Should I use water cooling or heatsink fans for my custom built extreme level gaming PC?

RaGuNaTh.B KeTtVaN August 25, 2012
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I’ll be building my custom made extreme level gaming PC near soon. Now confused in the part whether to install watercooler or heatsink fans. Which would be best for both money and performance value? My budget is around 1700 USD for whole system. Thanks.

  1. HLJonnalagadda
    September 21, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Water cooling is the way to go. When I built my first rig around 3 years ago, I could not get a hold of it in India, so went for some huge heatsink fans. While they do the job very effectively, the noise levels can get quite bothersome during a gaming session.

  2. Darren Reynolds
    August 26, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Agreed, if you have the time, money and ability, definitely water cooled...

  3. April Eum
    August 26, 2012 at 4:32 am

    water cooling, it works a lot better for its worth in my opinion.

  4. Alan Wade
    August 25, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Rather than treat you like an idiot, I will just answer your question. Go for water cooled, its more expensive but well worth it.

    • RaGuNaTh.B KeTtVaN
      August 26, 2012 at 7:43 am

      LOL! Okay. I'll go for it, then.

  5. Erlis D.
    August 25, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    With 1700 USD you can build an awesome pc!
    I recommend air cooling! If you have a little experience, and have the patience to maintain the water cooling system, then do so.
    Good luck! :D

    • RaGuNaTh.B KeTtVaN
      August 26, 2012 at 7:42 am

      Thanks for the opinion dude. ;)

  6. Vipul Jain
    August 25, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    not concerned with the entire budget.
    If the budget you can allot to cooling system is not more than $2-300, go for Air cooling as it will be cheaper to install and wont require maintenance, also there wont be any chances of shorts.
    But of you can spend around $500 for the cooling, get a water heatsink, it is far more effective but requires care & maintenance.

    • RaGuNaTh.B KeTtVaN
      August 26, 2012 at 7:42 am

      Wanna go for watercooling.

  7. Yonathan Hammer
    August 25, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    It really depends on the hardware. But my guess would be that you'll be using a high-end GPU (or more in CrossFire/SLI) so in that case watercooling will dramatically reduce wear and tear (those GPUs create massive amounts heat). Unless you can create good airflow that will keep your box at a good temperature, definitely go with watercooling (make sure to divide your budget accordingly).

    • RaGuNaTh.B KeTtVaN
      August 26, 2012 at 7:42 am

      Yeah, thanks a lot.

  8. WIN_dicator
    August 25, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    My bet would be water cooling. It's super efficient, quite and also you can freely experiment with overclocking your CPU and graphic card.

    • RaGuNaTh.B KeTtVaN
      August 26, 2012 at 7:42 am

      Thanks dude.

  9. Osama Javaid
    August 25, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    do tell me what you build...1700$ is an awesome budget

    • RaGuNaTh.B KeTtVaN
      August 26, 2012 at 7:41 am

      LOL! Intel 3rd Gen, Asus MB, 16GB RAM, n etc bro. ;)

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