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Beginner at liquid cooling

wasab1

55 months ago

I am going to build my first PC in a few months and am considering liquid cooling. That being said, given how this would be my first build, I'm wondering whether I might be biting off more than I can chew. Is liquid cooling a good idea given my n00bishness? Do closed-loop systems like the Corsair H100i make liquid cooling (almost) as simple as fan cooling?

In case it's relevant, while I know my way around a screwdriver, I'm not exactly an expert in such things, so if a certain level of "expertise" is recommended in order to install even closed-loop systems, that'd be good to know.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 5 points

installing a all in one liquid cooler is as easy as installing an air cooler. if you do go for one forget about the H100i though, go for the nepton 240m or kraken x61 both have the same cooling capability if not better and are quieter to.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Like GAROLD said, it is not difficult to install an AIO cooler. Just follow the manual, make sure the block sits tight with the CPU (but not too tight) and double check if the screws don't pierce the radiator when screwing down the fans (this shouldn't happen if you use the screws provided by the manufacturer, but it does not hurt to be careful on that part imho).

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

The current crop of AIO coolers have almost a NIL failure rate. Just "Fit it & Forget it".. My vote goes to the cooler master nepton 240M. It runs very quietly & is on par with Kraken X61/ Corsair H100i.. The Corsair H100i & NZXT Kraken X61 are literally screamers with a 57 dBA recorded rating at highest settings..

Consider water cooling only if ur budget is around $80-100 US. Below that 120mm water-cooling radiators are on par with Air-coolers & is not worth the effort..

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I've pretty much only read good reviews of the X61, such as http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/6803/nzxt-kraken-x61-280mm-aio-cpu-cooler-review/index8.html

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

The link u posted itself shows a 59 dBA sound rating at 12V.

I took a screen-shot here: http://i.imgur.com/E5Z99Of.jpg

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Which is pretty good for a dual radiator water cooler. It isn't as good as the cooler master but is not as bad as the corsair.

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/6956/cooler-master-nepton-240m-aio-cpu-review/index6.html

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Naah 59 dBA is pretty loud dude!!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Not really - http://www.gcaudio.com/resources/howtos/loudness.html

Once you factor in background noise and proper case management it pretty much the same as the cooler master.

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