Air Cooling VS Liquid Cooling - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > New Systems | Building and Buying
Click Here to Login
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-31-2013, 08:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 11
Default Air Cooling VS Liquid Cooling

I was Thinking of a getting a new pc but have a hard choice between liquid or air cooling.well i not sure but does liquid cooling require maintaince every so often and what are the differences between then spec and trouble wise?

gmat11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2013, 09:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
objecterror's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: United States
Posts: 732
Default Re: Air Cooling VS Liquid Cooling

Liquid cooling requires similar if not slightly more maintenance as air cooling. One aspect to remember is you still need to keep your fans clean to operate at optimum efficiency.

Ask yourself a few questions first before making the investment in liquid cooling.

Are you going to overclock any of your hardware?
Are you content with a closed CPU cooling? Such as a Corsair Hydro or a complete closed loop?

Liquid cooling, building a fully closed loop with reservoir, pump, radiator and tubing can be costly. However, the slight difference in temperatures is often up to experimentation.

So, what are you actually looking at from a liquid cooling setup?

objecterror is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2013, 09:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 11
Default Re: Air Cooling VS Liquid Cooling

Well i dont think i will be doing any overclock and i think i would go for a complete closed loop and how big a difference in temperature and price would it be ?
gmat11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2013, 09:22 AM   #4 (permalink)
Build Guru
PP Mguire's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Posts: 28,953
Default Re: Air Cooling VS Liquid Cooling

Depends highly on if you want to overclock. Considering any modern CPU doesn't and won't need an overclock for some time for any amount of gaming, I suggest just sticking with the stock cooler.

If you want to overclock, it depends on how extreme you want to go, how much budget you have, and how patient you are with your build.
Something like a Hydro cooler is practically 0 maintenance. It's a closed loop, and 99% guaranteed never to leak. The only thing you need to do is every 6 months or so take the fans off and clean the dust off the rad.

A custom loop on the other hand requires a lot of patience, a lot of budget, and a lot of care. You have to choose wisely your parts in the build if you are going for any kind of GPU water blocks or motherboard blocks. Usually only reference video cards have aftermarket block support, and only certain high end boards have block support. These days motherboards don't necessarily require cooling at all. I can personally say that I would only water cool the X79 boards if you're going for high 24/7 clocks, but considering I think you're just wanting to game that platform isn't really designed for you.
You have to plan your loop out carefully, and make sure you have the proper parts if you're not buying a kit. When you build, it's recommended you leak test for 12-24 hours and you should flush and clean your loop out every 6 months or so. Just to make sure no bacteria or anything grows in there. With all this being said, I personally prefer custom loops because I've made many, but for most beginners the Hydro series is a much easier and better start until you get a grasp of the rest of the machine.

In terms of performance, water all the way. An h80i can best most of the very high end air coolers with the right fans and it puts a lot less strain on your motherboard. Not to mention, all that air goes straight out of your case.

Edit: Yea, if you don't plan on overclocking, I wouldn't recommend any other cooler besides the stock to stick with your warranty. If you're adamant on having something extra, the H55 or H60 are nice small units that could potentially drop temps 10-20c depending on ambient temps and the fans put on there.
"Resolution is just a number." #Ubisoft
Origin/Steam = PP_Mguire Twitch = pp_mguire Instagram = ppmguire PSN = PP_Mguire

Access to my Plex PM me.
PP Mguire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2013, 03:47 PM   #5 (permalink)
patonb's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: In Gov't Regulated Cubical
Posts: 9,745
Default Re: Air Cooling VS Liquid Cooling

I bet the computer is from cyberpower and it is there house brand all-in-one coolers.

Basically rebranded Alsteks or whatever they're called.
Foldie = i5 6600kMSI Z170A M5 EVGA 970 SC Corsair H100 Corsair hx520 2x8gb GSkill Corsair 650D
Woohoo = L5639 @3.1Ghz EVGA SR-2 gtx 260-216 Hyper 212+ Corsair 1050hx 6x2gb Corsair XMS3 Blackhawk Ulra
Alienware 18 - SLI 770M 4700mq 16Gig

patonb is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:39 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.