Price to performance -> Water cooling

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  1. Netwit

    Netwit Pass the Kerbango

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    Better than air cooling?

    I've got a Cm690 case, it's got excellent options for air cooling.

    However, I only want to cool my CPU, so water cooling kits seem rather reasonable at this point considering a nice CPU heatsink/fan runs about $60.

    Thanks in advance for your input.
     
  2. deusexaethera

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    It's not better than air cooling unless you have an external radiator. If the radiator is inside the case, or even attached to the case for that matter, the net gain is zero, because the radiator's surface area will be restricted to where it's comparable to a heatsink, and the airflow will be similar to what a heatsink could get as well. So all you'll accomplish is to very efficiently pipe heat to the edge of the case, where it will then get dissipated into the exact same air that would've been used for cooling if you hadn't spent $200 on a watercooler.
     
  3. Limp_Brisket

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    my friend bought a water-cooled system to make a silent computer, little did he realize the radiator was covered with fans :mamoru:
     
  4. deusexaethera

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    You could probably make a convection-powered watercooler, but you'd have to be very careful how you set it up.
     
  5. P07r0457

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    Zalman has an external tower-style cooler that is passive (no fans). However, I do NOT recommend it.

    Generally speaking, water cooling is for overclocking... not for comfort.

    get a thick steel case, tuck it under the desk, line the flat areas with raamat, get some quiet enermax or zalman fans, use fan control, use 120mm fans, etc....
     
  6. piratepenguin

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    Say what?


    in.

    what case is best?

    and what do you mean by an external radioter?
     
  7. P07r0457

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    lianli V2000 case is good for cooling. So is the CMStacker.
     
  8. Bencorn

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    I have the CM Stacker 810 and it is fantastic for cooling and it is almost silent with 4 120mm, 3 80mm, cpu, and video card fans. The loudest thing about it is a slot fan that I installed to pull air away from my video card and it is hardly noticeable. I would highly recommend it. It gives a massive amount of space internally to work with and hide cables and such. Mine has 11 harddrives and an 8800gts 640mb with plenty of room to get in there and move around.
     
  9. Doomsday

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    avoid the cheap ones. buy a swiftech kit or assemble your own.
     
  10. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    Spending money on water-cooling is like spending money on an exhaust for a Civic.
     
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    Water cooling if done right, always has superior performance and noise reduction to high-end air-cooling solutions.

    but yeah, if you are not overclocking to the extremes, what's the point?

    and there's the bling and e-penis thing
     
  12. Netwit

    Netwit Pass the Kerbango

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    Well, I was weighing the options of getting a 9850 and water cooling it.

    Obviously, for overclocking.
     
  13. Doomsday

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    why? that chip struggles to reach 3ghz. 3.2 if you are lucky.
    a Q6600 on air will kick its ass.
     
  14. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    Exactly - how many people who overclock their processors actually benefit on a daily basis of a faster processor? Do we really have a lot of protein folding simulators out there?
     
  15. deusexaethera

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    External radiator = radiator that is outside the case.
     
  16. deusexaethera

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    There's also the "oops, I bumped my case, and the coolant sloshed in the overflow tank, and now the computer is on fire" thing; that's always cool.
     
  17. Doc Brown

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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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