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February 2, 2014 11:14:46 AM

My i7-4770k is in need of cooling and I am interested in custom water cooling so I can expand later and make it look cool. I believe the Raystorm 750 EX360 kit will suit my needs right now but I am slightly nervous in getting a water cooling loop even though I really need one. I'm not worried about the motherboard because it's full insured from whatever for 2 years but, my $330 GPU is sitting below where the loop is just waiting to be spilled on. Is the amazing cooling really worth it? And is there a way to shield the back of the GPU for reassurance, I had a really cool idea of a plastic shield that could fit in another PCI slot to shield the GPU from anything above it.

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a b K Overclocking
February 2, 2014 11:31:34 AM

Honestly, the cooling performance is not worth it over say an all in one unit like the h100 from corsair or any of the other all in one units. Obviously if you wanted, you could mount in a whole plastic sheild to cover your gpu from water, but no one really makes something like this. Basically what people do when testing a full custom loop is to hardwire the power supply with no actual components plugged in besides the pump and fans. This way even if water gets on your system, you have paper towels EVERYWHERE to be checking for leaks. If you do leak, but have no components plugged in, you will do absolutely no damage (you can literally wash pc parts if you dry them properly). Money wise, it's not super worth it either over say an all in one. The main thing a custom loop gives you is uniqueness as well as silence. You are able to add more radiators to cool, and therefore need less noisy fans. So no, the extra cooling over an all in one full cooler like the h100 or h10 is not worth it. For most people, it is the customness it brings to their pc that makes it worth it, something that they can look at and brag about as their own creation.
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February 2, 2014 12:04:05 PM

Brantyn Gerik said:
Honestly, the cooling performance is not worth it over say an all in one unit like the h100 from corsair or any of the other all in one units. Obviously if you wanted, you could mount in a whole plastic sheild to cover your gpu from water, but no one really makes something like this. Basically what people do when testing a full custom loop is to hardwire the power supply with no actual components plugged in besides the pump and fans. This way even if water gets on your system, you have paper towels EVERYWHERE to be checking for leaks. If you do leak, but have no components plugged in, you will do absolutely no damage (you can literally wash pc parts if you dry them properly). Money wise, it's not super worth it either over say an all in one. The main thing a custom loop gives you is uniqueness as well as silence. You are able to add more radiators to cool, and therefore need less noisy fans. So no, the extra cooling over an all in one full cooler like the h100 or h10 is not worth it. For most people, it is the customness it brings to their pc that makes it worth it, something that they can look at and brag about as their own creation.


I really do love the customization of building it yourself with the custom colors/parts and it helps with my HAF X since it has a 360mm radiator slot, but I'm still wondering if the chance of leaking is too high to risk the $300 GPU. Another thought is if any of those coolants that are resistant to electricity are effective. I know that anything looses conductivity over time due to particles and such but do they work at all?

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a b K Overclocking
February 2, 2014 12:08:03 PM

If you do everything right, you won't have to worry about leaks

and as far as cooling. The brighter and more extravagant the dye you use to color the liquid, the shorter the lifespan of the liquid. distilled water with a biocide is probably the best for longevity and ease of maintenance.

You CAN get coolants that do not conduct electricity if they leak (deionized solutions) but they quickly pick up ions from either the radiator or the coldplates in your system and will still short out parts if they leak nearer to the time they would need to be replaced.

The temp difference between the best coolant and distilled water is at max 3 degrees celcius, and requires more maintenance than distilled water.
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a b K Overclocking
February 2, 2014 12:09:01 PM

follow guides, as they usually include safe methods of testing the system for leaks that won't damage your parts.
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