reply to post by LvSLoLo
I only say save up a bit more because you will (hopefully) have the case "forever." So, its good to get the exact thing you want!
If I remember right, you said you already have a case right now, correct? If thats true, then you should be able to get by just fine until you can
get the extra quid to get the case you really want. Im just giving advice from a position of a lot
of experience, both personal and
professional. What size fans does your current case use? Most are 12cm, so you could get those for this case, and then transfer them over. Even
with water cooling, your case will benefit from having proper airflow.
So, there IS a risk of the water spilling. There is ALSO a risk of me getting struck by a fire hydrant shaped meteor in the next two seconds.. wait
for it.. ok, still good
Basically, you need to make sure all the seals are correct and tight, and you should just look in on your PC every once
in a while. People have been running water cooling for a long time, and as long as you take care of it properly, it wont spill.
Of course, my guess is your girlfriend could not care less whether your PC is ruined by water, and just wants you to spend the money on her instead
With a water system, you have your radiator, your reservoir, your pump, and your water blocks. There is a bit more, but those are the basics. You
can purchase all of these separately, and there are quite a few different ones to choose from. The radiator is basically like your heat sink. The
"hot" water flows through there, and is cooled off, before returning to the loop. The more air that flows through the radiator, the better cooling
you get. So, the radiator will still use fans, etc. Radiators tend to use 240mmx120mm dimensions, and will vary in thickness. Cases that have
watercooling as a priority (and not some tacked on feature) will have a space for this radiator to go, usually in the top of the case, with enough
clearance to make sure any fans you put on it will not hit the mobo.
Essentially, water cooling works in exactly the same way as air cooling. It just uses water to conduct heat away from components instead of air.