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What made you go Water Cooling?

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by MxPhenom 216, Oct 8, 2012.

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I went to water cooling because....

  1. of its cooling capabilities

    54.8%
  2. it is quieter

    20.4%
  3. it looks BAD ASS

    17.2%
  4. Money isn't an issue for me. Disposable income FTW

    7.5%
  1. radrok

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    I often take my MO-RA3 out for a walk cause it's just plain sexy.

    I also WC for performance of course :p
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    The main reason I went with custom water cooling was noise. My stock 6950 blower fan was fine unless you stressed. Then it sound like I was sitting on the wing of a jet.

    I had Echo CoolIt on the CPU, replaced that with block from XSPC RS240 kit and added a block to the graphics card.

    But I didn't have to do it just because of that. I could have deal with the noise other ways.

    The desire to try something I hadn't tried before was growing. And this was the excuse. Now I'm hooked. W/C is fun. And it is a lot quieter. :D
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  3. Solaris17

    Solaris17 Creator Solaris Utility DVD

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    not to mention i really like to touch shiny copper things.
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    Kinda goes without saying, don't it. :laugh:
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    t_ski Former Staff

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    I did it for the nookie :pimp:
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    Now that has me slightly confused about deciding to upgrade or not. Averagelly (is that a word?) speaking, can I expect better 24/7 overclocking on Ivy Bridge with a good water rig compared to a good aircooler? Or should I be expecting to remove the IHS to accomplish that? ... or just a screw it and hope Haswell is the answer?
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    I want liquid cooling :(
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    erocker Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I would say yes, but the difference isn't as much as previous generation CPU's. There's a decent difference between air and water but between say a modest water kit and something more extreme, there won't be much of a difference. :)
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    I don't want my investment in W/C to go to waste, so I can get say 4.8 on water and 4.5 on air (with better temps of course), I'd be happy.

    So... there's my answer: Better Overclocking!
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    That seems about right as long as the CPU you get isn't a total heat monster.
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    Yea, the caveat with any CPU and Overclocking is it's luck of the draw.
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    I agree about the aio units, they are less hassle for those who dont want/have the time or money to go full custom water cooling etc, and are quieter , i got my 120x aio idling at 14-16c atm on ib i5. only a single fan on it too,
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    I originally wanted water cooling because of how awesome it looked, saw a lot of amazing water setups, which is why I voted looks bad ass. However, I originally got an H60 when overclocking my 1090t to manage temps, as my zalman cooler just couldn't handle it anymore. Then, after getting my 2600k, I switched to a custom loop to improve again, as well as include my graphics cards.

    It does take more work and more money, but it's enjoyable. Now that I have a decent setup with quiet fans, it's a very quiet system, much quieter than air, usually only hearing the pump :D

    I say go for it, you have money's flowing anyway :laugh:
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    cadaveca My name is Dave

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    Done right, watercooling offers significantly better cooling, with lower noise, if you assemble your own loop.


    Loops design and component choice can be a big task though, and many things can go wrong. It does also increase the overall maintainance required, but not in a big way, to me.


    I got into watercooling because I wanted more speed. Why did I need more speed out of my PC? I bought the wrong stuff.:roll:
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    My mantra... speed and stability. Ok... from you, I'm clutching the edge of my seat to know what the "wrong stuff" is.
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    I pretty much go with Alex and Ski on this as well. I voted for the cooling, as that is usually the main reason however it is much quieter than air coolers. At least most of the time.
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    Haha! We all have done that before surely lol!!!
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    There is only one real answer to this question.

    That would be overclocking.

    Why would you bother setting up water cooling if your not going to overclock.
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    Well, I guess that's true. If not overclocking you probably won't be dealing with noise and heat.

    But W/C just looks cool too. :cool:
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    Just watched a video of a guy checking temps of his newly water cooled 680, and it was running at 36c in Unigine Benchmark. That is fricking awesome!
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    I was bored and made a list of parts id get if I went water.

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    Check your tubing size (1/2-3/4) and comp fitting sizes (1/2-5/8), as they need to be the same.
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    nope, that 5/8 is the full outside width, it wont be the same as the tubing, as compression fittings are just fatter all together.
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    We will see, perhaps I'm mistaken. My tubing is 1/2id 3/4od and my fittings are 1/2id 3/4od, and I don't see them fitting any other way.
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    Are yours compression fittings?

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