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Hi guys, so I'm moving out to desert like conditions so being around 80 in the winter and about 110 during the day. Anyways I was wondering is the gap between air and water larger in those circumstances or the same as say 40 winters and 70 degree summers? I plan to over clock modestly, nothing crazy, and I don't want to spend the extra cash if good air cooling can do as well. It's just with the extra ambient heat, I have no idea how computers do.
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for some reason i think if you get a tuniq for some thing like this would work better then w/c because the liquid/aka water will just get really hot in this situation.
    
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In most situations expect a 10-20*C above ambient (depends on the components you use). WC, just like AC, depends on ambient temperatures, but because you have water constantly cycling inside the loop, you can keep a lower delta much easier than with AC. Down here in the valley summer can get close to those types of temperatures you specified, and even under those conditions the most I see is a 30*C increase over ambient.
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Water cooling removes heat via radiator and fans... just like air cooling, your temperatures are going to be dependent on ambient temperatures... water cooling however, does give you the benefit of having as much surface area (via larger/more radiators) as you want, equating to temperatures which are closer to your ambient than air coolers...
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Yeah I also was thinking about the water also being hotter due to the environment it's in. I think I'm mainly concerned about my graphics cards overheating since 1. I don't clean out my computer all that often (once per 3 months or less) and 2. I'm probably going to run cross fire soon. So would you think air is still the way to go?
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just dont over clock them. and try to keep ur room cool. or have one of those square fans next to your pc blowing on it.
    
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Thats a pretty good question, I've not heard it before.......I really don't think the humidity or lack of will hurt your temp's much one way or the other...You'll still be moving the same amount of air on your HSF or your rad and be dissipating the same amount of heat into the air...Your ambient temp's are what will determine your load temp's...

Its always at least 80%+ humidity here, they have a heat index value where it might be 90F but feels like 95F, thats just the way humans feel the effects of the humidity, not a real increase in temp.....

Humidity makes a lot of difference with dew points, you have to worry about that when you are doing sub-ambient cooling, the higher the humidity the closer the dew point (Condensation) will be to your ambient temp's...
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As long as you have climate control indoors and your ambient will be roughly the same, then expect similar cooling performance. Nothing you can't manage .
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post #9 of 12
Frankly, a desert climate is an ideal place for a bong cooler or sub-ambient cooling (less condensation). I would use this as an opportunity to play with those.
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Oh yeah, Bong cooling is a fun, I helped a friend make one once...He filled it full of ping pong balls to get more surface area for the water...

The only bad thing is they are an open loop and it doesn't take long to get the crud growing in it, you really can't run many biocides in it because its vaporized into the room air...A little Lysol can help, but it can get pretty hard on the lungs to...The water evaporates like mad, you have ot replenish it often, in a dry climate it would evaporate even faster...I've seen a few guys use a ball valve off a toilet connected to a water line to keep them topped off...

Have fun with it......They are a blast....Hey I think Nol did a little guide here somewhere on bong building, you might be able to find it...
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