I've been toggling between high end air cooling and simple water cooling my PC, more specifically my CPU. I've read time and time again that there's really no need to water cool unless you're overclocking OR the environment is hot. Now I'm not planning on overclocking, if I do it'll be very reserved. So needless to say I'm teetering more towards air cooling than water cooling.
The only thing is after beginning to buy parts, I haven't noticed much change with my temperatures.
Now I know you can't cool the computer lower than room temperature via air cooling.
The room is roughly 76 degrees F, my computer is running over 100 degrees F while idle. Again, it's not an insane set up, it's not even really a gaming set up. It's more or a less a simple computer running a Core I3 with 8GB of RAM. Like I said, simple build.
Now every so often I do put a strain on it by playing a game every now and then; older less intense games. Of course I put my fans on 100% and try to limit my gaming so internal components don't get too hot for too long.
My life story out of the way, I had a few questions.
Should I get an all-in-one water-cooler for the CPU to cool it down or will that do little more than the fans?
Should I add more directed fans?
Am I over-thinking this?
Case is a Cooler Master HAF X w/ the stock fans
Intake: Front (230mm), Side(200mm). Outtake: Top(200mm), Back(140mm). Additional (140mm) fan "free floating" blowing on GPU
Current Heat Sink: Evo 212 (in push-pull)
Wiring is mostly out of the way of all fans by design
Case is on a table so lots of space
Room Temperature 76 degrees F
Not over-clocked (though considering it in the future)
Edited by theonlybuster, 10 September 2014 - 02:01 PM.