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What made you go Water Cooling?

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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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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
not to mention i really like to touch shiny copper things.
 
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AIO units are great and offer better performance than pretty much all air coolers. It all depends on the CPU too. My 2500K never got too hot and I have a H60 sitting on it at 4.7ghz. Ivy Bridge chips are another story. IHS to die contact isn't very good and no naturally aspirated cooling(air or water) is going to fix that.
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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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?
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 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. :)
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.
Yea, the caveat with any CPU and Overclocking is it's luck of the draw.
 
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AIO units are great and offer better performance than pretty much all air coolers. It all depends on the CPU too. My 2500K never got too hot and I have a H60 sitting on it at 4.7ghz. Ivy Bridge chips are another story. IHS to die contact isn't very good and no naturally aspirated cooling(air or water) is going to fix that.

I originally got into water cooling for the cooling benefits over air. I had a E8400 at the time and while it could clock like a boss not using an insane amount of voltage, temps got high. Water cooling gave me the ability to run those clocks 24/7 while keeping temps well below standard air operating temperature.

With the speed of today's hardware, water cooling isn't as necessary as I believe it once was with the exception, possibly of GPU's. Reference coolers can be noisy and temps can get high. Watercooling solves that.

I also like the way it looks, it's fun to build and configure and I occasionally have money to burn. So I vote for all of the above.

*I've also run nothing but distilled water. Never had a hardware/pump issue. I do make sure to keep my computer out of the sun, use opaque tubing (both to avoid algae) and flush it every 6 months or so.

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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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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I got into watercooling because I wanted more speed. Why did I need more speed out of my PC? I bought the wrong stuff.
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 voted, but agree with MT Alex: I went because of cooling & quietness. I've been doing this so long, when I started parts didn't look bad-ass :pimp:
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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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:
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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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.
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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Check your tubing size (1/2-3/4) and comp fitting sizes (1/2-5/8), as they need to be the same.
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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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.
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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Benchmark Scores Firestrike: 15439
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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.
Are yours compression fittings?