DIY Water Cooling
The two most critical components in a gaming PC, the CPU and the graphics card, generate a lot of waste heat that needs to be removed from the case. Water is a much better conductor of heat energy that air, so watercooling your PC could make it cooler, quieter and potentially allow you to overclock components further. This category encompasses all types of watercooling from all the individual components required to build a watercooling loop, including blocks, pumps, reservoirs, radiators, fans, tubing and different coloured fluids plus complete kits.
Most of the water blocks here can be strapped to almost any CPU, including Intel and AMD processors, but it's important to check the socket you're using is compatible. They vary in their materials and colours, so you can easily match them to your system's aesthetics.
- EK-Quantum Velocity CPU Water Block, D-RGB, AMD AM4, G1/4, Nickel-Plated Cold Plate/Copper Top, Full Nickel£89.99£5.48 NEXT DAY DELIVERYPre order
Pumps generate the motion required to push the water around your system. They come in various forms – some will fit into a spare drive bay, for example, and others have a reservoir attached. Whatever one you buy, you need to ensure it's powerful enough for your system, and that you have space in your chassis as well as a suitable spare power connector.
- EK-Loop DDC 4.2 PWM Ball Bearing Motor, 1000L/h, 18W, 12V, G1/4, 50,000 MTBF, Black£65.99£5.48 NEXT DAY DELIVERYPre order
If you're short on space inside your PC then you you should consider one of these pump/reservoir combos, which as the name suggest comprise a pump and reservoir mounted together in one space-saving device.
The radiator, when combined with one or more fans helps to conducts heat energy from the fluid in the watercooling loop into the air away from your PC. The larger the surface area the more effective the cooling, although some radiators are so thick they will only perform well with special fans that have a very high static air pressure to move air between the fins of the radiator. The radiators in this category require at least two 140mm fans to cool adequately.
Acrylic tubing is non-flexible. As well as cutting, it requires manual bending, but the end result of straight lines and sharp angles is visually stunning and it's available with special finishes too. Pay attention to the internal and external diameters measure up so you know the length you need.