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Watercooling vs. Aircooling

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by Tearathal, Feb 17, 2007.

  1. Tearathal New Member

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    I am trying to decide whether I should go with watercooling or air cooling, I barely know anything about watercooling, except its quieter and offers a greater amount of cooling overall.

    I just finished my nice brand new system with the 8800gtx and the works, so someone told me I should get watercooling to keep everything nice and frosty, but i don't know where to start.

    Can someone point me in the right direction? thanks
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    If you don't know what your doing don't do it.
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    If you dont know then learn ;)

    Are you having temp issues? Are you clocking anything in your rig? How much are you wanting to spend on a H2O system?
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    i dont know i think some air coolers with heat pipes are now are getting alot closer to water cooling well the budget water cooling anyways my arctic freezer 64 pro rocks!!
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    I'm not really having temp issues right now, my temps are borderline, but I plan to overclock most of my rig and thats going to take some cooling to handle. Right now i just have the cpu heatsink/fan and a rear exhaust, I want to decide now what I want to do so there will be less to fix later. As far as cost goes, I'm not sure, obviously just buying a bunch of fans for air cooling is only like $4 US a fan, but watercooling could cost alot more. I don't know how much a good watercooling system would go for, I know I need a pump, tubing, a radiator and a waterblock, fluid and a resevoir.
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    If your temps are fine i wouldn't unless you really want a higher oc (assuming temps are the problem) or low temps, if you do go water i'd recommend you build a custom kit
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    They are fine idling I mean, lol. When i play games they get up pretty high. I would like to overclock though and I definitely don't have the cooling for it now. My poor 8800 would fry.

    Custom kit, as in selecting all parts not as a set, or a kit that is custom build for my pc?
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    The surface area of the watercooled radiator has to exceed the surface area of the aircooled heatsink. There's no magic to it. A huge heatsink could perform better then a small radiator. Unless your an extreem overclocker there's isn't much need for a watercooled rig. A good heatsink can perform well. Now active cooling would be alot better. aka. closed-loop evaporative or "phase change" as the geeks like to call it or a peltier thermoelectric setup.
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    So basically a cheap watercooled rig would not be much better than a good air cooled rig. And you don't really need to watercool unless you are going to overclock extremely. My Issue is my Videocard gets hot, I know its built to stand hot temps, but its a bit too hot. I don't have any place to really mount the fans, only a place for exhaust and intake, but nothing to get my mobo or videocard really. Could always cut holes in the case, but I don't want to split the clear door when cutting it
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    How much are you willing to spend on a Water Cooling System?
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    extreme oc requires more expensive water cooling with a more powerfull pump etc but if were talking vga cooling i think even a cheap water cooler maybe better than the air cooling thats available there is some very good air coolers but the best which is the Sytrin vf1 plus. As far as i know are huge things and requires a upgrade kit for the 1800/1900 ati cards i personally dont rate the arctic ac X2 much i prefere the zalman vf 900 it cools better and is much quieter at 100% but its all depends how far you want to overclock really and if u trust water that much can you get water coolers that cover the memory blocks? too or will they use ramsinks?.
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    currently a good air cooler outperforms most basic water coolers as the nauctoa U12 the thermaltake Big typhoon and the thermalright ultra 90 for grfx though there are less options but a big cooler with a bunch of heatpipes is the way to go for cheap
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    Depending on your videocard, the fans might be set low. The x1950pro would be one example. Also be sure you have proper case ventilation. I set mine up with the front fans blowing in, side-cover fan blowing in, rear fans and psu fan blowing out. If you don't have a fan in the side, put one in. They help alot even if it's just a breeze from a low-rpm quiet fan.
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    Gottcha. Well I bought the 8800 GTX with the air cooling, and like a day after I bought it they came out with the one with the Danger Den block on it pre mounted lol. I was wondering if its possible to just take off the fan and put on the danger den block?

    Not sure how much I am willing to spend, but I have a good 400 dollars to spend
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    well with that much im sure you can make a good Water System. CPU, NB,VGA

    and you can use that DD block
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    cool thanks. I would have to read up on the topic so my computer case with its clear window doesnt become a fish bowl.

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