Pre-built liquid cooled rigs
- From: Adam Leinss <aleinss@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2006 00:28:36 GMT
Plan to get a new computer next year. Was looking around on the
Internet for a cheap PC for my parents and decided I should start
looking for myself. Decided that I would like to go liquid cooled this
time, so I decided to look for builders offering this feature.
However, it appears very few places offer this. Either they use some
"el cheapo" liquid cooling system that just cools the CPU or the prices
are out of this world that only Donald Trump can afford.
Take the example of All American Computers (www.aacdirect.com). Their
cheapest liquid cooled rig is $2579 and that's with the bare essentials
(granted, the rig looks VERY cool). The recommended TJ07 liquid cooled
rig at Puget Computer Systems is $5700!
I then did a pseudo order at Newegg and added up all the parts I would
want (3 SATA Seagates and RAID card for RAID5 setup). With liquid
cooling it come out to be about $2650. At Puget Computer Systems, I
tried to configure a similar system and without the RAID configuration,
I was already at $3000! Adding the RAID stuff would bump the price to
So my question is: why so high? Monarch Computer Systems charge $75
for the build labor. Since liquid cooling takes some extra steps, I
can understand $150 for build labor, but why such the price difference?
You would think that these computer places would buy certain pieces in
bulk and get good pricing on them.
OK, another question. Has anyone here every bought a bunch of
components from Newegg in one go to build a PC? How much was shipping
and did everything work or did you have to RMA this and that? Are
there any online retailers that do a decent liquid cooling step and are
reputable (and reasonably priced?).
My fear is ending up with $2500 of parts and not getting them to work
together if I go the home built route.
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