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Is watercooling worth it?
BlakeyBoyR 
25/6/08 7:16:39 AM
Journeyman

Please delete, I searched the wrong forum because I'm a f00l.
My apologies and thanks for the reply sending me in the right direction :)


Edited by BlakeyBoyR: 25/6/2008 8:41:08 AM

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jennyb 
25/6/08 7:52:21 AM
Banned
Try the cpus and cooling section for a ton of debate on this exact subject.


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lukey1990 
25/6/08 9:20:18 AM
Champion

it is if you require the level of cooling it privides.

you must also be aware that you cannot buy a prebuilt kit, such a Thermaltake bigwater and expect performance..
you'll need to spend a few hundred.

what components do you plan to watercool?
what are the reasons you require watercooling? will you be overclocking, etc.

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tr0110p 
4/7/08 9:55:20 AM
Journeyman
H2O IS grossly overrated. you can achieve comparable temps on air with a little thought.

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PC FREAK 
4/7/08 11:57:02 AM
Guru

Id have to say a definite yes :P

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nesquick 
6/7/08 10:22:20 AM
Guru

Quote by tr0110p
H2O IS grossly overrated. you can achieve comparable temps on air with a little thought.


rofl...no seriously you think a custom water cooling setup is equivalent to air cooling?

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m0zes 
6/7/08 1:54:07 PM
Champion
Quote by nesquick
rofl...no seriously you think a custom water cooling setup is equivalent to air cooling?



In theory it is, and until you move into a decent custom loop the same remains true. But in practical reality the ability to attach something like a thermochill pa120.3 to a cpu or graphics card to give the same dissipation area is next to impossible. But then again T really didn't explain himself, it's possible he was referring to those $200 all in one swiftech/thermaltake/gigabyte jobs that are on par with a true.

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nesquick 
7/7/08 8:23:59 AM
Guru

I hate those all in one setups they are such a waste of money compared to just spending say $400 and getting something that is really decent not to mention can be made virtually silent.

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Fat_Bodybuilder 
7/7/08 3:04:20 PM
Titan

You will get better load temps in H20, than air. However the thing is you need to spend ~400 - 450 on h20 to get that better performance, as apposed to an $80 air cooler and $20 fan :-)

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DarknStormy 
7/7/08 6:48:44 PM
Overlord

"Is watercooling worth it?"

Depends who you are.

I love watercooling, I'm fascinated by it. But due to my current situation in life I've opted for high-end air cooling for the time being for simplicity reasons, and the computer is no longer being my number 1 priority in life.


Edited by DarknStormy: 7/7/2008 6:53:04 PM

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CptnChrysler 
9/7/08 1:44:13 PM
Master

If you need to ask the question - It's probably not worth it.

Go for a high end air cooler like a Thermalright ultra 120, it'll be cheaper and lower maintenance, probably no louder and only extreme overclockers would need more.

You need a serious watercooling rig to improve much on a top end air cooler. You'll have increased maintenance and cost but for most people little real gain.

It's only if you're really going to exceed the cooling capacity of good air coolers that water cooling, peltiers, phase change or dry ice can be worth it. If you need any of these - you'll know...

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morgoth 
9/7/08 7:55:23 PM
Hero
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I find watercooled more useful for GPU's these days, so I have a custom loop for my CPU and hd2900XT, I wouldnt go back to air

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insalt72 
10/7/08 10:09:09 PM
Charge

I like watercooling,lets you thrash your system with less worry Looks "cool" too cough*

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PC FREAK 
11/7/08 1:41:58 AM
Guru

It instantly intimidates people at LANs too :D

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osama_bin_athlon 
31/7/08 12:37:21 PM
Hero
Immortal


it looks great, but, I've achieved almost the same with air - I see it as a waste of time and money. you could do a lot better with your $5-600

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BlakeyBoyR 
2/8/08 8:41:32 AM
Disciple

I ended up going with the Gigabyte Galaxy II kit, and before anyone says "Oh why bother", try actually doing a search and looking at reviews. It beat out the TRUE in several website's tests by about 10 degrees.

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PC FREAK 
2/8/08 11:29:15 AM
Guru

Clearly the kits wasted.

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BlakeyBoyR 
3/8/08 9:42:43 AM
Disciple

Why do you say that?

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PC FREAK 
3/8/08 11:37:54 AM
Guru

The point of a watercooling kit unless you have too much money is for overclocking, and the silence. IIRC the pump on the galaxy is uber loud.

Galaxy maybe better then the TRUE, but getting your own gear will be even better. I spent about 300 on my cooling, and can run 1.5-1.6 volts without having to worry about temps at all.


Edited by PC FREAK: 3/8/2008 11:38:57 AM

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