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Old 03-14-2005, 09:00 PM   #1
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Default Is water cooling worth it?

I have a decent Fan/Heatsink, one of those Thermaltake Volcanoes (I think.. can't remember). Also have 3 case fans (mid tower case.) My comp stays around 43ish degrees (in celcius) under heavy load. Is that a decent temp for your cpu? My mobo temp runs at about 38ish (in celcius). The reason why I ask, is because a couple of my buddies have those fancy schmancy liquid cooling rigs where theres tubes and a fish tank or whatever.

Is it worth spending the hundreds of bucks or so to get liquid cooling? Or is it only for those who like to over clock?
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Old 03-14-2005, 09:03 PM   #2
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Well.. it's definately a plus to overclockers. I have yet to get one myself, but hope to in the near future. It's also for people who want a QUIET system. Since you have three fans, that's a lot of noise, and WC would cut down on that quite a bit.

Combine better overclocking, better looks and quietness.. that's about all Watercooling amounts too.

If you have the extra money to spend, go for it. Especially if you want to overclock your CPU / GPU.
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Old 03-16-2005, 12:37 AM   #3
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im going to get water cooling because i want my pc extremely silent yet good cooling
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Old 03-17-2005, 05:45 PM   #4
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My pc is actually pretty silent considering the amount of fans I have in my rig. The reason why is because I got those Vantec Stealths up in there. Pushes a good amount of air, and stays very quiet at the same time.

I used to have this one fan my cousin gave to me. I asked him why he didn't want it anymore and he just said 'Just didn't like it, good fan though, serves its purpose'. So I decided to try it out.

When I turned on my system, the first noise I heard was this very extremely ridiculously loud scream. It was like a blow dryer on max power. I felt the air blowing against my leg though, and boy did it push air. But the sound was just unbearable, you couldn't hear yourself think with that thing on.
The brand of the fan is Vantec, the type is Tornado. Man Vantec Tornados, they push ungodly amounts of air, but at the same time make ungodly amounts of noise.
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Old 03-26-2005, 09:20 AM   #5
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i ran a thermaltake aquarious 2 a year or so back. it was a decent system that is quiet. the performance was comparable to air cooling but less noise. if you move up to higher quality units, youll get better performance for simaler noise. if you dont want watercooling just change the fans to low rpm fans.
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Old 03-30-2005, 09:37 PM   #6
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it is well worth it if you want good temps and silent computer

here is my antec p160 with dangerden heatercore.


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Old 03-30-2005, 09:39 PM   #7
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found somemore pics

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Old 03-30-2005, 09:40 PM   #8
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Nice set up man.

As a WC noob.. can I ask what that black stuff is in the bottom of your tower?
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and finally my oc with super pi

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I am working on getting that down to 32 seconds.
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in this photo you can see what it is. it is pax. mate sound absorping pads. they really do make a difference and it is only $15 a box on crazypc.com. it adds some weight to the panels and is designed to absorb high freq sound from fans


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here is a pic of it without stuff in the case

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The brand of the fan is Vantec, the type is Tornado. Man Vantec Tornados, they push ungodly amounts of air, but at the same time make ungodly amounts of noise.
I had one of those a friend of mine gave to me and I ended up giving it to another friend of mine...it wasn't the noise, I had it hooked to a rheobus so I could turn it down, it was the fact that it was like the siren song of old, every time I was around it it kept speaking to me "Come, stick your finger in my blades..." I just had to get rid of it.
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I have an Acetec Waterchill. Yeah, it's nice and quiet. The only sound I hear are those damn system fan and VGA fan. I had switched from a Socket 754 AGP DFI board to a eVGA Sli board, but the newer board is impossible to watercool, with the VGA blocking the system fan. So I get really good cooling for my CPU, but the system fan gets to make some noise. I could get a waterblock for the VGA, but usually it remains quiet, as whatever that I run isn't too demanding for it yet. Definately, go for watercooling if you'd like a silent PC. But don't forget a silent PSU as well. That thing could have up to 3 fans, and oh boy do they make noise! There are WC-kits out there that's relatively cheap for the performance they give. If you have the dough to buy a XP-120 or XP-90 from Thermalright, then I might reach a little more for the watercooling kit. (I have both WC and a XP-90 w/ Panaflo fan. Yeah, both pretty damn good cooling solutions, but the former is silent.)
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I can't believe you don't have a waterblock for your GPU! I'm currently working on a review for the Titan Robela water case, and am impressed so far. With the stock cooler, my load temp was 67ºC, but now with WC'ing it's 53ºC.
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The thing is, my GPU, if reported correctly, doesn't get much hot. So I decided not to get it. Yeah..if it does get hot, I'd have it already. My main thing is the 40mm fan that screeching inside my system....that little crybaby, makin some noise so long as my PC is on.
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