Watercooling, Is it worth the money? 27 replies

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Mast3rofPuppets VIP Member

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#1 14 years ago

Okay I have some questions about water cooling and overclocking:

1. Watercooling, is it worth the money? I think I could get a decent watercooling sysytem running for about 150-200 bucks. I'm going plumbing school so the assembly shouldn't be a problem, I basicly do the same thing in school but the the things I work with there is much bigger. I could also "borrow" most of the connectors from the school :naughty: (atleast if I use 15mm hose).

2. Is watercooling much more silent than aircooling?

3. Overclocking: I have a AMD Athlon +1800XP(1.53mhz) and I would like to overclock it, any tips/guides? Do I need to open my CPU to overclock or could I do it just through BIOS? I'm a complete newb when it comes to overclocking but I think I can do it if anyone could explain it/find a good guide to do it (i've searched after one but couldn't find a good one.)

4. I might skip the watercooling and buy a good CPU fan instead. Is this one good enough to overclock with? http://www.thermaltake.com/coolers/volcano/rs/a1745.htm (costs around 25-30 bucks)

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5. How can I find out how many watts my power supply have?

// MoP




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#2 14 years ago

1:it is worth the money i guess as todays processors produce a lot of heat although fans still seem to cope.but if you are going to overclock watercooling is better

2:i dont know,but i wonder if the pump makes any noise and if the system comes with a fan how much noise does that fan produce?

3:you maybe able to change your fsb frequency but see if your multiplier can be changed in your bios also some prcessors can have their multiplier unlocked to change it. This depends on your motherboard so check the specs on the makers website or in the manual if you have one

4:looks good but check other sites as well i use a zalman 6000 http://www.zalmanusa.com/usa/product/view.asp?idx=33&code=005009010

5: take it out and look at the sticker or look in your manual for pc if it came with one


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#3 14 years ago

watercolling is very quite, not noiseless but very quite. IMO its worth it if you plan to really attemp to max out your system, meaning more that like a 5% overclock. No fan can really provide the cooling needed for heavy overclocking. there are a few good links to find info in overclocking in the Sticky thread "Computer Guides".




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#4 14 years ago

I wouldnt spend the money for watercooling unless your into oc'ing everything (amds become quite hot) overwise its nothing that five fans cant handle.




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#5 14 years ago

Since i've only been interesed in hardware for a few weeks I decided to open my computer and check out some stuff. I bought it from some japs that have thier own computer store down the street (they are very cheap and now I know why...)

I noticed that I don't have a chassi fan! Only a powersupply fan (wich I thought was the chassi fan) and a CPU fan that was clogged with dust (I cleaned it ofcourse). When i felt on the heatsink under the fan I almost burned myself! (not joking).

Now I will buy a new CPU fan and a chassifan (or maybe 2?) and I have some questions:

1. Does a 120mm fan fit on a "normal" chassi or should I go for 80mm?

2. If you're going for 2 fans, where do you put the second one? What I could see there was only holes for one.




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#6 14 years ago

Errr sounds like you have to mod the case to put more fans in. Either 120mm or 80mm works. The older bigger ones have slower rpm so its not as loud.

Mast3rofPuppets 2. If you're going for 2 fans, where do you put the second one? What I could see there was only holes for one.

The ps doesnt count as a fan ;) I dont think two chasis fans will be enough (I dont know how your computer even turned on without going up in flames with no chasis fans) You need some on each side, one side for air intake, the other for out take.




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#7 14 years ago

Does that means that I must starting cutting holes in my chassi? Any guides would be helpfull (if ther exist any, I can't find anyone about chassi cooling).

Thanks alot for your answers :)




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#9 14 years ago

ummm this may sound strange (well it will be strange coming from me lol) but what cases it or can you post a pic?

the advantage of having a large fan (120mm) is that you can run it at low speed using a speed controller so it is not too noisy

if you want a second fan then it could go on the side,but you might need to extend the cable but extensions are available (zalman do both as i have used them dont know about other makes)


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#10 14 years ago

Meh what do you mean "if you want a second fan..." If all he has is a cpu fan and a power supply fan then he really doesnt have any chasis fans at all. A picture would be helpful one thing you need to remember is that if you have too much air being taken out of the case and not enough going in then you just made a nice little inferno.

As for noise some people like it loud cause it makes there machine look powerful. I would recommend a fan controler but if you want it quite you might not need one if you use the fan control if you use: "The older bigger ones have slower rpm so its not as loud"