Water Cooling and Modding

When it comes to modding and custom PC builds… water cooling actually go hand in hand.

Not only does water cooling make your system look great, but it has the added benefit of providing superior cooling performance over standard air-cooling, especially when you overclock your CPU.



If you’re wondering what modded PCs actually look like with water cooling, you needn’t look too far. Almost all modded PCs you see out there will include some kind of water cooling. It’s part of the modding process to make the PC look unique, and to ensure their system stand out from the rest. Without it, you can never really call it a “mod”. Be it soft tubes or hard tubes (the latter being the most aesthetically pleasing)… adding a water cooling loop to your PC will instantly make your system look amazing.

One of the most concerning aspects of water cooling is the costs involved. Water cooling your system isn’t cheap. A simple custom loop, which includes a CPU water block, pump, reservoir, radiator, fittings and tubing… could easily cost around USD ~$300 and upwards.


Let’s not forget, you also need to do a lot of research, spend a lot time and patience to plan, build, install and test the entire water cooling loop. A modded PC with custom watercooling will take on average 2-3 months to build (professional modders may take less). It’s a lot of work … just to make your PC look good. But in the eyes of the modder, it’s worth every penny in terms of costs and time spent.


Taken from our up-coming Project Yuno Gasai


Taken from Project MakeMeCooler Doraemon …


Taken from Project Core Arancio 

There are easier and more affordable options available. For most users, the simplest way to add water cooling to your system would be, to buy an all-in-one (AIO) water cooling unit. There are plenty AIOs to choose from, just check your local reseller or on Amazon.


Now let’s take a look a few modded PCs with some nice water cooling installed…


Street Dreams

Created at the Cooler Master booth during COMPUTEX 2017. This mod was a collaborative project between street artist LeFunky of Portugal and professional modder Tech Modified (previously known as Oz Modz) of Australia. The goal was to infuse the highest levels of PC building/modding with street art.



A mod created to celebrate the PC release of the FPS game Destiny 2. Consists of a MSI B350 Tomahawk Arctic Edition motherboard, an AMD Ryzen 7 1700X processor,Asus GTX 1060 Strix Gaming OC 6GB graphics card, housed in a CoolerMaster MasterBox Lite 5 case  with Barrow water cooling components.


Project: MakeMeCooler Doraemon

An Intel Core i5-7600 based system on a Gigabyte GZ-Z270X Ultra gaming motherboard, featuring Zotac GTX 1070 graphics card, housed in a Cooler Master MasterMaker 5 chassis, and powered by a Cooler Master V850 PSU. Complete with Bitspower CPU water block, pump, tubing and fittings.


Master of Ice by Ethan Cooper

An AMD Ryzen 7 1800X based system on a MSi B350 Artic Thomohawk motherboard, featuring two MSi 580s graphics card in Crossfire mode, housed in a CoolerMaster MasterCase 3 chassis with Alphacool CPU block, pump, tubing and fittings.


Project: Red Iron Gallery

An Intel Core i5-6600 based system on a MSI Z170M mini-ITX motherboard, featuring Zotac GTX 1050 Ti Mini graphics card, housed in a Cooler Master Elite 110 chassis, and powered by a Cooler Master V650 PSU. Complete with Bitspower CPU water block, pump, tubing and fittings.


Project PANTHER by Edwin

An Intel Core i3-4100 based system on a MSI Z170 Krait Gaming motherboard, featuring dual MSI GeForce GTX 960 graphics card in SLI mode, housed in a Silverstone chassis with water cooling components from Bitspower.


Raceface Modified & Customizing


Sniperware/Marco Gorgia


Project: Ice Stream 2

An Intel Core i5-6600 based system on a MSI Z170M Mortar motherboard, featuring a HIS Radeon RX 480 graphics card, housed in a ID-Cooling Ice Stream 2 chassis, and powered by a Thermaltake 1250W PSU. Complete with Thermaltake water cooling components including pump, radiators, tubing and fittings, as well as a CPU water block from XSPC and a GPU water block from EK.


Elemental Fusion by Ash

An Intel Core i7 7700K based system on an Asus Maximus IX CODE motherboard, featuring Asus Strix GTX 1070 graphics card, housed in a custom build chassis made from a log! with DIY custom liquid Loop using watercooling components from Thermaltake.


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