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#1 Fred

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 03:41 PM

In my new build, I plan on doing Liquid Cooling but I have yet to tinker with it.  Does anybody have any in depth experience with CPU and GPU cooling?

 

I am still a ways out on this build,  but wanna start researching now so i can figure out what would be the best system.

 

THanks


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#2 Kicken

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 04:47 PM

I've never used it but in my experience, air cooling works find unless you really wanted to push it on overclocking.


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#3 daedalus212

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 01:02 AM

are you wanting to do closed loop cooling or a custom loop cooling?


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#4 Nahku

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 02:42 AM

I'm running a Corsair H100i and I love it.   Unless you're running some sort of crazy super-cooled system, I think the days of needing an intricate pump system are behind us (thank god).    This simple cooling unit keeps my cpu cool and is whisper quiet.    I haven't messed with GPU cooling since I've not seen the need, but I know they're starting to come out with integrated cooling blocks on factory-shipped models now.


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#5 Soviman

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 08:07 AM

I would advise against liquid cooling unless you

a) have a heavily overclocked system

b ) have a tower with horrid aerodynamics

c) are deadset on it because you want to try it or it would make your tower look cool.

I have built 4 computers with non overclocked parts and have never needed to use liquid cooling as they had towers that properly routed the air.


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#6 siralexlaw

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 09:23 AM

Unless you spend good money on a radiator tower and are doing extensive overclocking watercooling only has 1 benefit.

 

less sound in the room (keep in mind i wearing noise cancelling headphones, my tower is ear height less than a foot away and I can't hear a thing)

 

It's a great side project in order to understand loops and how to setup a system for watercooling however ultimately it isn't worth the cost unless is a hobby thing. I've built 1 watercooled system in my time and it worked flawlessly. I overclocked by about a half ghz and it maintained a temperature i could have obtained through air cooling. Overall build time was about 2 hours and included a small tank reservoir on the bottom of the case. Ran for 2 years without any kind of buildup in the pipes.

 

*edited to ensure sanity*


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#7 Kicken

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 09:38 AM

Unless you spend good money on a radiator tower and are doing extensive overclocking watercooling only has 2 benefits.

 

1) less sound in the room (keep in mind i wearing noise cancelling headphones, my tower is ear height less than a foot away and I can't hear a thing)

2) I guess there is only one.

You're breaking my brain here. Perk #2 could be that there is only 1 perk. But if there is a 2nd perk, perk 2 no longer applies. Stahp.


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#8 Fred

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 11:47 AM

Thanks for your opinions on the matter however i was looking for information from somebody with in depth knowledge on the subject.  Folks who are experienced in putting a system together, what parts are out there, which parts are good,  which types of setups are good,  what radiators are good, what brands provide better performance  etc.

 

 

Thanks


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#9 Fred

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 12:02 PM

Thanks Nahku,   Yea i had heard that some vid cards are coming with blocks already on them.

 

Daedalus, I am looking for the best way to possibly cool a 2-3 vid card system and cpu and possibly ram as well,  So IF i could do that with multiple closed loop setups or a custom loop is what im after.

 

Of course i would also need to know the best liquid cooling friendly cases as well.


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#10 Soulztealer

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 12:06 PM

Hey Sqirl here is a good help guide to Liquid cooling on Tom's that I found very useful and has great info.

 http://www.tomshardw...ur-pc,1573.html

Another site that has great info and parts if you want all one brand Koolance is a good one.

http://koolance.com/

Here is the best site I have found for parts.

http://www.frozencpu...id_Cooling.html


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#11 daedalus212

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 03:20 AM

sqirl next time we are on skype we can talk about it. i would not say i am a pro, but i have build a few systems with custom loops in them so ya... lol


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#12 digitalFatteh

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 04:44 AM

I had a look at this last month when I thought about swapping out cases.  one site I came across here in Canada was https://www.dazmode.com/store/ .

The fella on the site also has some pretty in depth videos up on youtube if you care to take a look.


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#13 Erivel

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 12:55 PM

Liquid cooling is ridiculously expensive and labor-intensive (not to mention finicky!) for the system you described.  You'd need a custom loop system for the computer you described.  The GPU waterblocks alone can run around $100 USD.  Plus your build would have to be planned to the last detail, from the ground up.  I recommend this guide: http://choosemypc.net/wcguide/ 

Good luck!


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#14 Erukul

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Posted 01 June 2014 - 05:01 AM

I'm running a Corsair H100i and I love it.   Unless you're running some sort of crazy super-cooled system, I think the days of needing an intricate pump system are behind us (thank god).    This simple cooling unit keeps my cpu cool and is whisper quiet.    I haven't messed with GPU cooling since I've not seen the need, but I know they're starting to come out with integrated cooling blocks on factory-shipped models now.

Agree.

Just built a new system using the h100i on my i7 4770k(@4.5), my old one had h60(on a OC i5 2500k@4.4).

My MB sensors stay around 23C with a GTX 780 etc throwing off heat at full load, but I have an Antec 1200, so its well ventilated.


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