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Water cooling vs fan cooling

Ted_Bettcher

41 months ago

I'm new to watercooling.

What are the advantages/disadvantages?

How much maintenance does water cooling require and is it better to get an isolated water cooling system?

How op does your build have to be until you even have to consider having it water cooled instead of air cooling?

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  • 41 months ago
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How much maintenance does water cooling require...

There's a moderate amount of maintenance: checking for leaks and draining/refilling the coolant every once and awhile.

Initial installation is where most of the extra work comes from for water cooling.

...is it better to get an isolated water cooling system?

If you mean AIO and you're looking for something you can simply install and run, then yes.

How op does your build have to be until you even have to consider having it water cooled instead of air cooling?

You can water cool an i3/RX 480 build if you're okay spending the money on it. On the flip side, you can air cool a Broadwell-E/GTX 1080 build and have it run at optimal performance.

Most hardware has gone past the point where water cooling is necessary to achieve peak overclocks; today's processors hit stability and voltage limits before they hit temperature limits.

Whether or not you go with water cooling comes down to how much money and effort you're willing to put into your system and if you're an enthusiast that just likes having something that looks cool.

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