Introduction to Water Cooling
Introduction to Water Cooling by Aki H.
Liquid cooling is basically what the name says: you're cooling your components with a liquid. How? Well, here's the simplest summary possible: you have tubes going all around inside your computer case, attached to your computer components by water blocks, and giving your components more cooling power than air-cooling.
The advantages of having a water-cooling system is that your components are cooled extremely well. Depending on which water blocks you use, the type of coolant, and number of components you need to cool, water cooling can cool your components better than the standard air-cooling setup. This means that you won't need to worry about over-working your GPU in graphics-intensive games, over-heating your CPU by overclocking too much, or letting your motherboard chipset melt due to the chipset cooler's malfunction. More cooling power also means more overclocking. This means that with more cooling power, you can toy around with your components more than a standard air-cooling setup. You can push your components all the way to the edge.
However, no one component is perfect, and water cooling has its own disadvantages. One con is the fact that you must clean and replace all of the coolant for the recommended month-to-month basis. As your coolant ages, there will be many bacteria trying to form a solid, observable lump from the warm environment around it, and in no time will begin to clog your tubes and coolant pathway. To prevent this, you must clean your tubes and replace the coolant every month. On top of this, you must test your tubes and connections to water blocks to check for any leaks, which takes anywhere from a couple hours to overnight. This takes a lot of time.
Another con is the fact that water cooling components vary so much and are so abundant that it is hard to choose the right combination of water cooling components. Sure, there're similar recommendations out there and the pump you buy tells you the diameter of tubing you need, but not all components work well with each other. Some water-cooling components are so bad that you might as well stick to standard air-cooling.
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A student who learned how to build a computer at the age of 15, Aki H. has now started a blogging site to help people learn more about computers. To read his numerous computer hardware articles, go to http://www.ImIcarus.com