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My dad owes me alot of money and I was debating on buying a wcing setup, but I'm not sure if the trouble that goes into it is worth the slight decrease in temps and the awesome factor of having watercooling. Opinions?
    
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Trouble? Nah, it's probably the most fun I can have on a weekend to get a loop going. You'll mostly likely see 3.4GHz with the 5000BE on water with the right mobo and right set of dimms on water.
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For me I like a challenge and watercooling is definately that, is it necessary? prob not as there are alot of good air coolers out there but heck I cant go back to air now water cooling is definately worth it even just for looks
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It was expensive, but I LOVE my water cooling loop. Better temps, looks sweet, it's great.
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Thats where I am at as well.....hmmm.....
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WC'ing is a more upkeep then a HSF, it's fun to play with to be truthful...The temp's are great and you can push you v-core, it gets to be a hobby, most of us are kind of obsessed with it, whether we've been doing it 3 months or 3 years......I tear mine down all the time trying out something a little different here or there to try and knock off another 1/4 or 1/2 a C...

After the initial cost its not really expensive either, the gear lasts for years, unlike most comp related gear...

Do a little research on parts and application now and it may save you a little time and $$$ on down the road, and you'll probably end up with a better rig ...

I'll leave you some stuff to read and my cleaning and set-up PDF, be sure to read all the stickies here also, there is a lot of good info in them..

...Water Cooling - In English

...Assembling your Custom Watercooling Setup

...Bleeding my WC setup..

...D-Tek Fuzion install tip! (Or why you should clean new blocks)

...How To: Clean out a D-Tek Fuzion CPU Block

...D-Tek FuZion Washer Made Easy.

...Poll: Push or pull configuration for Radiators

...Part 1- Temp's with and with-out shrouds

...How To: Make any Sized shroud in 2 minutes

...How To: Build A Performance Shroud

...PC Water Coolant Chemistry - Part I

...Cooling - An In-Depth Look
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Well... I would say go for it! Watercooling cas definitely be a really fun endeavour. Just make sure you understand a few things:

1. It ain't gonna be cheap
2. If you want it to look good, chances are you're cutting holes in your case.
3. Water cooling is tons more maintenance than air cooling.

All that said though, at the end of the day it's worth it .

EDIT: yeah, what ira-k said...
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post #8 of 34
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Originally Posted by ira-k View Post
WC'ing is a more upkeep then a HSF, it's fun to play with to be truthful...The temp's are great and you can push you v-core, it gets to be a hobby, most of us are kind of obsessed with it, whether we've been doing it 3 months or 3 years......I tear mine down all the time trying out something a little different here or there to try and knock off another 1/4 or 1/2 a C...

After the initial cost its not really expensive either, the gear lasts for years, unlike most comp related gear...

Do a little research on parts and application now and it may save you a little time and $$$ on down the road, and you'll probably end up with a better rig ...

I'll leave you some stuff to read and my cleaning and set-up PDF, be sure to read all the stickies here also, there is a lot of good info in them..

...Water Cooling - In English

...Assembling your Custom Watercooling Setup

...Bleeding my WC setup..

...D-Tek Fuzion install tip! (Or why you should clean new blocks)

...How To: Clean out a D-Tek Fuzion CPU Block

...D-Tek FuZion Washer Made Easy.

...Poll: Push or pull configuration for Radiators

...Part 1- Temp's with and with-out shrouds

...How To: Make any Sized shroud in 2 minutes

...How To: Build A Performance Shroud

...PC Water Coolant Chemistry - Part I

...Cooling - An In-Depth Look
Yeah, once you have a good system in place, you can just change out a few parts namely just your (cpu) block(s) and fans

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Originally Posted by alexgheseger View Post
Well... I would say go for it! Watercooling cas definitely be a really fun endeavour. Just make sure you understand a few things:

1. It ain't gonna be cheap
2. If you want it to look good, chances are you're cutting holes in your case.
3. Water cooling is tons more maintenance than air cooling.

All that said though, at the end of the day it's worth it .

EDIT: yeah, what ira-k said...
1) Not that expensive after it's setup.
2) You should cut holes regardless if you want to make something look good for routing cables. In fact this takes a minimum of zero holes to cut and a maximum of 2 (for 90+% of people) for an intake/exhaust tubing holes. And the cutting can be done with any drill and a simple drill bit (~3/4")
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Watercooling is fun... Do it
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Originally Posted by ira-k View Post
WC'ing is a more upkeep then a HSF, it's fun to play with to be truthful...The temp's are great and you can push you v-core, it gets to be a hobby, most of us are kind of obsessed with it, whether we've been doing it 3 months or 3 years......I tear mine down all the time trying out something a little different here or there to try and knock off another 1/4 or 1/2 a C...

After the initial cost its not really expensive either, the gear lasts for years, unlike most comp related gear...

Do a little research on parts and application now and it may save you a little time and $$$ on down the road, and you'll probably end up with a better rig
Will this last a long time?

    
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