Continuing the discussion from Anyone have a Corsair 600T case? I'm trying to find replacement fans:
It’s a question I’ve had since I started building rigs, but I never made the jump to water cooled because to be quite honest, it scares the shit out of me. The idea that water is running through a system that is completely powered by electricity just makes me nervous. But, maybe it’s unwarranted?
My system isn’t too powerful right now. I run an 8-core AMD processor, and a Nvidia 780Ti. Everything is fan cooled at the moment. The onyl time I’ve ever heard my computer run harder than normal (or ‘hot’ if you will) is if:
- The ambient temperature in the room is warmer than normal.
- I’m playing a graphically demanding game on the highest settings for a long period of time.
- I’m running a moderate to high game for a long period of time while streaming it.
Knock on wood, I’ve never run into any problems when it runs hot. I get nervous personally, because it can be VERY loud. However, I have noticed no errors, no slowdown, no issues whatsoever. I’d say it runs that hot no longer than an hour or so before I give it a break and let it cool down (which doesn’t take longer than two or three minutes before it’s running normally again).
I am pretty sure water cooling isn’t needed now, but I imagine if I go much more powerful than what I run now, or dual graphics cards, I’m going to definitely see a need for it. I know the general idea is water cooled is more efficient because you can pull heat out of water more quickly, and it doesn’t retain heat as well, but is there anything else I’m missing as to why I’d go water cooled?
Thoughts on the pros and cons of it?