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In general, which one is better?
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I'm guessing you mean TECs?

Well to start off, TECs are almost always run with watercooling to cool the hot side of the TEC anyways.

TECs can achieve sub zero and sub ambient temps, which water cannot.

However, TECs also consume A LOT of power if you're using them to cool the latest and greatest cpus/gpus.

You've also got the issue of insulating when using a TEC so that your rig isn't killed from condensation.

If you want sub zero or sub ambient, I recommend phase change or building a water chiller.

But if you just want lower temps, go with water.
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I'm guessing you mean TECs?

Well to start off, TECs are almost always run with watercooling to cool the hot side of the TEC anyways.

TECs can achieve sub zero and sub ambient temps, which water cannot.

However, TECs also consume A LOT of power if you're using them to cool the latest and greatest cpus/gpus.

You've also got the issue of insulating when using a TEC so that your rig isn't killed from condensation.

If you want sub zero or sub ambient, I recommend phase change or building a water chiller.

But if you just want lower temps, go with water.
What do you mean with insulating?
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http://www.crazypc.com/articles/condensation.htm

You also need waterblock insulation. Let me find a good guide for ya, give me a minute.

EDIT: Here http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/...d.php?t=176913
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Baisiclly if you dont insulate the TEC and the water block it will start to condensate. Just like a glass of ice water in the summer time. Imagine all the water on the board. TECs are fun but imo complicated to setup and run if you dont know what your doing.
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Is there a risk of condensation in very-high-end water cooling systems too?
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Does the v2 here:
http://www.petrastechshop.com/dfuv2uncpuwa.html

mean version 2 right? Nothing to do with voltage?
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Is there a risk of condensation in very-high-end water cooling systems too?
only if they're chilled w/ a TEC or some other sub-ambient cooling device. you only get condensation when the temps of the air around something reach dew point which is usually far below ambient temps.
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Does the v2 here:
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