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This is the biggest temptation for me to switch to water. Cleaning out all the dust in air cool is a tough job and it get clog up again in 2 weeks.

Water cooling doesn't require all the dust cleaning, but I've heard you need to change the water every few months, is it true?
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This is the biggest temptation for me to switch to water. Cleaning out all the dust in air cool is a tough job and it get clog up again in 2 weeks.

Water cooling doesn't require all the dust cleaning, but I've heard you need to change the water every few months, is it true?
yes about every 5-6 months
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If it so dusty with air, it will still be dusty with a radiator.
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All I have to do with mine is every few weeks top off the reservoir- folding all the time evaps some liquid.
it's definitely more setup trouble than air cooling but easier to maintain in the long run. go for it, once you go water you don't go back.
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If it so dusty with air, it will still be dusty with a radiator.
If you run a convection radiator, you rarely need to worry about dust at all. Its only with a fan that you're drawing in air, that you have a real accumulation of dust.
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When I watercooled, I bought a thin air filter that I could wash out every couple of weeks or so. It made it a lots easier to maintain. It is basically a roll that you can cut out a piece to fit over the radiator. When it gets dirty, rinse it out and reuse it.
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If you run a convection radiator, you rarely need to worry about dust at all. Its only with a fan that you're drawing in air, that you have a real accumulation of dust.
Who uses a passive radiator? Zalman? Woot-woot... temps are now worse than stock!
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I shoot dust-off through my rad a couple of times a week with the fans on..Then every 2-3 months I will take it off and blow it out with a compressor and wash it good...I usually flush it then also...
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