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Aside from aesthetics, is there a benefit to PC water cooling?

From Wikipedia: The advantages of using water cooling over air cooling include water's higher specific heat capacity, density, and thermal conductivity. This allows water to transmit heat over ...
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Aside from aesthetics, is there a benefit to PC water cooling?

Water-cooling is better than traditional fan-cooling. Using it is reasonable if you have hardware that gets hot very often and reaches its temperature limits; and you can't cool it down in traditional ...
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Aside from aesthetics, is there a benefit to PC water cooling?

I'm going to divide water cooling into two categories: Closed loop and Open loop. Now we can compare Tower (air), CLC, Open loop and exotic (LN2 or similar) cooling methods. Big air coolers are ...
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Not sure about which laptop cooler to choose

Here are my recommendations: 1, LotFancy 13-15.6 inch laptop cooler - Dual fan - 73% 5 star rating (out of 176) - $16.30 2, Cooler Master NotePal X2 - Single fan - 78% overall positive rating ...
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ASUS 1070 Strix - Liquid cooling?

It may be a touch more efficient due to the water convection of the heat works but water cooling still relies on fans to cool a radiator that cools the water. The thermal capacity of a liquid cooling ...
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Quiet/fanless computer

The more powerfull (TDP (thermal dissipation power) in watt) the computer, the more you need to cool it down. You can combine one or several of these: You can pick low energy components (CPUs). You ...
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Passive cooled graphics card for dual 4K screens

The issue is that two displays in 4K is only supported (from what I know and at the moment) by gaming cards... So in this case, you can forget cheap, passive etc. X) However, did you consider using 2 ...
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Quiet desktop PC refresh

Use a tower styled CPU cooler (such as the Hyper 212 Evo) with some quiet fans running at very low RPMs (I recommend the Noctua NF-F12). Use a GPU that has the fans completely OFF when under a ...
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Best case for z170A M7 and Corsair Hydro H100i V2

You are looking for a ATX case. I have a few suggestions for you. Consider the LIAN LI PC-A05FNB or the Antec Sonata Series SOLO II. For comparision I have listed the Fractal Design Define R5, which ...
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I need a different CPU cooler

I suggest the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. For one the cooler you have is huge for a cooler and actually has a bunch of people worrying about the same problem you have. Because the EVO is not meant to ...
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What RPM on 2nd CPU Fan is better? Higher, lower or the same?

I would get the same fan that is on the cooler. You know that it will fit on the cooler and have the same performance. I would make sure that you have enough room on the other side of the cooler ...
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Which CPU cooler should I buy?

If all these 4 coolers are the same price, I would recommend the H100i. It is a very powerful closed loop CPU cooler (I have done some serious overclock with this cooler). Since you got a ...
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Quiet desktop PC refresh

A Newegg tech advisor noted that Asus and Lenovo case designs tend to be pretty quiet. Rather than build I decided this time to buy a Lenovo 300-20ish on sale, which was actually cheaper than ...
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Silent cooler recommendation for the i3-7100?

Noctua makes a range of low-profile and low-decibel coolers. A number of other companies do as well but in my experience Noctua has the best track record for performance. This model might work for ...
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Budget cooler to replace stock Intel one

Arctic Cool Freezer Pro 7 r2 This is my go-to budget cooler. Much quieter and a better cooler than stock HSFs. Also buy some decent-but-cheap thermal paste, such as Arctic Silver 5 and Thermal ...
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Quiet Cpu Cooler for 4690k @ stock

If you look at pcpartpicker.com under CPU coolers, they have a lot of great filtering options. For example... Here is a list of available CPU coolers that don't come with fans. Even at stock it ...
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Laptop cooling pad with no fan for lap use

Check some options that I found on Amazon, mostly from one brand - cooling pads without fans seem to be quite rare. Fellowes Laptop Riser, 13 1/4 x 9 3/8 x 4 1/4, White/Gray (probably out of ...
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Laptop GPU Noise

As far as my simple research goes, you should pick the thickest one. Thick laptops have more room for cooling and will be quieter. Both have the same tdp range (18-25W) so the level of quietness is ...
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O6G vs 6G graphics card from same brand

OC cards are generally well tested and have better sillicon than the non OC cards (same heat output, better performance, although not by much), so that mostly eliminates doubt 1 and 2. For doubt 3, ...
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How much heat would an AMD FX-6350 emit if overclocked?

According to the ASUS website, the board only supports a max of 140W so in theory your cooler doesn't need to be any better than that anyways. However, that motherboard doesn't really have the VRMs ...
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Is there any mounting standard for prefilled liquid coolers?

The vast majority of modern tower cases (and many smaller cases) support at least a 240mm radiator with fans in some configuration. AFAIK, there is no standardized compatibility keyword; however, most ...
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Deep Learning Hardware (PC/Ubuntu)

You should go with the Gigabyte Z370 HD3, since it is the cheapest option meeting your requirements. However, if your configuration requires a lot of RAM which you didn't mention, the most expensive ...
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Budget cooler to replace stock Intel one

I do understand wanting quiet. I am dubious about your choice. It says 25 dB at its lowest setting. That means if you put any load on your CPU, it will speed up and be louder. This one is $20 and its ...
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Hardware selection for NVIDIA Titan Xp

There are a few key things you need to look out for: You need 8-16GB of RAM As the card draws 250W max and the rest of the system probably draws the same, you need a 600W+ PSU that has at least one ...
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Should I get a radiator with 2x140mm fans or 3x120mm fans

If you only plan to only cool your CPU with the AIO cooler, I would say 2 140mm fans will keep your CPU plenty cool and be quieter then 3 120mm fans. However if you plan to cool your GPU as well, you ...
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Intel i7 6700k cooler

Since you are not looking to overclock or anything save yourself a few bucks and go with the I7-6700 Retail Box I7-6700 on Amazon. Fan verification based on model from Intel. It is said to include ...
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LGA 775 / LGA 1366 Heatsink Air Cooler

The 2 answers above are good answers, but I thought I'd add what I actually went for in the end. I bought an Akasa Nero 3, which has the push-pin style mounts for LGA775 / LGA1366. (They are ...
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