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how hard would it be to custom water cool a system?

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June 18, 2014 8:52:12 PM

hello, i am about to order the parts for my pc and was wondering about watercooling, i'm worried about my system running hot, especially since i plan on overclocking. this is just a worry i am having as i am spending alot of money on this machine and i would like for it to last.

here is the build if it's needed, also if you could i would appreciate a rough estimate of the extra cost
http://pcpartpicker.com/user/bloorevere/saved/Cr8j4D

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June 18, 2014 9:44:38 PM

That's a pretty boss system you got yourself planned out there. Recommended is a nice Noctua air cooler, depending on how much you plan on overclocking. Here's the thing, even with a nice Custom Water Loop, you might not get a ton more out of that chip than you would on air, but since you're going big, i do recommend the best air solution. If this is a gaming rig, I'd almost say downgrade the motherboard and the CPU, put that money towards the next CPU/motherboard. You could get a nice 4770K and appropriate motherboard for overclocking, and save yourself a few hundred in the process. Just my two cents. Either way, Noctua. If you like to get your hands dirty, your first water cooling loop is like your computer, the parts only fit together so many ways, just make sure to make a list, make a diagram, make sure you got all your parts, and take your time putting it together. The watercooling stickies here are great. I wanted to, but couldn't justify the cost for my personal machine, so haven't taken the plunge, but read EVERYTHING I could get my hands on. Still sounds like a fun project, just not gonna be able to pull that much more outta my CPU/motherboard.
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June 18, 2014 9:56:05 PM

jossrik said:
That's a pretty boss system you got yourself planned out there. Recommended is a nice Noctua air cooler, depending on how much you plan on overclocking. Here's the thing, even with a nice Custom Water Loop, you might not get a ton more out of that chip than you would on air, but since you're going big, i do recommend the best air solution. If this is a gaming rig, I'd almost say downgrade the motherboard and the CPU, put that money towards the next CPU/motherboard. You could get a nice 4770K and appropriate motherboard for overclocking, and save yourself a few hundred in the process. Just my two cents. Either way, Noctua. If you like to get your hands dirty, your first water cooling loop is like your computer, the parts only fit together so many ways, just make sure to make a list, make a diagram, make sure you got all your parts, and take your time putting it together. The watercooling stickies here are great. I wanted to, but couldn't justify the cost for my personal machine, so haven't taken the plunge, but read EVERYTHING I could get my hands on. Still sounds like a fun project, just not gonna be able to pull that much more outta my CPU/motherboard.


thanks for the input, i will be overclocking to 4.0 GHz, and it is not just a gaming rig, it will be used for heavy gaming though, as well as some heavy rendering. however after some price checking and temperature checks, i believe a air cooler is the way to go, as a said before thanks for the recommendation.
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