Originally Posted by GRA-HAM
Im. not against air cooling. it just my preference to water cool. though. it can take a good part of peoples budget. and time. with maintenance. if you want to built and forget it. a good air coolers the way to go
Budget is a concern, but considering I already have a custom loop, I could just swap the pump (mine is noisy) with a decent pump/res combo and redo be set. Build and forget would be great though because having to drain a 20G fish tank every time I need to pop the top of the desk open for anything will get old real fast.
Originally Posted by Shawnb99
I always go with water. Way better temps that way, plus it way quieter. On air my GPU can easily hit 80 degrees, on water I never go above 45.
I won't be water cooling my GPU for multiple reasons. It's not good enough to bother adding a water block to, I hate the idea of having to get a new waterblock if I ever want to upgrade and it's also a terrible investment 9/10 because for the added cost you could dang near just run SLI/Crossfire with a second GPU.
Originally Posted by shilka
Depends on the use case but for most users air cooling is good enough
By the way i hope you are not re-using that old CM PSU
Is there something inherently wrong with the CM? I have been wanting to swap it for some time now for a more efficient EVGA, just hasn't seemed worth it since I haven't had any issues with it.
Originally Posted by NexusRed
I've been on all 3 sides of PC cooling. Air, Close Loop, and Custom.
The real question that should be asked is, "Do I want to deal with any maintenance outside of the regular stuff?"
If the answer is yes, then custom water cooling is on the table.
If the answer is no, then pitch it to the wind.
It's such a toss up... Sexy looking, better performing water cooling setup all lit up under a glass desktop sounds great and I could reuse most of my water cooling stuff which wasn't exactly cheap. But it comes at the cost and headache that goes with it. Algea, corrosion, mineral buildup, clogged water blocks, system draining, leaks, trying to get all the bubbles out, the list goes on. I know there are ways around a lot of the issues but it's a lot to deal with.
Originally Posted by ThrashZone
Yep usually the only real detail necessary is will the giant piece of aluminum and copper fit in my case
Well since I'll be building the desk from scratch that's not a problem at all. If I end up going with air, if I get a bequite! Dark Rock TF (just stumbled across it) instead of a Shadow Rock Pro 4 clearances will be even less of a concern, but I can't find any comparisons.
Originally Posted by JackCY
Put the PC in fish tank. If you still want it separated from the tank then well go air cooling, so much simpler and maintenance free, no risk of leaks etc. cheaper too.
Umm... No. If you're talking about a mineral oil build, that's a heck of a mess that I don't plan to get myself into. Also there will be live fish and living plants in the tank so that's not an option. I did however consider drilling the side of the tank and putting a heat exchanger inside it in-line with a water cooling loop to help dissipate heat. But then reality hit and I realized it would be way overkill for just gaming on a mild overclock and the additional heat added to the tank would probably kill (or at minimum, stress) my fish.