A client mentioned earlier this week that his computer was overheating, and though I have a variety of posts already mentioning liquid cooling and air cooling, I have not gone into specifics about it just yet.
However, this post is a good starter for those that want to get a headstart on how to initially cool down your overheating computer/laptop.
Watch the video and comment below if you have any additional questions:
Check out this video that Linus Tech Tips put out on an overkill system for liquid cooling. Keep in mind that the price of running this on a daily basis will keep your electricity bill high, but it is a fun setup, especially if you are going to be purchasing high-end hardware to begin with.
Liquid cooling is one of the more expensive setups for cooling in a PC computer. Why? Well, with fans set up and ready to go, you only really need that amount of power to run them. However, with liquid cooling you would have to have power to run the fluids all around your hardware and make sure it stays cool instead of boiling as it transfers heat away from your parts.
So while I do not have an exact number on how much liquid cooling will cost you in the long run, I know that it can get expensive and should only be an option for those that really will pay the premium.
As mentioned in one of my previous posts, I save on liquid cooling (meaning I turned it off) because of the winter season. In the US, where I am from, it gets quite cold and the air is very thin. This helps the computer since I have many vents that allow cold air to go in. This means that liquid cooling does not have to be on all the time (I actually have yet to turn it on), and my temperatures are monitored and say that they are doing well.
In my About page I mentioned this blog will be mainly about what my PC setup looks like and how it helps me in the PC platform. I will be going over my specs today, and perhaps talking about what they mean in another post.
My processor is a sixth-generation Intel Core i5 processor, which is one of the two higher end Intel Core Skylake-generation chips out there today. My average chip speed clocks in at right around 3.60 Ghz and that is for the i5.
As for RAM, mine is the new DDR4-powered RAM, and I have 12 GB worth of memory. I initially wanted to keep my usual stack of 16 GB but it got too pricey after considering DDR4 over DDR3. It should be noted that most Skylake-powered desktops will have DDR4 RAM rather than the standard DDR3, and that is due because of its faster rating.
My graphics card is one of my prouder pieces of hardware, as it is the GT 980, one of the latest video cards to date. I was going to splurge on the GTX 980, which is the more powerful version of mine, but since it retails at a price of around $500, I just couldn’t do it. That is especially because my whole setup would have run me a whole $2,500 into the ground, which I was not willing to do.
To round up my computer, I have some nice liquid cooling setup to chill the computer. Of course, I do not need it right at this moment considering the winter season (seriously, it helps so much that I can turn off my liquid cooling completely and monitor temperatures: my hardware is running cool as if I had a system to cool it, but really the weather is doing some great things for me)
I will go over some things later on about my setup, but at least now you know what I am running on. I have yet to upgrade my speakers, and my keyboard and mouse are just standard ones you can buy at the store.