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    Re: QOTW: Will your next PC be air- or liquid-cooled?

    A few times the Nvidia/Intel switched graphics in my work laptop has got it close to being cooled by the passing air as it sails out the window. Does that count?

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    Re: QOTW: Will your next PC be air- or liquid-cooled?

    Air all the way. Tried water cooling my PC and saw no benefit but had the added risk of potential leaks destroying my kit so went back to air. Running a I7-7700K with a Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro 4 and idles at 30, load at about 60-65 degrees. All good

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    Re: QOTW: Will your next PC be air- or liquid-cooled?

    Quote Originally Posted by spacein_vader View Post
    Air. CPUs are more thermally efficient than ever, air coolers air more reliable (less to go wrong,) generally cheaper and a decent one is quieter than water-cooling with fans on the rad + pump noise.
    9900k & 9900KS
    A D5 pump on level 2 is a quieter than a A15, and you can always have an absurd amount of rad space and use like 400rpm fans

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    Re: QOTW: Will your next PC be air- or liquid-cooled?

    I don't trust liquid coolers at all, so I'll be sticking to air. If you have a liquid, you're going to need to keep your eye on it alot, and while problems are very rare, it could only take one little bit to destroy many £££s worth of hardware.

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    Re: QOTW: Will your next PC be air- or liquid-cooled?

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    A few times the Nvidia/Intel switched graphics in my work laptop has got it close to being cooled by the passing air as it sails out the window. Does that count?
    Mine is cooled by Windows 10 updates. The cooling circuit is as follows:
    1) Microsoft forces an update on me.
    2) Update breaks something important.
    3) Air is moved at high velocity with the shouting and also turns a shade of blue.
    4) Convection is caused by rising steam from my ears.
    5) Steam condenses forming clouds and rain which falls onto the open system.
    6) Water shorts out PC which then dies, becoming exceptionally cold.
    7) PC lands on floor outside, window needs replacing. Ventilation is improved.
    8) Only here as I can't stand prime numbers.

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    Re: QOTW: Will your next PC be air- or liquid-cooled?

    It is rare my fans ramp up over 1000 RPM, and they top out at 1200 anyway.
    700 RPM are the MIN i have set for the fans that can not switch off completely.

    So in this current case thats the 2 fans on the radiator ( only CPU have H2O at the moment )
    And the 2 fans that make sure there are no stagnant air anywhere on the motherboard.

    PSU + one exhaust fan will turn off now and then, and so will the new 5700 XT GFX card.

    Plan on having 2 X 200 mm fans ( 2 x 150 CFM ) for the next build, to intake and chill one RAD, but will also have 1 or 2 passive 360 rads before that one that will be "powered" by the over pressure as it leave the case.
    will be my first pressurized case build.

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    Re: QOTW: Will your next PC be air- or liquid-cooled?

    Air. I like the idea of playing with liquid but feel it's only needed because you are doing it wrong.

    I'm still using a HAF XB case with 2 Noctua AF140 (set 800min / 1000max) case fans cooling the top half (1080Ti FTW3 & 3770k @ 4.5 with a NH-D14) linked to a Recon fan controller. No disco lights either, just cool and quiet, no fuss.

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    Re: QOTW: Will your next PC be air- or liquid-cooled?

    Most likely air.

    While in theory I like the idea of liquid-cooling, I don't think I'd be able to trust it not to leak at some point. Even if it was all installed correctly initially, I'd likely be worried about accidentally knocking something and causing a leak during the process of replacing or adding components (graphics card, HDD etc.), or even the process of doing the watercooling maintenance that's required, without noticing until it's too late.

    I think I'd still have that worry with an AIO too, so sticking with air seems to be the best option to me.
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    Re: QOTW: Will your next PC be air- or liquid-cooled?

    sticking with water, although when I get round to upgrading I will rebuild my system with hard tubing. Considering building the machine into my desk or on the wall too but we'll see.

    Air is fine performance wise, but its nowhere near as much fun - I watercooled for the fun of building my own custom loop, getting the exact look and performance I want. Its near totally silent and keeps my 6700k at 10-12 degrees over ambient on full load, or at ambient temp when under "normal" load.

    I don't understand AIOs at all - air performance without the benefit and pleasure of building your own loop - it's an odd product type that personally I don't see a need for. I guess it's a looks thing but good AIOs cost almost as much as the parts for a basic custom loop, so still hard one to make add up!

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    Re: QOTW: Will your next PC be air- or liquid-cooled?

    Air without a doubt. For the small improvement you may get with liquid, having liquid pumping around by expensive circuit boards in probably an enclosed location where leaks may not be immediately apparent seems......a really bad idea to me!

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    Re: QOTW: Will your next PC be air- or liquid-cooled?

    Currently everything is under water but all separate AIOs. One each for the CPU's and one on the gfx card. Would love to get the whole thing under one custom loop but never had the balls to do it.

    I have to say the last 3 gfx cards have had AIOs and I defo prefer it as it cools better than the air equivalents and allows for higher overclocks / boost clocks without resorting to voltage bumps.

    My old CPUs defo benefit too as they are 130W parts, probably wouldn't go water if I had a modern CPU. The other half has a 1700X under a Noctua NH14 and doesn't get above 40 under full load!

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    Re: QOTW: Will your next PC be air- or liquid-cooled?

    Same as now. Liquid cooking with a custom loop, looks excellent an silent af.

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    Re: QOTW: Will your next PC be air- or liquid-cooled?

    Probably stick with air. It's simple & it just works. From everything I read water looks like a lot of extra expense and fiddling for questionable temperature benefits and a bit less noise. OTOH I think the best way I could make my uccrent PC quieter is to rearrange my stack so that the PC is no longer only ~18" from my left ear!

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    Re: QOTW: Will your next PC be air- or liquid-cooled?

    Was looking around at some Watercooling for current cpu. With all the horror stories of leaking AIO's. I might skip AIO's for big heatsinks.

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    Re: QOTW: Will your next PC be air- or liquid-cooled?

    I wish to go full custom loop for the next build, yet we will see.

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    Re: QOTW: Will your next PC be air- or liquid-cooled?

    I have had a good experience using an AIO so far, so provided it stays that way I will probably go for another in the future. This is mostly because despite what you say in your question, it is quieter than air cooling if done correctly. Not just easy on the eyes either, less weight on the motherboard and more airflow space inside the case, your question seems to be written quit bias towards air cooling in all honesty.

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