water cooled cases

By aeronautica
Jul 12, 2004
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  1. Building a new comp in the near future, thinking about water cooling...what companies make water cooled cases? The only one that I have seen is the Koolance one that has the big Antec-looking case (that I like the look of very much...). Also, do these systems really keep your comp much cooler? I'll probably be going with an athlon 64 3200 and I want a cool system without a bunch of noise. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
  2. STK

    STK Newcomer, in training Posts: 138

    Yes, I have only seen Koolance water cooled cases, I am assuming there is other companies, but Koolance is the main manufacturer of water cooled cases.
  3. aeronautica

    aeronautica Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 30

    After a bit of research I have found a few other enclosed liquid cooling systems - but none that offer their systems integrated into a case such as the Koolance systems, and none that offer the ability to place coolers on all of the following: cpu, gpu, northbridge, and hardrive - so I guess if I choose the watercooling route, I will be going with a Koolance case.

    Has anyone here used/currently using one of the Koolance cases? If so how cool does it keep your system, and what are the noise levels like? Additionally, with water blocks on the above mentioned 4 places, will there be any need for any conventional case fans? I figure I'd put in at least one or two just to keep some air circulating...
  4. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,382   +15

  5. SOB

    SOB Banned Posts: 150

    coo! agissi

    i've been lookin' @ alienware's ice systems......boy, do they look badass.....but, i hate fan noise as well........sacrifice function for beauty?.....trade offs, trade offs.
  6. aeronautica

    aeronautica Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 30

    Yikes! Agissi, went to that site - with all the accessories I wanted (minus a HD cooler) it was like $575 before shipping...found one on ebay with everything I wanted, and a few extras for like $392 shipped...
  7. rowdy6680

    rowdy6680 Newcomer, in training

  8. STK

    STK Newcomer, in training Posts: 138

  9. aeronautica

    aeronautica Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 30

    Thanks for the other links guys; but I think if I decide on the watercooling route, I'll just go with the Koolance case since it has the ability to cool everything, and it will be simplier since it comes as a all-inclusive water cooling case design.
  10. nico1606

    nico1606 Newcomer, in training Posts: 55

    Boooo
    Do it yourself!

    That's why we're here to help!
  11. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,382   +15

    Well Danger Den really are the best, all the down to the lowest temps. Plus that comes all assembled,etc. Did your one for $392 come with a case?
     
  12. aeronautica

    aeronautica Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 30

    Click here yo to check it out. There are a few other auctions on there now; I saw that one a few days ago, now there seem to be some other good deals on similar Koolance setups from the same guy and from a few others.
  13. SOB

    SOB Banned Posts: 150

    frys electronics

    or outpost.com sells this exact case for $229.00 us
  14. aeronautica

    aeronautica Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 30

    yeah...but it doesn't come with anything but the case, radiator, pump, and a bit of tubing....you have to buy the actual water blocks (ie the things that you stick on the cpu, gpu, hd, and northbridge) seperately, and when you do that through a store like frys, it'll cost alot more...
  15. SOB

    SOB Banned Posts: 150

    hmmmmm

    OK! know anything about alien ice?
  16. aeronautica

    aeronautica Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 30

    As in Alien's new water cooled gaming PCs? Yes, I know of those, but I'm looking to build my own machine.
  17. SOB

    SOB Banned Posts: 150

    what cpu

    are you looking to cook?
  18. aeronautica

    aeronautica Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 30

    athlon 64 3200; not OCing, just want something quiet, cool looking, and different
     
  19. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,382   +15

    Unless you really want to waste that much money, I wouldnt get water cooling.. I'd think of it was wasting if ur just going the water ways for looks.
  20. aeronautica

    aeronautica Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 30

    well, I also want to think of my room mate (going to college next year)...I have odd sleeping habits, ie I stay up really late, and wouldn't want him to not sleep at night cause I have 5 fans running, so being quiet is also a major issue
  21. SOB

    SOB Banned Posts: 150

    i hear ya

    that fan noise, gets on your nerves.
  22. Godataloss

    Godataloss Newcomer, in training Posts: 501

    I would love to water cool my alien ware navigator pro and put it in the living room. Any sff coolers?

    I see my next pc as liquid cooled with an external power supply. I thnk its only a matter of time before we see gfx cards oem bathed in coolant and ready to be conected to our pumps. Christ, my gf just got a new compressor for her accord and it was less than $100. Why is it such rocket science when koolance applies WATER cooling to a pc?
  23. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,382   +15

    Well be careful, cuz water cooling rigs do have fans (unless you get a special fanless Zalman radiator).
  24. aeronautica

    aeronautica Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 30

    yeah, I know those koolance cases still have a few small fans on top of the radiator, but those can't be that noisy can they? They're tiny. I guess I could always rig up one of those passive radiators like so
  25. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,382   +15

    Actually tiny fans tend to be really loud, and bigger fans tend to be quiter, because with a bigger fan, you can spin it slower, ala not make as much noise, and still push lots of air cuz the fan is big :)

    And on top of the Koolance cases, resides 3 (or is it 2?) 120mm fans, and if you've ever seen a 120mm fan, its pretty damn big :D

    From memory of reading reviews, they have a sensor, and the hotter your cpu runs the faster they spin (making them louder), but if your cpu runs cool and isnt very hot they'll just remain on the lowest settings, which isnt very noisy.

    You could just do what I do, get a slk900, and pop a silent/20db 92mm Zalman fan on there ;) Or any heatsink for that matter, and just put a silent fan on it (21db and below is silent/quiet)
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