Should you use Air Cooling or Liquid Cooling on your CPU

By Gizbot Bureau

One of the major disadvantages when it comes to the desktop is "heat". In some cases, heat can kill your internals, if you are not careful with it. While there are ways to cool the system, its the question that always in our mind -- is it an air cooler or a liquid cooler? Let's find it out.

Air cooler and Liquid cooler

Air cooler and Liquid cooler

When it comes to air-cool, your PC will be packed with case fans, graphics card fans, and a CPU fan on top of a big metal heat sink. If it is a liquid cooling, you will have a series of coolant-filled tubes, a radiator, and water blocks.

Air Cooler

Air Cooler

Implementing an air-cooling doesn't require major things, where the chances are that the manufacturers have already installed exactly what you need -- intake and exhaust fan. Moreover, the graphics card and computer processor will be coming with stock fans already.

Also, it is cheaper when you compare to the liquid cooler. Even though if you want to buy a better and bigger rig, you'll still spend far less cash upgrading or build a nice air-cooling setup. However, on the downside, fans are not as efficient as liquid cooling technology, the heat sink can get bigger with intensive usage and it can be louder too.

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Liquid Cooler

Liquid Cooler

A liquid cooler uses a pump, a radiator and radiator fans. The pump is connected to the radiator through tubes which allow the water or coolant to circulate from the pump to the radiator and vice versa.One of the major advantages over the Air cooling is that it allows you to cool specific system components to a greater degree. Also, it is much quieter when you compare to the former and requires much less space as well.

However, on the downside, it is costly when it comes to custom setup. Moreover, it requires a lot planning to set it up if you don't have proper pre-planning kit. You'll have to pick up a water block for your CPU that fits its socket, fittings that match your block and tubing size, the tubing itself, a pump, a reservoir, a radiator, a fan (or fans) for the radiator, and the coolant itself. In case if you want separate loops for separate cards, you need to do even bigger purchase.

At last, it all boils down to your usage. If you want to do it in a cheaper means, you can opt for Air cooler. But if you are a heavy gamer with lot of intensive activity, you can purchase a liquid cooler.

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