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I would like to know which cooling is better water or air?
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Air = Easier
Water = Better
post #3 of 39
Depends on what you mean by "better".

Better = cheaper, colder, maintenance-free, cooler looking, etc...?
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I would like to know which cooling is better water or air?
How are you defining better? Performance, cost, maintenance?

Air is cheaper and lower maintenance

Water is more expensive, but can cool better (get you closer to ambient) and typically a lot quieter than air.

If you don't plan on overclocking and/or you are not trying to go for dead silent then stick with air. You can get a decent 120mm dual fan air rig that is fairly low noise for $60.00-$90.00 USD. A water kit starts in the $150ish range on up (not counting H50's and H60's or similar)
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$30 coolermaster 212+ for air, $60 h50 for water cooling. Both are great. Depends on what you need to do/what you want to do.
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Water cooling is better as far as temps go, but air cooling is better in every other area. I want to go water cooling again, but I just can't justify the cost. For a really decent water cooling system, or rather one that is silent, you will have to spend around $200-300 for cpu only, then around an extra $100-150 per item you want to cool, so the cost racks up rather quickly. If all you care about is performance, then the xspc rasa kits are the only water cooling setup I would really recommend. It's not much more expensive than the most expensive air coolers, but cools much better, but, at the cost of noise.
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Air is better. It turns your PC into a mini oven and will keep your room nice and warm
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But water colling could harm to pc? Becouse there is water so it can harm pc
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But water colling could harm to pc? Becouse there is water so it can harm pc
It's true that you do run that risk but if you maintain your loops you reduce the likeliness of that happening.

I prefer air cooling for that reason. If I had the money I would rather go with Phase-change rather than water.
    
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But water colling could harm to pc? Becouse there is water so it can harm pc
Only if you are "mentally challenged"
    
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