Can (PC) liquid cooling keep my room cool?
May 31, 2011 8:41 AM Subscribe
I have a question about liquid cooling my PC, which I guess is not a mechanical question about the process as much as it is a physics question about the nature of heat transfer. I think.
posted by kbanas to technology (12 answers total)
I live in a place with no air conditioning that often gets very warm. Especially in the long summer months.
I know this is probably not helped by the giant desktop computer I keep at my desk, always sitting there and blowing hot air into the room. Of course, I put it to sleep when appropriate, but man, it gets hot.
Now, I'm not concerned about the PC getting too hot - it's weathered several summers here and seems to be in good shape. However, lately I've become interested in investing in a liquid cooling kit for my PC. It seems like it'd be a heck of a lot less noisy, and also it just seems cool and I like cool projects.
My question is, if I install a liquid cooling system, is my computer likely to be spitting out less hot air? To a significant degree? I mean, how does that work? I mean, the heat is not being pulled off the heatsink and blown directly out of the case - instead it's being dissipated by a non-conductive liquid, right? But it still has to go somewhere. I feel like this is stupid, so please be gentle.
So, before I sally forth with a wrong-headed hypothesis, answer me this - if my main concern is the amount of heat being put out by my computer, will a liquid cooling solution help address that?