About Water Cooling

The Base Concept

A liquid-cooling system for a PC works a lot like the cooling system of a car. Both take advantage of a basic principle of thermodynamics - that heat moves from warmer objects to cooler objects.

A car's cooling system circulates water, usually mixed with antifreeze, through the engine. Hot surfaces in the engine transfer their heat to the water, cooling themselves off in the process. This warm water is pumped through a radiator, which has a large amount of surface area. This radiator warms up, thereby warming up the surrounding air. A fan on the radiator then pushes the warm air away from the radiator, and out of the car.

Air Cooling

Most computers dispel heat with heat sinks and fans. Heat sinks are basically pieces of metal that provide lots of surface area for the air to touch. The chip warms the heat sink, the heat sink warms the air, and the fan moves the warm air out of the PC case. They look like flat pieces of metal with a bunch of small fins.

This system works most of the time, but sometimes, electronic components produce more heat than simple air circulation can remove. High-end chips can sometimes overload an air-cooling system. So can chips that have been overclocked, or manually set to work at faster than their default speed.

Water Cooling

Water has a higher thermal conductivity than air, meaning it can move heat faster than air can. Water also has a higher specific heat capacity, meaning can absorb more heat before it starts to feel hot.

There are two reasons why a computer might need the increased thermal conductivity and heat capacity of water:

1) Its electronic components produce more heat than the air around them can absorb - The components inside your computer need more cooling than air alone can provide


2) The fans required to move enough air to cool all the components make too much noise or use too much electricity - You want your system to be quieter

How It Works

PC water cooling uses a combination of "water blocks", radiators, fans, coolant reservoirs, pumps, hoses, and connecting fittings to cool your computer. Water blocks are pieces of heat-conductive metal, like copper or aluminum, that are filled with hollow tubes and channels.

The bottom of the water block is a flat piece of metal that sits directly on top of the chip being cooled. Thermal paste between the chip and the block improves the heat transfer between the two surfaces. The chip heats the block, and the water absorbs the heat as it flows through all the channels.

A Note From Us

Higher-end custom water cooling packages require quite a bit of technical information from you, due to the complexity of the higher-end cooling packages, and the need to ensure compatibility.

As such, please give us time to compile the package. We work to ensure you are fully satisfied with your cooling solution.

We place all water cooled computers under extensive leak testing before delivery. We take leaks extremely seriously, as they could be potentially catastrophic to the electrical components.

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Closed-Loop Coolers

What They Are

These are bolt-on kits that take about 20 minutes to install. They have virtually no maintenance, are sealed "closed-loop" from the manufacturer, and are designed to be essentially plug-and-play.

Pros and Cons of a Closed-Loop Cooler

They are not expandable, but provide a relatively easy and inexpensive start to liquid cooling. They also tend to carry extensive manufacturer warranties. These kits are meant for CPU cooling only, and are not able to expand to other components.

Costs

These solutions tend to be universally applicable. These systems range from $40 to $200+, plus labor cost.

Please contact us if you're interested in applying a Closed-Loop Cooler to your PC.

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Full Custom Loop

What They Are

These are the beasts you've heard about, the monsters that live under your bed. Full custom loops take the Expandable Kit, and give you full rein over every part option.

Pros and Cons of a Full Custom Loop

These solutions are also the most effective, the most thermally-efficient, the quietest at load, the most complex, and the most expensive.

Cost

These solutions generally start at $500, plus labor cost. These systems can also easily hit $1000+ in hardware alone.

As the complexity of the loop can vary dramatically, we don't list estimates for labor time. Our labor rate is $65/hr. Please contact us if you're interested in a custom water cooling loop.

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Higher-end custom water cooling packages require quite a bit of technical information from you, due to the complexity of the higher-end cooling packages, and the need to ensure compatibility.

As such, please give us time to compile the package. We work to ensure you are fully satisfied with your cooling solution.

Please contact us if you're interested in applying an Full Custom Loop to your PC.

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Custom Loop Repair

What We Do

We do diagnose/repair/upgrade custom loops. This consists of a full system visual review, system break-down, electrical testing, and then rebuilding the system with the loop (with any necessary modifications).

State of the System

We will require you to visually confirm the state of the system when you transfer it to us. This includes any and all physical imperfections on the system.

Costs

Due to the complexity and inherent risk in existing loop repair, the repair costs are different from a normal "built" system from us. Electrical testing is $50, with a $10/hr charge if the electrical testing goes past 5 hours. The rebuild process is billed at $80/hr, plus hardware costs.

Please contact us if you're having issues with your Custom Loop

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