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AndyTWoods Bang for buck, are water-cooled PCs worth it? Are they really that more silent? Getting a new @chillblast but, no H20 there.
Ben: Bang for buck, no, at least not in terms of raw results. Bear in mind that water-cooled PCs do also need fans, and there’s pump noise too, but if they’re set up right, they can be significantly quieter than PCs with all-inone liquid coolers or standard air coolers.
Not everyone wants water cooling for noise either – some people want it to gain extra overclocking headroom.
Don’t get me wrong, custom water-cooling gear can make for both a quieter and faster PC than conventional cooling, but you do end up paying a lot more money for it. It’s a cost I’m happy to pay, because low noise is a top priority and, if I’m honest, because watercooling gear just looks absolutely great. In terms of hard, raw performance for money, though, you undoubtedly get better value from conventional cooling. On another note, Chillblast
does make some watercooled PCs, such as the Fusion Rollcage and Fusion Platinum 2, but they’re not cheap. benpyle83 it’s been 23 issues since the last Dream PC segment... surely
with x299 & Skylake-X we’re due a geekgasm of electronic goodness.
Ben: I should think we’re most certainly due some Dream PC fun in the magazine soon, not just with Skylake-X, but perhaps also with Threadripper.
It may be a few months yet (Dream PCs take a long time to plan and build), but we’ll be on the case shortly!
JonThurlow1 So, after the last few mags that’s a new keyboard, 3,440 x 1,440 monitor & 2x 4TB HDDs. Stop, for the love of god, my wallet pleads! Ben: Next step a new CPU, motherboard and graphics card?!