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Most of the stuff I buy for PCs are performance based, but I've been tempted by a few of those custom fan sculptures and fan grills. If I could figure out a way to use SUVA to cool the case I think I'd use it. :)
I've been looking at Xtreme memory too but Crucial doesn't offer it.
How many of you are adding case coolers, clear panels and neon lights to your box?
Cooler temps mean better performance, and with "normal" operating temps exceeding 160 degrees for some CPUs, heat becomes a factor for the other components in the box. Since I added the water cooled system my CPU temp stays around 70 degrees fahrenheit. Faster? Don't know. Less wear and lass damaging to the components? You bet.
I work at least 14 hours a day running various apps and I've found that the cooler the system, the better it runs. As processors get faster and faster, dissipating the heat becomes more of a concern. Liquid cooling seems a logical step.
As for things like neon lights and clear panels, well, I suppose people do that for the same reason they customize cars.
A client sent me a 640 gigabyte SAN, which was my latest cool gizmo until I installed the water cooling kit. All the LCD temp readouts look "high-tech" too. :)
It took me a little while to get over the concept of having water run inside my PC but the chance for a leak is remote. The ultra quiet fans are a nice addition too, can't tell the PC is running. The old fans sounded like a mini wind tunnel.
[edited by: digitalghost at 6:33 pm (utc) on Nov. 15, 2002]
The guy is a true cooling mod geek.
I had him build my case for my new system, the fan speeds can be adjusted, the fan blades are clear [not sure why], the case was built for neutral pressure, he rates each fan on noise and air flow.
He doesn't do all the clear windows etc . . ,
I have tried to talk him into doing case mods with disco lights etc, but he is too much of a cooling fanatic.
The quality of cooling water in a closed loop cooling water (CLCW) system is critical for the performance and the life of the system. Cooling water of poor quality can cause adverse effects in a water system, such as reduced cooling capacity, increased energy consumption, and premature equipment failure.
...from "CRAY T3E Liquid-cooled Systems : Preparing for a System Installation"