So I'm looking at making a pretty major upgrade to my PC. For the past few years I've just been updating piece by piece but this time I'm going for a full blown brand new everything. As a consequence I'm at a stage where I can seriously consider water cooling.
I'd love to have a completely silent PC however I have no experience with water cooling.
I'm *not* particularly concerned with over clocking so this isn't a performance issue, it's more that I just want a PC that doesn't sound like a helicopter in the corner of my room. It is a gaming machine though so obviously it has some high end, hot running, components which need a significant amount of cooling.
Water Cooled Questions:
Is water cooling easy to implement? I'm by no means a computer building novice, but at the same time I'm not a plumber and generally would think water and electricity is a bad idea..
Will I find it easy to get the water blocks I need for CPU/GFX etc (I'll have major manufacturers i.e. Intel/Nvidia)?
What about secondary cooling such as the north and south bridge heat sinks which are typically cooled by the airflow generated by the CPU cooler?
What are the average costs like?
Is it a significant improvement, i.e. I won't be able to hear my PC at all, or is it still noticeable?
Do the pumps make a lot of noise, hence making it pointless? What about the PSU?
Air Cooled Questions:
Are noise reduction foam panels you see advertised any good?
Can the same level of quietness be achieved with air cooling vs water cooling if using high quality quiet fans etc?
Are the cases with the PSU at the bottom rather than the top significantly better?
Basically, should I switch to water or stick with air? Any other thoughts/experiences you have then let me know :)