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purpose of a water cooling custom loop?

I have done an extensive amount of research on building my own custom loop. I really want to do it. However, I cant seem to justify the $600 price tag on all of the components... how much more performance will i really get out of the custom loop? Five... maybe ten extra frames with a decent OC?

I also do understand its also really for a silent and aesthetically pleasing experience, but is it really worth the cost? Anyone have any opinions or insight as to why I should or shouldnt water cool? I really want to, but wow is it expensive.
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  1. you wont get 600 dollars worth. i can tell you that much ;)
  2. neon neophyte said:
    you wont get 600 dollars worth. i can tell you that much ;)


    I know, but I mean, is there any reason to even do it at all? What is the point of cooling components like that for such minimal gains? Are there gains I don't know about?
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    it looks cool, its quieter, you can push your parts a bit harder, you get the peace of mind knowing they are running cooler

    it's not really money well spent but it's the same reason people do extensive work to their cars. sure, theyre only getting a few horse power here and there for a fair bit of money but they love it. it's a passion. same deal here.
  4. purse said:
    I have done an extensive amount of research on building my own custom loop. I really want to do it. However, I cant seem to justify the $600 price tag on all of the components... how much more performance will i really get out of the custom loop? Five... maybe ten extra frames with a decent OC?

    I also do understand its also really for a silent and aesthetically pleasing experience, but is it really worth the cost? Anyone have any opinions or insight as to why I should or shouldnt water cool? I really want to, but wow is it expensive.


    Well if your only concern is to get maximum performance out of your machine you will almost always be better off spending the money upgrading the components instead (with a few unique exceptions). Other than the increased performance, there is the appearance you mention, and of course if you want your computer to run quietly, it can do so in a way that simply can't be done with air. Other than that though it's a hobby. Is collecting stamps worth it? Obviously no one here can tell you if it is worth it for YOU to do as it is a completely subjective thing.
    Think of it like a car with all the options, vs one that has nothing. Are the options worth it? From a strictly functional point of view no, both cars get you there just fine. One just is more comfortable. Only you can decide if it is worth it.
    From the sound of things you would find it worthwhile, but I obviously can't say if you will find it 600 dollars worthwhile.
  5. Thanks guys. I dont think ill do it... it would mean upgrading my case as well. For the price tag i could get myself another 780ti. Seems more realistic.
  6. that is the way i would go too
  7. hey back in the days I had an I7 2600k and an gtx570 with custom watercooling. and back then it was amazing! my cpu used around 260watts at 5ghz and it stayed well under 70c and my gpu was over 1ghz at 60c. amazing machine few years ago. but realy now you whont need it. i7 and i5 cpus are so energy efficent! the temps almost dont get in ur way with an nice case like a coolermaster haf X and a good cpu air cooler! plus super high overclock dont work on haswell any more the best you can hope for is around 4.8 - 4.9 and you dont NEED water for that. same with gpu's yes they get hot like around70-80c ? get a msi twin frozer and its 60-70 + sillent and you can overclock the shit out of them with out frying ur gpu's. water wil MAYBE get you 1-2% better clocks but it would be so unstable that you whont game with that because your system may crash..
    ONLY if you are going for 3 ore more gpu's with a LGA2011 socket cpu and a HUGE overclock it would be recommended.
    but! with that system you whont need extreme overclocking because there is no game in the world that needs it.
    ok ok maybe battlefield 4 at 4K and Max settings... but wait a year or 2 for that stuf it will be optimised and play able :)
  8. You do it for the same reason you put custom wheels and tires, paint and engines in cars, because you can. If you have the $$$ to spend without the kids going hungry, have at it.
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