Originally Posted by Aussiejuggalo
I got a question for you guys.
Seeing there's some GPU all in one cooling coming out now and we have heaps of good CPU all in ones out, how would a pc with a custom loop vs all in one fair when cooling a single CPU & GPU?(I also mean in a fair test, 480mm rad total for both no extra unnecessary crap like motherboard and RAM and no stupid thick 60mm rads for the custom.)
I think custom would still be better. One pump for everything, shared rads. real reservoir. I spent a lot of time researching each component to make sure I got exactly what I was looking for in a system. I was looking for a quiet build with reliable good performing components that were also durable. I picked 280 rads and ultra quiet fans, acetyl components, and a D5 pump. It's inaudible even under full loads. Some of the better looking builds use plexi components. Some people don't care about noise and have lots of fast fans and thick rads. It's that freedom to choose that makes custom so great. I feel with an AIO (or multiple AIOs) you are very confined with what you get. If you got a custom setup done and found you needed more rad space , or wanted to swap out a block, you could, not so with AIOs.
Cooling like for like would probably be similar with similar rad volumes, but the freedom is a factor you have to consider. I enjoyed making my first loop and wouldn't trade the experience for anything. That's my take on it.Edited by kl6mk6 - 2/28/16 at 11:47am