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#1 blacktiger826

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 12:40 AM

I was with a friend at my local computer shop, and in short, I deduced that the fan cooling in my new system isn't quite enough. Its been working because of the open case setup ive let it stay in at the moment because its new and I was testing the system. If I want it to correctly cool I have a couple options. I can buy more fans/ leave it in open set up, or I can go for liquid cooling. I am distinctly against leaving it in an open set up just for possible damage issues, and more fans at the required speed would be very loud so I am very interested in liquid cooling. The problem is I am very inexperienced with that sort of cooling and had a few questions.
First, Ive heard I need to change the coolant every 6-9 months or so. How hard is it? while I do care about my system, I simply don't have the time to be constantly taking apart and putting back together an entire cooling system.
Second, How expensive is quality coolant? While I do want good stuff for my system, I don't want to shell out tons of money all the time.
Third, How much better is it? How much Quieter is it? How much more does it lower my temperatures?

Thanks for the help.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 12:47 AM

Leaving an open case is not a good idea, and something does indeed need done. Liquid cooling has come a long ways, but if all you do is the CPU, that may not change your system temperatures, and doing a full out liquid cooling setup can be expensive. Another option is a bigger, better case that allows better airflow.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:44 PM

Is liguid cooling worth it? It just depends.

If you have a CPU that is hitting 150+ watts and it is over volted, then yes, liquid cooling is worth it. Below 130 watts, stock voltage, then you run into some air coolers that do a fine job, albeit really big and heavy CPU coolers/fans.

All I have personal experience with is an H100 that I just installed on my new 3770K build. I got it mainly because it fit my case like a glove, and it makes the inside of the case a lot neater. Drawback, the fans on it are annoying, so I dumped an extra $20 for a pair of SP120 Quiets, and now all is well.

Personally, I only looked at the prebuilt units (Corsair/Thermaltake etc) as I don't have the time to mess with custom waterblocks and radiators/pumps/reservoirs/fluids.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 03:17 PM

Definitely agreeing with dpunisher, there is quite a few self contained watercooling kit that might be the solution. You can have a look at the H80 as that only requires a 120mm fan mount oppose to 2 120mm for the H100.

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