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How does water cooling works?





greenman
Recently I was reading an article about best ways to keep a system cool. It actually mentions water cooling as an alternative, and thats kind of new one for me. Anyone done this?
ocalhoun
Haven't done this, but here's how it works:
Installation:
You add a radiator/pump to your case (some cases have these built in)
You replace your heatsinks (for cpu's, cipsets, even hard drives) with special ones made for liquid cooling.
Route hoses between heatsinks and radiator/pump
fill the system with coolant.
Operation:
The pump pumps the coolant into all of your heatsinks sequentially.
The heatsinks draw heat from system components, then into the coolant fluid.
The fluid flows into the radiator.
The radiator cools the fluid (which has been heated by your system).
The fluid flows back to the pump.
(this may happen in a different order depending on configuration)
Benifits:
Keeps system cooler than air cooling
Quieter than air cooling
Drawbacks:
More expensive
Getting a leak would suck

I'm not sure if you use just water, or a special fluid.
Perhaps either one, depending on what type you buy.
In many cases, the radiator and pump are both part of one assembly.
greenman
wow...My computer does emanate alot of heat, specially after I installed a 6800 Ultra graphics card. I should look into this. Thx for the help
Naif
greenman wrote:
wow...My computer does emanate alot of heat, specially after I installed a 6800 Ultra graphics card. I should look into this. Thx for the help


I dont think liquid cooling is neccessary if you havent overclocked your system. Installing a system cooler instead should suffice
carlokes
I own myself a watercoolig (CPU + Graphic Card) and i must say that it was without any kind of doubt the best component i've ever bought...its efective and noiseless and allows you to make overclocking with some security.

About the leaks...I just have to say that if you install the kit following the instructions or if theres no instruction following a guide...you will get no problems on this field.

Finally i'll make a correction to ocalhoun :

"
I'm not sure if you use just water, or a special fluid.
Perhaps either one, depending on what type you buy.
In many cases, the radiator and pump are both part of one assembly."

You are advised to use destiled water and you should use it since its just water woth no minerals on it which can cause serious damages to the components.
And the pump and the rad are always 2 different components. what you may see it a one piece pump+reservatory
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