Custom loop costs & myths
It’s the big question that’s continually asked: is liquidcooling worth it? At least on a custom scale? Well, that depends. You’ll definitely get lower temperatures by taking advantage of that thermal heat dispensing method, but your hardware won’t run any faster because of it. The one big advantage is a reduction in overall noise, thanks to the opportunity to run your fans more slowly. However, the cost is huge in contrast to more traditional cooling methods — for a really good-looking loop, you can expect to spend anywhere between $400 to $600 at a minimum. Compare that to a well-armed AIO, and it immediately becomes less attractive.
So, is it worth it? You need to consider your available budget and how much you covet silence and cooling. If the answer is “a lot”, then liquid cooling is for you. If not, a good old air tower or AIO with some quiet fans may be a cheaper solution instead.