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November 27, 2011 12:08:24 PM

Hi All,

I am planning on building a gaming PC, but I was wondering if I needed to choose water cooling for it. The PC Specs, Fans I would use, and Case (that has fans) are below.

PC Specs:

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Sound Card - 192 kHz - 24-bit

Windows 7 Home Premium

XFX Core Edition PRO650W Power supply - 650 Watt

G.SKILL RipJaws Series 8GB: 2x4GB Memory - DIMM 240-pin - 1600 MHz (PC3-12800)

Intel Core i5-2500K Processor Quad-Core

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - motherboard - ATX - LGA1155 Socket - Z68 - LGA1155 Socket

eVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD SuperClocked Graphics card - 1.25 GB - GDDR5 SDRAM

Seagate Barracuda 1 TB Internal Hard Drive - 600 MBps - 7200 rpm



Coolmax CMF-1225-BL 120mm UV LED Cooling Case Fan - Blue (x2)



Rosewill Challenger Black Gaming Computer Case


So, with the three fans in the case and 2 extra fans, is water cooling necessary?

Thanks! :D 

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a c 334 K Overclocking
November 28, 2011 1:25:18 AM

Watercooling isn't 'necessary' for most builds, but more of a hobbyist cooling solution. You can do some really cool stuff (pun intended) with a watercooling loop, but it depends on your budget. I'm not sure how well your case is built to accommodate an actual water loop, so that is something to consider as well. As for case fans, it really depends on the fans being used - not all case fans are created equal.

Come visit us over in the watercooling forum if you want to get some additional ideas. I have watercooling sticky info linked in my signature below.
November 28, 2011 7:59:19 PM

OK, cool thanks. It is my first build, so I might do it on my next.
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a c 334 K Overclocking
November 29, 2011 1:31:51 AM

Not a problem. If you need any help or ideas, feel free to PM me or swing over to the watercooling forum. We're happy to help you toss around ideas and show you where to begin.

Good luck.
November 29, 2011 7:07:52 PM

Best answer selected by Lunacat78.