling a go to see what its like and what's involved. The next build i do that is water cooled I'm going to choose a case far larger than I did this time round.

It's definitely nice being able to have all the fans in your case operating at minimum rpm constantly, my w/c system is a lot quieter (inaudible over the ceiling fan) than my air cooled system under load - gpu fans are noisy!

A downside is not being able to work on your system as quickly, and this can become harder the more packed/complex in your loop is.
post #12 of 16
Like with anything in life, if you take your time to do it right, buy quality hardware, and test thoroughly, you can minimize any dangers. The main reason I went custom water cooled was to reduce the noise of my high RPM GPU fans while gaming. Now my system is inaudible under even the heaviest loads. It was so much fun researching, planning, and building my custom loop. There were little set backs I had to figure out, but that's half the fun. Definitely a good hobby.
post #13 of 16
I've had a leak in a running system when a compression fitting over time sliced into some tubing. No damage was done though since the case was an inverted layout with a top-mounted PSU.
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post #14 of 16
Watch videos, read articles, listen to advice, but don't trust just one source.

I did a PETG build, hand bent the tubes and was overwhelmed with how well it turned out. It's cool and quiet. If I can do it, anyone can.

The downside is the $$$$$
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by Allseeing View Post

For the average guy Its not worth it. Most people dont want to spend more then $100 on cooling. There is no reason to now days. We can clock our chips faster then we need them on air. They are about the same give or take.
you cannot compare a gpu w/ full water block on a loop to a gpu on Air. My 980 at 1506mhz is dead silent under load at 45c max.

What you are saying is true for the cpu. The gpu's often do overclock better on water.
Edited by Wirerat - 1/26/16 at 7:49am
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I would be pretty wary of overclocking a 5960X on air. I had mine on air when I first powered it up to verify system operation before committing to a case/water. Just a mild overclock caused the temps to climb drastically, under water temps are much lower with a much greater overclock. GPUs - OC'd TitanX on stock blower will reach 80°C+ at 100% fan and sounds like a jet engine. Hardly a day goes by that a TX user doesn't post about wanting to use an AIO or ACX or something to get away from the stock blower, water takes care of it nicely and at roughly half the 80°C temp. Leaks- I take a lot of care assembling my loop, never even had a leak in the test phase. Downside - it's a lot harder to swap parts that are under water, especially with hard lines. You better like your gear and be sure it works before plumbing it up.

I like air, don't get me wrong. I have a nice 3770K/980Ti rig that's all air, trouble free and pretty quiet. I'd never even consider trying to swap that over to water, it's pretty much just like I want it right now. And being air, I just swapped out the 680SLI that was in it for the 980Ti in a few minutes. On the other hand, I'd never consider running an overclocked 5960X/TitanX SLI rig on air, just too much heat generated IMHO.
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