Originally Posted by ryokoseigo
I recently upgraded to a 3950X and I was curious about water cooling. I have a Lian Li Dynamic case, so it's pretty ideal for it, but I'm curious what the cost is going to be like for what I'd want out of it.
Ideally, I just want to cool my cpu, and ignore gpu for now, but with the ability to add a GPU at a later time without having to upgrade parts. Considering my GPU is a already a hybrid it seems like a waste of money to water cool it. The easiest/safest solution would be the best for me, even if it isn't the best solution. Something that can be tested for leaks easily, and or is as leak-proof as possible would be ideal. So being able to drain it easily, or requiring very low maintenance, so I guess a low dissipation rate? I assume this would not use hard tubing, as it seems a lot more challenging and requires additional tools. I'd consider it if it were notably safer/lower maintenance. I don't plan on upgrading my cpu for likely 2-3 years.
I don't own any tools or parts to do water cooling atm beyond some fans, so I need a baseline price expectation on what It would look like. I don't know the lifespan of water cooling, or how much of it can be reused for future builds, vs what will need replacement every few years.
Sorry for being so unknowledgeable, but this seemed like the place to go to find out from people that actually do this kind of thing a lot.
I'm in Canada, so some options may be completely off the table due to no shipping/costing more than alternate options. I'm assuming any prices mentioned are USD.
Hello - I'm in Canada (West Coast) as well and while getting water-cooling parts can be a bit more expensive and time-consuming compared to the big US retailers, it is nothing prohibitive. For a CPU-only loop, it all comes down to factors such as cost, RGB and expandability (GPU connectors and such) down the line. All that said, for basic setups, since 2012 I use either 1x or 2x XSPC RX360 rad(s) (depends on how much OC voltage), a mini-reservoir from Swiftech or the like, and dual Swiftech MPC655 (D5 type) pumps in series (> server). D5 dual pumps in series are typically not required for home use as D5s tend to be very reliable...though for server use, dual pumps in series just give you that extra peace of mind. For consumer stuff, a reservoir with a built-in (rather than separate) D5 pump is also a good solution.
If you plan to change things around or upgrade later (ie bring GPU into the loop, or add a second GPU), so-called Quick-Disconnects in your loop are useful as well...I always go with Koolance QD4s for that. Beyond that, there's a plethora of choices re. CPU blocks (my standard is Watercool Heatkiller IV, but there are others) and for fans...you have to choose RGB or not, high pressure and/or low noise. For basic high performance non-RGB, I use the Corsair ML (magnetic levitation) 120mm (or even 140mm, depending on the rad). Tubing is a whole other ball-game. My latest build includes rigid copper tubing, but for years I lived nicely with either Primochill LRT (1/2 ID, 3/4OD) or better yet EK ZMT flat black (1/2 ID, 3/4OD) rubber tubing (the latter = 'industrial' look and superb function). Then there is also rigid and clear acrylic or PETG tubing to choose from for less 'industrial and fancy, more RGB' shiny builds. For fluids, most folks will recommend Mayhem, and rightly so. I myself use a 50/50 mix of distilled water and Thermaltake Coolant 1000. Others my differ by my
is to stay away from 'pastels', and or mix different coolants from different or even the same vendors.