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https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Gaming-PC-GTX-1060-6gb-ryzen-5-3600-16gb-ram-NVME-512-ssd/133646278706

My intended use case is audio production and simple video editing. Most audio workload will be handled externally (YDP-140, Juno-DS, Scarlett 2i2), but I may use the PC as a secondary synth to mix a few instruments in. I don't intend to play games on it.

The specs seem fine for what I'm trying to do with it, but I'm skeptical about the way the liquid cooler is installed. I never built a desktop before and my knowledge regarding cooling is virtually nonexistent. Should I be worried about overheating? If so, how difficult or costly is it to fix this setup or replace the cooler with an appropriate air cooler?

All opinions and advices are appreciated.



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I don't claim to be an expert on liquid cooling, as I've only ever built PC's with standard fans and heatsinks, but it looks to me like he has the liquid cooler mounted to a front vent, so unless the front of that case opens, that does seem like it could cause cooling issues. As far as I know most liquid coolers are mounted to top vents.

Also, I'm not sure what the conversion rate between Australian $ and US $ is, but if that is anywhere near $1000 US dollars it seems overpriced for the specs, especially considering it is used.



shikamaru317 said:

I don't claim to be an expert on liquid cooling, as I've only ever built PC's with standard fans and heatsinks, but it looks to me like he has the liquid cooler mounted to a front vent, so unless the front of that case opens, that does seem like it could cause cooling issues. As far as I know most liquid coolers are mounted to top vents.

Also, I'm not sure what the conversion rate between Australian $ and US $ is, but if that is anywhere near $1000 US dollars it seems overpriced for the specs, especially considering it is used.

This case has side vents and if there is enought space it should be ok. Of course a front mesh would be better



Looks fine. The hardware is midrange, so there isn't any chance of overheating in the first place unless you do something wrong on purpose.

Not sure about the build for your use case. Do you need the GPU for audio encoding?



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It won't overheat and shut down.

But that is an awful case for airflow.



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Airflow is important unless it's a office box with low power cpu and no grafix card.



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I would avoid anything water-cooled unless you build it yourself, or have it installed by a professional. Also, although this may have been high-end a few years ago, now it's just 16Gb RAM/512Gb SSD/1080 GTX which is pretty much an office PC.

I generally translate the words "Water cooled" and "Gaming PC" into "will have problems" and "overpriced, ugly box with LEDs" in my head.



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I would avoid anything water-cooled unless you build it yourself, or have it installed by a professional. Also, although this may have been high-end a few years ago, now it's just 16Gb RAM/512Gb SSD/1080 GTX which is pretty much an office PC.

I generally translate the words "Water cooled" and "Gaming PC" into "will have problems" and "overpriced, ugly box with LEDs" in my head.

16GB of Ram, 512GB SSD and a Geforce GTX 1080 is far from an "office PC". - It's still very capable at gaming, especially at 1440P.
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I don't get the silly cooler placement, it's dumping hot air inside the case, but really a non-issue with that hardware.



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Where the radiator is isn't the only issue with that, he would have a better set up by flipping it around, as hot water is going to be coming to the top of that radiator and he expects that hot water will go down through it? and that cold water will rise up from the bottom of the radiator to the top? It's almost like that's exactly not how the laws of thermodynamics work, but I guess heat rises is a fairly advanced knowledge. It will still work like that, but it would be prone to making some noise as it's pushing water down which wants to rise and visa versa. But... it's a 1060, it's really not going to generate too much heat, coupled with a Ryzen 5 as well. Should be fine.



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Pemalite said:
OneTime said:

I would avoid anything water-cooled unless you build it yourself, or have it installed by a professional. Also, although this may have been high-end a few years ago, now it's just 16Gb RAM/512Gb SSD/1080 GTX which is pretty much an office PC.

I generally translate the words "Water cooled" and "Gaming PC" into "will have problems" and "overpriced, ugly box with LEDs" in my head.

16GB of Ram, 512GB SSD and a Geforce GTX 1080 is far from an "office PC". - It's still very capable at gaming, especially at 1440P.
Pascal still has life left in it yet.

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I don't get the silly cooler placement, it's dumping hot air inside the case, but really a non-issue with that hardware.

When Nvidia get the next round of graphics cards into full production, eBay will be flooded with second-hand GTX 1080s.  The price will be very low soon... (and yeah, 16Gb/512 is mid-range office PC - certainly lower than what we get here).