Water cooling


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richkev

I'm getting the bug to build a new system, again. As always, I'm striving to
strike a balance between raw power and silence. I've always opted to take
speed over silence :)). Anyway, one thing that has always interested me is
the idea of water cooling a pc. Has anyone here had any bad experiences? A
decent water cooling system can really run up the cost and in the past, I've
never considered it worthwhile. Not to mention, every time you upgrade a
video card or CPU, it looks like you would have to upgrade the heat sink to
that particular device, also. But, I'm in the planning stages, so I'd
welcome any experiences with water cooling, both good and bad. Thanks.
 
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JIMMIE

I'm getting the bug to build a new system, again. As always, I'm strivingto
strike a balance between raw power and silence. I've always opted to take
speed over silence :)).  Anyway, one thing that has always interested me is
the idea of water cooling a pc. Has anyone here had any bad experiences? A
decent water cooling system can really run up the cost and in the past, I've
never considered it worthwhile. Not to mention, every time you upgrade a
video card or CPU, it looks like you would have to upgrade the heat sink to
that particular device, also. But, I'm in the planning stages, so I'd
welcome any experiences with water cooling, both good and bad. Thanks.
I bought a used PC that had it. I really didnt intent to keep it this
way but I figured why not since I the stuff to jury rig a water
sytem. I used an electric fuel pump to circulate a glycol/ water
mixture through the system and a 5 gal gerry can. I have to admit I
enjoyed the quietness but I dont think I would build one from scratch.
I probably would not have even invest in the fuel pump or resivoir if
I hadnt already had them.

Jimmie
 
F

Flasherly

I'm getting the bug to build a new system, again. As always, I'm striving to
strike a balance between raw power and silence. I've always opted to take
speed over silence :)). Anyway, one thing that has always interested me is
the idea of water cooling a pc. Has anyone here had any bad experiences? A
decent water cooling system can really run up the cost and in the past, I've
never considered it worthwhile. Not to mention, every time you upgrade a
video card or CPU, it looks like you would have to upgrade the heat sink to
that particular device, also. But, I'm in the planning stages, so I'd
welcome any experiences with water cooling, both good and bad. Thanks.
Saw one, maybe Thermaltake's on sale for $50 last couple weeks. Big
self-contained unit that sits atop and feeds into the case. Hell of a
lot of gear for that price compared to what been often comparably sold
for the last couple years -- a slab of brass, some fins, and
assurances it's got the latest greatest heatpipe wick technology. As
to whether either makes significant difference -- huge question, no
doubt. O - and never owned one and can't claim to have seen any green
or blue iridescent fluids being sprayed all over inside a case.
 
R

richkev

Saw one, maybe Thermaltake's on sale for $50 last couple weeks. Big
self-contained unit that sits atop and feeds into the case. Hell of a
lot of gear for that price compared to what been often comparably sold
for the last couple years -- a slab of brass, some fins, and
assurances it's got the latest greatest heatpipe wick technology. As
to whether either makes significant difference -- huge question, no
doubt. O - and never owned one and can't claim to have seen any green
or blue iridescent fluids being sprayed all over inside a case.
Ahh well, I'm just doing some checking. I'm sure I'll go with a very large,
not so loud, after market heat sink like I always do. My biggest concern has
always been what to do when I go out of town. Seems a little risky to let
the cooler just sit there without the pumps running (with the computer off).
Oh well, I did like the article, though. Especially this line:

Modifications of this kind can be dangerous and invalidate manufacturer
warranties. Such projects should only be carried out by qualified engineers
in controlled conditions.

LOL. And thanks for the responses.
 
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Flasherly

Ahh well, I'm just doing some checking. I'm sure I'll go with a very large,
not so loud, after market heat sink like I always do. My biggest concern has
always been what to do when I go out of town. Seems a little risky to let
the cooler just sit there without the pumps running (with the computer off).
Oh well, I did like the article, though. Especially this line:

Modifications of this kind can be dangerous and invalidate manufacturer
warranties. Such projects should only be carried out by qualified engineers
in controlled conditions.

LOL. And thanks for the responses.
http://thermaltakestore.com/bigwater-735-7350075.html

May be wrong, but seemed I was looking an external unit different from
this, self-contained on top or side of case, although the price when I
looked was $49 - not the $80 listed. This should fit inside a big
case. Think I could stuff it into an Antec 300 I haven't assembled.
Bit a reality check, though. Nice stuff, water coolers -- only lots
more potentially to go wrong.

What I've got (older version, different colors, and one monster of a
CPU cooler). Probably 5 years ago paid $50. Hot stuff then, I guess.
I wouldn't spend much over $20 now, and though working like a charm --
wouldn't get something (again) that I couldn't replace the fan.

http://www.intolan.com/GIGABYTE_3D_Rocket_II_Cooler_CPU_Fan_p/fan-cpu-gb-3dr2.htm
 

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