Water Cooling

Discussion in 'General Gaming and Hardware Forum' started by Sicblades, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. Sicblades

    Sicblades Antediluvian as Feck
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    Aug 28, 2008
    A few questions;

    Does anyone use Water cooling cases for their PCs? I'm wondering if I should water cool my system or just get a full sized tower with more fans.

    I have a small room that gets hot quickly so I'm thinking that water cooling would be best to keep the PC quiet and cool.

    Which cases are good?
     
  2. SuAside

    SuAside Testament to the ghoul lifespan
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    May 27, 2004
    water cooling cases? you do realise that water cooling doesn't have to come in some integrated overpriced shit case, right?

    and if your room gets hot quickly, so will the air and the water...

    unless you're going with a water chill unit, but that has downsides of it's own...
     
  3. Sicblades

    Sicblades Antediluvian as Feck
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    Aug 28, 2008
    Well that's why I'm asking...

    I guess I haven't done too much research other than that I know that water is supposed to keep it cool(kind of like a radiator for your PC)

    I suppose I could not water cool the case...

    And what are the downsizes of water chill?
     
  4. LogisticEarth

    LogisticEarth First time out of the vault

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    Nov 14, 2008
    The real question is: what are you doing with this PC? Is it just a high-end gaming rig? If so, then you dont' need water cooling at all, in my opinion. Just get a larger case with lots of fans, and a nice big copper heat-sink for your CPU.

    Water cooling, in my opinion, is for very specialized systems, and is pretty much overkill and a liability (Think abut leaks...) for 99% of computers.

    EDIT: As far as your room goes, It's going to have to get pretty damn hot in there before it's going to affect your machine. Just open a window or shut the heat off. :P
     
  5. Maphusio

    Maphusio Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Sep 25, 2004
    Perfect advice. I have an old Xazer III (so that's... 7.... 8 fans?) and a ridiculous Zalman heat sync. It actually reduced an old P4 rig from a toasty 120F to 95F ... I would have made love to it were there not so many razor sharp edges... then again....

    But forget all of that... BUST OUT THE PHASE COOLING!!1

     
  6. Sicblades

    Sicblades Antediluvian as Feck
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    Aug 28, 2008
    It's not really a high-end gaming rig, it's just a decent gaming rig...

    2.4GHz Dual-core processor
    2x nVidia 9600GTX
    4Gb 800MHz Ram

    I wasn't too worried about it affecting my computer at all. I'm more worried about being able to sit in there without it having to be a sauna. I have a pretty shitty case at the moment so I run it with the side open and usually have my window open; even though it's -20 Celsius outside. I just want to be able to run it quietly(hearing fans is starting to piss me off) and enclose it.

    But if water cooling is overkill I'll just stick to fans.

    Thanks for the advice :D
     
  7. Maphusio

    Maphusio Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Sep 25, 2004
    There are solutions to your fan woes. I frequently see cases reviewed that are extreemly cool and quiet.

    A quick google search yeilded one that I recall MaximumPC magazine reviewing and giving a decent score to.
    http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,2845,1833165,00.asp

    Personally, I don't much care for the design of the case. I am all about flash. I want a window with cathode red lights to show off my extremely expensive interior pieces. I also want a tower that I can barely wrap my arms around. I settled for the Xazer but would swap to the shark any day! Just need to get the car paid off...
     
  8. TheWesDude

    TheWesDude Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Feb 25, 2005
    just get one of those mineral oil rigs that totally immerses everything in it.
     
  9. Sicblades

    Sicblades Antediluvian as Feck
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    Aug 28, 2008
    That Antec one looks cool, I might have to pick it up.
     
  10. LogisticEarth

    LogisticEarth First time out of the vault

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    Nov 14, 2008
    I have that very case on my current system, and I highly reccomend it. It's nice, sturdy, and big with a quick release case side, so it's easy to work in, the fans are powerful but quiet, and the anti-noise padding really makes a difference. Plus how it compartmentalizes the power source helps keep the guts of the PC nice and frosty.
     
  11. Pope Viper

    Pope Viper This ghoul has seen it all
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    Dec 9, 2003
  12. Rev. Layle

    Rev. Layle A Smooth-Skin

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    Jul 26, 2005
    Add more fans... turn up the sounds and the subwoofer.... the fans will be drowned out ;)
     
  13. Sicblades

    Sicblades Antediluvian as Feck
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    Aug 28, 2008
    That's crazy Pope... I might give it a try :o

    @Layle: Yeah i do that but when I need to run it all night, it doesn't help.
     
  14. TwinkieGorilla

    TwinkieGorilla This ghoul has seen it all

    Oct 19, 2007
    just blow on it, retard.