Upgrading Your PC to Water Cooling
When doing a lot of intensive design and graphics work, it can help to have a decent computer to work on. There are lots of ways that you can upgrade your current PC though, sometimes without spending too much money.
One very worthwhile upgrade is to convert your PC to water cooling. Water can absorb heat much better than air. It is a good element for cooling your computer system. It works by running water over each of the computer components, transferring heat from every part to the radiator that dissipates the heat and keep the water cool. You can cool your processor, graphics card and other hardware components more effectively. Water cooling is useful for those that perform high resource utilization tasks like video and picture editing, gaming, etc.
Water cooling keeps your hardware components cooler during heavy loads without compromising the power and the output. Water cooling is a bit costly and involves certain amount of risk.
Components of water cooling
- A water block: Water block is a block that is mounted on the hardware component you want to cool. Water blocks are available for several components like graphics card, chipset, processor and hard drives. However, water cooling is much important for processor and graphics card.
- Radiator: A radiator keeps the water cool as it flows through the loop. Radiator comes in multiple sizes, usually designed for certain number of fans. The larger and thicker the radiator, the more effectively it will be able to dissipate heat. Our radiator is 240mm fan (meaning you can attach two 120mm fans to it), but you can get small or large fan radiators.
- Reservoir: Reservoir holds the liquid in the loop, and helps the bubbles to flow easily. Reservoir can be mounted inside or outside the system case.
- Pump: Pump helps in pumping the water in the loop. Pump comes attached with the reservoir and it can be bought externally as well.
- Fittings: Each of the cooling components required two fittings. The fittings allow them to connect to each other with the help of tubes. Barb fittings can be used with a spout or compression fittings, that comes with second piece that can be screwed tightly.
- Tubing: Tubing connects two components between each other. It allows the flow of water between two components and it comes in multiple shapes and colors. Ensure that the Inner Diameter (ID) of the tubing’s is same as that of Outer Diameter (OD) of the tubing’s.
- Coolant: You will need a coolant that comes separately and is added partially to the distilled water. It is very effective and is cheaper than anything else. Apart from coolant there are other additives that you can try:
- Biocide keeps algae and other junk from growing in your loop. It helps in saving water.
- If you have multiple metal parts in your loop, using an anti corrosive can help preventing these metal parts from corroding.
- 2 to 3 drops of dish soap that acts as surfactant and will help you get rid of bubbles in the loop.
There are some drawbacks of using water coolants as well. It is very complicated for installation and a bit expensive. You can always go with a d all-in-one kit in order to avoid compatibility issues later.