What is All-in-One Water Cooling and Why Should You Do It?

April 7, 2017 | By @IVANZXT | PCDIY

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One of the most important decisions you’ll make when building a PC is deciding how you’re going to cool all that fancy new hardware. While air does a fine job at keeping PC hardware cool, water cooling is vastly superior because liquid is much more efficient at transferring heat from hot components. However, there’s more than one way to water cool a PC and the method you choose will come down to your experience level, budget, and probably time.

Here’s what you need to know about water-cooling:

WHAT IS WATER COOLING?

Water cooling a PC is very similar to the way we cool a car. As PC hardware (or car parts) get warmer, water flows through a radiator and onto hot components to transfer heat as fast as possible. This type of cooling is optimal for builders who are using their computers for long periods of time and under heavy loads (like gaming!).

As effective as water cooling is, it’s also more complicated to install than stock air cooling solutions. Builders will need to purchase a variety of different parts and, depending on the brand, these parts can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Obviously, this will have a significant impact on your budget – especially if it’s your first time water cooling a PC because you will probably make a few mistakes along the way.

One look at the required parts to water-cool a PC is enough to turn most builders away from even attempting to do it. However, it’s actually not that complicated once you do it a few times. If you’re interested in attempting this, I would recommend you start with cheaper options until you’re comfortable enough to spend the big bucks on fancier products.

Required hardware to water-cool a PC:

  • water block
  • reservoir
  • pump
  • radiator
  • fans
  • fittings
  • tubing

WHAT IS ALL-IN-ONE WATER COOLING AND WHY IS IT BETTER?

As you can see from the list of required hardware to water-cool a PC, there are a lot of pieces involved and it’s not exactly easy to do. For these reasons and others you may want to consider an all-in-one water cooler because it combines everything into one easy-to-install piece of hardware. It’s also much cheaper to go this route if keeping your PC build under a certain price is a concern.

All-in-one water coolers are ideal for new and veteran builders alike because they provide excellent cooling performance without having to worry about assembling a bunch of different pieces. The pump is built right on top of the water block, all the tubing and fittings are pre-assembled, and everything is designed so you don’t have to tinker with the water.

All-in-one water coolers are also designed to work exactly like custom water cooling solutions and can be applied to either your CPU or GPU to keep your PC running efficiently. And if you’re worried about water spilling all over your PC hardware – don’t. Just make sure your all-in-one water cooler is backed by a warranty like our Kraken series which leads the industry with an awesome 6-year guarantee!

SHOULD YOU WATER COOL YOUR PC?

Water cooling a PC will provide your computer with enhanced performance when compared to air cooling. While water cooling may not be for everyone, I do recommend an all-in-one water cooling system for a variety of reasons besides performance. Ultimately, the choice is yours but I’ll go over a few of my reasons to help you decide.

The main reason I prefer and recommend all-in-one water coolers is because of the superior software integration. For example, if you’re using one of our Kraken all-in-one water coolers, our free PC monitoring software (CAM) allows you to set custom fan and pump speed profiles, monitor CPU and GPU temperatures, and customize the RGB lighting on the water cooler to your liking. This RGB lighting is also functional because you can set it to warn you when your CPU or GPU are overheating.

My CAM Dashboard

Another advantage of using CAM is that you can overclock your graphics card with a few clicks. This is extremely helpful if you’re using the Kraken to cool your GPU because you’ll have full control of the temperature. Graphics card getting warm during long gaming sessions? No problem! Just set the Kraken to performance mode and watch those temps drop.

WILL YOU WATER COOL YOUR PC?

Now that you know what water cooling is and how it works, I want to know: will you water cool your PC? Let me know in the comments below!

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