Building a PC: Air or Liquid Cooling?

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Regardless of your build, cooling is always a must. I say that because, without proper heat management, your PC will be a furnace. It might overheat or blow up. It is especially important to select a cooler for your CPU because it is the hottest component in your computer. So when selecting a cooler for your processor, you have two options—air cooling and liquid cooling. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. Most CPU’s bundle a CPU fan that comes free with your purchase. While this type of cooling is satisfactory for casual PC users, gamers often upgrade to aftermarket air coolers that provide higher cooling efficiency. For most gamers, an aftermarket air cooler will provide more than enough power to keep their CPU running at optimal temperatures. Air cooling is also relatively safe. As opposed to liquid cooling, it is OK if the fan breaks during use because there aren't any electronic-threatening substances within the device. However, water is present in liquid cooling and water can damage electronics. Although air cooling might be satisfactory for your needs, you'll also need to consider the noise from the fans. The fans can get pretty noisy at times, especially when you're doing many tasks at once. If you can't stand the buzz of the fans, then maybe you should settle for liquid cooling. Practically silent, you can focus on what you want and not get any of the distractions. Liquid cooling is the best way to cool a CPU because water transfers heat much more efficiently than air. However, liquid cooling a PC can also be dangerous if water leaks onto hardware. Both air coolers and liquid coolers provide increased cooling performance over a stock CPU cooler. However, the cooling solution you decide to use inside your PC build will usually depend on a variety of different factors to go alongside performance. Air cooling offers a safe, reliable, but noisy cooling experience while liquid cooling is more efficient but could damage your parts. Overall, I'd have to go with liquid cooling because it's silent and powerful. Also, if I get a quality one, I shouldn't worry about any broken tubes whatsoever.

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