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Old July 10, 2011, 06:38 PM
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You nailed it ^^^^^^ I have toyed with idea of WC for the last few yrs, but considering the amount of $$$ to spend, the fact that I regularly change out various components in my Rig, Air Cooling is absolutely adequate (even with a 980X @ 4.3 Ghz), new GPU (580's) running arond the same Temps as the old GTX 280 (even 8800GTX), the need simply isn't thier imo.....sure, if you want 4.6 - 4.8 Ghz OC on the CPU, then absolutely, but no guarantees, spend the $$$ on your WC cooling loop and find out your chip simply cannot get stable at those clocks...so what do you really gain?

Noise....?.....ah...up to a bunch of 120mm or a few 140mm fans the noise is simply a hum...no biggie really.

Likely stick to my Air.....unless I wind up in the Tropics of course ;)
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Old July 12, 2011, 09:06 AM
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I know myself, the main reason to watercool was to gain max performance. However, after completing my setup, it has become more of an addiction. I enjoy tearing it apart and starting over. That may be my personality though as I enjoy doing the same with computers in general. I enjoy building computers from the ground up and have a constant itch to do so.

Since I put my loop together in the spring, I have rebuilt it three times and have also setup full loops on two other systems just because I was bored. :P Yes it's expensive, but all the hobbies I chose are whether it be watercooling/computers, car audio or paintballing. Each hobby has put me well above the $2-3000 mark.

Will I continue watercooling? Yes. Every chance I get. I tried a couple different AIO solutions and I didn't get that same tingle while putting it together and seeing the end result. The only thing that slows me down is money. :S
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Old July 12, 2011, 09:36 AM
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I only currently have my CPU watercooled with custom v8 stinger and I constantly am changing MBs around, I actually find it allot easier to change with the watercpu water block then with air . with that said I want to add in two waterblocks for my vid cards but the thing is that I Know that this is going to turn into a total hassle because in a while I might upgrade to the Bulldozer which won't be the issue but what will be the issue is I most likely will upgrade my gtx 285 vid cards which I am very sure will cause a hassle lol
the only reason why I have water cooled is because it is allot cooler and quieter the air . before I water cooled my room would get hot but since I have through on the water block my room only gets pretty hot lol.
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Old July 12, 2011, 09:41 AM
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I completely agree Slaughter.

I could have stayed with air...but no challenge, no satisfaction from the (ongoing) build/ rebuild

I find now that putting together a computer is as simple as building with LEGO; do some research, connect the pieces...done. But with watercooling; even though I may not get the temps I always want, I get some more satisfaction in knowing that I'm always learning something new about this "very addicting, very expensive" hobby.
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Old July 12, 2011, 09:55 AM
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I have the H50 and am getting the H100 in a week or so, but that said I have thought about doing a real full WC loop. Part of this is because I have two 580's and would love to have it all water cooled.

But cost is really what holds me back (yes I know that is ironic considering I do have two 580s). I might get into it, but I would most likely have to move up to a larger case and I would want it all done so really I'm looking at after case and all probably close to a grand. So that is a lot to swallow for just cooling.
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Old July 12, 2011, 10:13 AM
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Keep looking at the sales for cases that will house a good watercooling setup; that's what I did in my initial planning, and I got really lucky in finding the 700D for only $150.00 at ncix.com in the early spring.

The sales are out there (as are the cases too), you just have to know what you want and what your budget is for a new case.
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Old July 12, 2011, 10:20 AM
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And I had picked up the 800D for $199. :)
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Water cooling is as expensive or cheap as you make it. You can build a decent cpu loop for under $300.
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Old July 12, 2011, 10:32 AM
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Quote:
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Desktop or whatever you want to call them are going the way of the Dino.
here's one link that says otherwise PCs Dead? No, But Desktops Are Looking Old | Tech Goes Strong ; as I'm sure that all that watercool their computers will tell you, we're not doing it just to have something pretty sitting in our offices.

" So, is the PC dead? No. Rather than the PC dying, it seems to me that other devices are trying to become more like the PC—take Motorola's Atrix phone, with its PC-like processing power. "
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Old July 12, 2011, 11:43 AM
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With closed loop, maintenance free systems coming out like the H100 (and CoolIt C240....and even stuff like the swiftech Edge series, but whatever..), I can see the appeal of custom loops to drop. Sure I love my loop, but for less cost, hassle, etc, options like the H100 have never looked more appealing, at least for a CPU only loop.
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