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Windows 7: Water Cooling of CPU...Too Risky or just Paranoid?


28 Jan 2014   #1

Windows 7 x64 and numerous virtual machines
 
 
Water Cooling of CPU...Too Risky or just Paranoid?

Hi Guys and Gals,
On one of my main rigs I have a Newegg.com - CORSAIR Hydro Series H75 CW-9060015-WW Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 120 MM installed keeping my FX 8350 around 17C or lower. My sister system has a Cooler Master Hyper 212 with push pull fans and the FX 8320 runs at 17 C or less. Not really any difference in performance. What is scaring the bejesus out of me is as an Electronics guy water and expensive electronics do not mix. A couple of reviews have made me question the water cooler in so much as I ordered another Cooler master 212 from Amazon. The review from LEOPOLD R .on New Egg has me somewhat concerned as does this:
My friends liquid cooling system leaked onto his Titan and sparked an electrical fire. Is the card salvageable? The LC company refuses to reimburse more than $150 for the card. : techsupportgore
I cannot afford to lose my system as I am no longer working and recently did an upgrade on 3 machines costing $1500 to $2000 (my wife was mad for a few till she got her new machine) and have somewhat shot my wad so to speak. What are everyone's thoughts? Am I being paranoid or is it like the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park? When the ride breaks down the Dino's eat the guests. If this cooler leaks bang goes my CPU, GPU, MB and Soundcard at least...

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28 Jan 2014   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Well i can say Paranoid but really you are being cautious which isn't bad at all

Now Water cooling does have a big gain over air cooling for the fact Idle temps don't tell you anything

When you are putting load on your machine you will see the difference in water and also if you overclock you will be able to go further in pushing speed

Now if you don't do any of that you can just get a decent after market cooler I would say water is for people who overclock and enthusiasts

Water coolers can vary and most of the time Sealed Loops are better then Building your own because when you build your own water cooling system you need to know what you are doing many have ruined machines by not knowing the proper way to install
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28 Jan 2014   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

I have to say I was up there with you before I put one of those things in my system, but being they've been around for a minute now, even I finally gave in and got one - CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Water Cooler - Newegg.com

That said, I do frequent inspections on my PC, plus I've already made up my mind that it's only got a life of two years before replacement. But yeah I got one, so...

Yeah, anything can happen, but... see my sig
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28 Jan 2014   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

ive had mine for about 6 months now and move it all around taken it off put it on kinked the tubing, and its all fine. ive left it on unattended etc. im more worried about the pumo going out and the CPU overheating than it actually leaking lol.

but if you get a Corsair, they are REALLY good with their RMAs. ive heard MANY stories where it may have leaked and it shorted their mobo, psu, gpu etc, and they tell corsair that, and corsair usually replaces it for you. so i have good faith in them. but if you want extreme water cooling and want a closed loop, get anything corsair h100i or better.
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28 Jan 2014   #5

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I have one computer with Corsair H50 installed May 2011 and have had no problems. I will be updating this one soon to a H80.
My other computer is in My Specs which has a custom water cooling.
Both are over clocked. For ever day use the AIO water cooler is all one needs in my opinion when every thing is set up correctly. To me all water cooling work best if you use a push/pull fans.
With any water cooling system you must watch for leaks very carefully when you first install them.
The better quality air coolers are very large but work quiet well but you must have the room to install them and also clear the ram.
**What ever you choose you must have very good case air flow for them to work their best.
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28 Jan 2014   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

im getting a max of 62C on the hottest core on my 3770k at 4.2 1.128V on prime. i have one fan in push and its running at a max RPM of 950. so they are pretty good IMO. on my AMD 6350, at 4.6 (idr the exact voltage) i got a max temp of 65C on 1 fan in pull set to silent profile in bios.
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28 Jan 2014   #7

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Well, I'm one of those who is paranoid about using water cooling. I've seen only a few complaints about leaks ruining a system but that is enough to scare me off. As long as air cooling continues to the job for me, I'll continue to use it. Maintenance is lower and I've yet to hear of anyone complaining about an air leak ruining a system.
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28 Jan 2014   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Well, I'm one of those who is paranoid about using water cooling. I've seen only a few complaints about leaks ruining a system but that is enough to scare me off. As long as air cooling continues to the job for me, I'll continue to use it. Maintenance is lower and I've yet to hear of anyone complaining about an air leak ruining a system.
HA! never get into 2 stroke racing! lol air leak = worst nightmare and $1k in the hole.

but TBH thw AIO coolers require 0 maintenance. just a dust cleaning every so often.
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28 Jan 2014   #9

Windows 7 x64 and numerous virtual machines
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Well, I'm one of those who is paranoid about using water cooling. I've seen only a few complaints about leaks ruining a system but that is enough to scare me off. As long as air cooling continues to the job for me, I'll continue to use it. Maintenance is lower and I've yet to hear of anyone complaining about an air leak ruining a system.
That is the way I am leaning, I thought long and hard about whether to use a CPU water cooler but to me this and its similar specked twin are my "pride and joy". I think I am going to remove the water cooler and go to air. The fact that one reviewer of the part I bought had a disaster is a warning for me.
Oh and Jeannie, my Mother was a Scot. One of my finest memories is Tammy and I listening to an impromptu concert by the military marching band at Stirling Castle in Scotland. Drums, bagpipes et al. Bagpipes are really not that bad in small doses.
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28 Jan 2014   #10

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

[QUOTE=Indianatone;2673526]
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
...Bagpipes are really not that bad in small doses.
I disagree. One of the most incredible experiences I ever had was down in Tucson, AZ several years ago at the Highland Games down there. During an awesome sunset, around 40 pipers took the field and started playing in unison in perfect tune (yes, they can be tuned). And, as if that wasn't awe inspiring enough, they then broke into perfect two part harmony. Definitely NOT a small dose.

I enjoy well played pipes (not just Scottish, either; my favorite is the Irish uilleann pipes) but, face, it, there are lot of people who play them badly. And I have a large collection of bagpipe jokes so brace yourself.
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