For some, the pinnacle of system building is all about custom liquid cooling. You can build the a perfect of air-cooled rig, complete with custom braided cables, slick case mods, and even include your favorite pop vinyl to prop up your GPU. But ultimately, if you’re not packing that sweet silencing coolant, your build just isn’t worth its salt.That said, liquid-cooling is certainly daunting to the uninitiated.
It’s expensive and it takes a time to master. More importantly, you’re effectively mixing electricity with water. That’s grade-A “bad idea” territory if you don’t know what you’re doing, and could lead to thousands of dollars of ruined hardware.
But, when it comes to heat transference and reducing fan noise, liquid cooling is too much of a temptation for many enthusiasts to resist. There really is nothing like taking a graphics card that typically runs at 85 degrees Celsius (185 F) under air
cooled load and dropping it down to a comparatively chill (and silent) 40 degrees C (104 F).Still, as appealing as it is, applying a water block to GPU is arguably one of the most daunting and complicated parts of producing your first liquid-cooled system….