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Been away from water cooling for about 7 years (last time i built my custom). Is there any site with latest reviews, top 10 list of parts or something I can quickly acquint myself with to find out what the best parts/companies are these days? Thanks
    
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It's a niche product, watercooling has been declining since. Most stores have closed their doors as sales decline. I.E. Jab-Tech is dead, Petras gone, FrozenCPU employees all pretty much quit. It's almost pretty much almost has gone the way of the dodo as AIO are a popular option. I opted to go AIO and use the Kraken X61 and not worry about setting up multiple custom loops.

Custom loops are nice but cost a lot. As CPU's stay running cooler we need less and less watercooling and the performance gap starts closing with air performance.

The last latest articles I read was from TomsHardware.
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As more of new comer to water cooling in the last year I disagree that its declining, it's more popular and mainstream than ever, that's the reason I jumped on board with it last year. Sure AIO's have come on strong, but I think they lend themselves more toward the air crowd wanting to get on water than the water cooling crowd wanting to downsize. I learned most of what I know right here on OCN, some youtube channels that helped me are jayzcents, modzoo, and singularity computers. PPCS is a great etailer site, sort of the #1 spot right now at least in the states. Yes FCPU is gone but modmymods is coming on strong, newegg are microcenter on on board now, there is always Amazon, and even Walmart.com is starting to carry the stuff if you can believe that.

Now is a great time to be water cooling, either with AIO's, kits, or full custom loops with prices varying accordingly.
 
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As more of new comer to water cooling in the last year I disagree that its declining, it's more popular and mainstream than ever, that's the reason I jumped on board with it last year. Sure AIO's have come on strong, but I think they lend themselves more toward the air crowd wanting to get on water than the water cooling crowd wanting to downsize. I learned most of what I know right here on OCN, some youtube channels that helped me are jayzcents, modzoo, and singularity computers. PPCS is a great etailer site, sort of the #1 spot right now at least in the states. Yes FCPU is gone but modmymods is coming on strong, newegg are microcenter on on board now, there is always Amazon, and even Walmart.com is starting to carry the stuff if you can believe that.

Now is a great time to be water cooling, either with AIO's, kits, or full custom loops with prices varying accordingly.

Google trends will disagree with you. Overclocking and watercooling in general has been on decline for a long time now to pretty much stay steady enough that it has not totally disappeared.



There are a lot of good sites that are gone or have simply stopped updating. It will take a new generation of young ones to have enough interest in overclocking to make it popular and mainstream. Skinnee stop updating due to being bored of this hobby and has pretty much moved on. He was a great source for radiators, fans, and blocks. Now there is pretty much nothing like that anymore except for big name sites who do reviews.

Most of the things I learned was not on Youtube but on XtremeSystems.org. They had a lot of Pro overclockers there that knew what they were doing and had recorded batch #'s of CPU's and their clock rating. Of course now batch #'s don't mean much anymore for the believers as Silicon Lottery has proven for Skylake. Of course Skylake has yield issues so that has to account for the quality of the silicon too. AFAIK, Walmart itself does not carry watercooling gear. You can't count the third party sellers as they are using Walmart as a storefront to sell their products.

If you want a list of the existing water cooling retailers left:

https://www.reddit.com/r/watercooling/wiki/retailers

R.I.P. Jab-Tech, that was my favorite place to shop because of prices. I'll say it again, watercooling is a small niche market. We only represent a very small portion of the PC community. Most people just want their PC to work.
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To get back on point...

My go to websites I use are Stren and friends' xtremerigs.net and VSG's (geggeg) thermalbench.com. If either of those two don't have it, then I tend to just Google and hope for results while avoiding YouTubers. They tend to do very limited testing that is kind of useless compared to all the testing the previously listed websites do. The thing is, as you'll see once you start looking at reviews, these days most parts are relatively close to one another. The top reason for choosing something is mostly aesthetics.

However if you have the urge for some data, some of it can be derived like radiator performance. For example, you want numbers on a 480 radiator but the review is based on the 360, then you can just safely add 1/3 onto it to get a close approximation. Blocks are a little harder to try to estimate as their architecture can have a "big" difference in performance compared to a previous generation.
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