Originally Posted by Joe_Lost
Might I propose a quick overview on "Watercooling"?
I have been running a watercooling system for 3+ years; CPU and graphics cards. I check all the tubes once every 6 months. Leakage is not the worry.
You(and I) all spend an inordinate amount of time reading about and doing OCing. There is a great deal more risk in that than watercooling, nowadays. Just as with OCing, you read a lot and learn, then act.
To give you a comparison, it is like saying that you prefer not to fly because when a plane crashes everybody dies. Yet it is riskier taking any other form of transport, including walking on the pavement(Sidewalk for our NA bretheren) and you do it every day without a second thought. You believe that you are more in control if you are driving the car or walking, but actually that control is an illusion. You cannot control a single one of the external factors that comprise the majority of the risks.
With regards to the external radiators, that is a matter of choice. I agree that an external radiator(really only used with passive watercooling) may not be everyone's cup of tea. I choose it for the noise reduction. Eventually mine will do the job of 3-5 fans and give more stability. It should be noted, however, that many very good watercooling systems fit comfortably inside cases. I am considering putting in a secondary, active(Fans), watercooling system in for the graphics cards or the North and South bridges. That one would fit inside the case.
Think about it. If you are prepared to OC then you are already a calculated risk taker. I would suggest that you might be a candidate for watercooling. I am only suggesting that you read more about it before dismissing it out of hand. The upside of watercooling is temperature stability, heat dissipation and noise reduction.
BTW, I have three computers and the other two are entirely air-cooled. So it is not that I disagree with good air-cooling.
Thanks for your post.There is no doubt that watercooling is better than air cooling.I read somewhere that said the worst watercooling system have better performance than best air cooling system.just like comparing CTR and LCD monitor in mater of their gama ray danger for eyes.
for example my problem with water cooling is that I already spend money for good air cooling system for my cpu ,case,NB,SB and MOSFETS . At the moment.also noise is very important matter for me and I try to avoid my system to become too noisy .
At the moment I use NOCTUA NH-U12F as cpu cooler which just has 17 dBA noise.
North Bridge cooler is Extreme Spirit II which has 19 dBA noise .I also placed a 40mm ultra-low noise fans behinde it for better cooling performance because the Extreme Spirit II become so hot.
My South Bridge cooler is thermalright HR-05 SLI .
I also place a 80 mm Thermaltake LED fan behind thermalright HR-05 SLI which point air directly to it and it has 21 dBA noise.
My power is OCZ GameXStream 850 Watt which has 120 mm LED fan and it's so quiet .
My case is Thermaltake Armor With 25 cm fan side panel which is nVIDIA SLI certified Chassis .Case cooling system is :
Front (intake) 120x120x25 mm, Blue LED Fan, 1300rpm, 17dBA
Side (Intake) 250 x 250 x 30 mm fan, 600rpm, 15dBA
Rear (exhaust) 120 x 120 x25 mm blue LED fan, 1300rpm, 17dBA
90 x 90 x 25mm, 1800rpm, 19dBA
Top (exhaust) 90 x 90 x 25mm, 1800rpm, 19dBA
My VGA is EN8800GTX AquaTank/HTDP/768M which use water and air cooling system together .it has switch for turn fan to high speed and low speed and with low speed it is very quiet.
For MOSFETS I use asus MOSFETS headsink which is attached to NB and SB orginal pip cooling system BUT I first extract their plastic pins,then I deformed them is a way that I can use them inside case and they don't have conflict with any other part and then I stick them to MOSFETS with DOW CORNING 3140 RTV COATING .I Also use 2x 60mm ultra-low noise fans behind them which cool them perfectly.(The only problem is that if something happened to my system and you want to use asus warranty service ,I have problem because I had deformed those piping system and I should try to back them to normal mode .)