Reasons Why You Should Build Your Own PC

custom pc buildOn the fence about building your own PC or purchasing a prebuilt system? Building your own PC might seem daunting but it’s easier than you would think and as long as you follow the instructions, you’ll have a new custom PC in no time!

Cost-Efficient

An entry level custom PC only costs around $300-$400 and depending on your needs, building a gaming PC could cost you anywhere between $600-$800. Even if this sounds expensive, in the world of computers it’s actually quite affordable! When you build your own PC, you’re also able to pick and choose the components that you want to use instead of opting for a pre-built system and spending hundreds of dollars on upgrades!

Easier to Upgrade Components

Custom PCs are extremely simple when it comes to the components that they utilize. If you want to upgrade any of the components in yours, replacing it for a new one is quick and easy. Typically its as easy as popping the current component out and place in the new piece. For those individuals that are avid gamers, upgrading your system every few years is recommended.

Superior Cooling Systems

The cooling systems that are part of a pre-built system aren’t always efficient enough for gamers and are typically crammed into a small space, making them less efficient. When building your own PC, there are more cooling system options available with the option to have several fans or even liquid cooling components. When you have a custom cooling system in your computer, the air flow through the system will be better and will save you more money in the long run.

Higher Quality Parts

Even with brands that are known for being high quality, that doesn’t mean they are built with high-quality parts. By building your own PC, you know exactly what parts are going into your computer and you’re able to pick the ones that you prefer.

Better Warranties

Most pre-built systems have a general one year warranty, which sounds awesome but they’re typically inconvenient and require you to go periods of time without your computer. By purchasing the various components for your PC separately, you’re able to have individual warranties on each part and when anything goes wrong, you can simply take the part out and send it out for repairs. Most individual components have 2+ year warranties, which is extremely convenient!

If you’re interested in a custom PC, but not ready to take the project on yourself, give Spartan Liquid Cooling a call today at (810) 772-7826 for your quote!

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5 Signs Your Computer is Overheating

Heat and your computer are two things that should not mix. Computers are specifically built to disperse heat as efficiently as possible. Why? Heat can destabilize your computer, causing it to malfunction and even causing permanent component damage. Here’s a few things to keep in mind the next time your laptop or PC starts to heat up.

Can You Hear Your Fan?

The fan in your computer should start running when it heats up. If the fan is constantly and consistently running, though, there’s a problem. Most computers use a single exhaust fan to cool down, along with vents.

Where is Your Computer?

Many laptops today have small rubber “feet” that elevate the actual body of the computer a few millimeters off the surface of your desk. When you keep your computer on a soft surface like a pillow or blanket, it’s harder for heat to dispense properly, especially when you’re running programs that require a lot of energy. If you’re watching a movie on your computer while balancing it on the end of your couch and your computer’s fan starts to whir, take a popcorn break for a few minutes.

Slow Down to Cool Down

Put your laptop into power save mode, which will automatically cut down on the computer’s processes and help lower the temperature. You can also shut down programs temporarily that are using a lot of system resources— games, movies, and art software are often culprits.

Don’t Risk It

You may have gotten used to the feeling of a warm lap due to a constantly overheating laptop. Don’t get too comfy, though. A laptop that gets too hot can give you third-degree burns if you’re not careful, and it will definitely have a shorter lifespan over the long term. Heat can damage memory modules, hard drives, motherboards and more. Not to mention, overheated and malfunctioning electronics are one common cause of household fires.

How’s the Airflow?

If you keep your laptop on a flat surface and haven’t been running any energy-intensive program, then the issue might be dust and dirt that has entered your computer case and accumulated over time, eventually serving to both trap heat and get in the way of proper airflow. Check your computer’s manual to see if it is possible to clean dust from your computer by yourself.

Not sure why your computer keeps overheating? Contact Spartan Liquid Cooling today at (810) 772-7826.

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What is the Start-Stop Function & How Do I Use It?

EVO Vardar FanWith the new EK-Vardar EVO Cooling Fan now on the market, the newest start-stop function has been making waves and has some great benefits. For starters, when your PC is idling, you will be provided with a true 0dB environment. Modern GPUs have been using this technology for a while now, so implementing it into liquid cooling fans was a long time coming.

How Do I Use It?

Using the software you use to regulate fan speed, you’re going to adjust the PWM curve to make your EK-Vardar EVO fans come to a complete halt and by lowering the PWM duty cycle by 20-30%, the fan motor and controllers will turn off.

The fan will turn back on once the PWM threshold you have set is reached. At this point, the fan will speed up.

Benefits

Having a start-stop function on your fan, you will be able to achieve a dead silent experience by simply adding in the right fans and adjusting the PWM curve.

Other Benefits:

  • Less dust buildup in the radiators
  • Less dust buildup throughout your PC
  • Having the fans stop when not in use will increase the lifespan of your fans

EK-Vardar EVO fans with Start-Shop Functionality

  • EK-Vardar EVO 120ER Black (500-2200rpm)
  • EK-Vardar EVO 120ER White (500-2200rpm)
  • EK-Vardar EVO 140ER Black (500-2000rpm)
  • EK-Vardar EVO 140ER White (500-2000rpm)
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When You Should Build Your Own PC

The decision to build your own PC or to purchase a pre-made PC (Dell, Apple, etc.) is a big one, but more often than not, building your own custom PC makes the most sense. If you’re stuck in between, here are a few signs you should build your own.

1. You have a need for high-end hardware but are on a budget

Depending on what your budget is and the hardware that you need, the cost can vary. But, in the world of computer hardware, you can build your own PC with the high-end hardware that you need for a more affordable price compared to purchasing a pre-made PC with this hardware already installed.

2. You’re interested in building computers

Whether you’re interested in building computers as part of your professional skill set or as a hobby, if you’re interested in the motion of computers parts and hardware, you should build your own PC! The process of building the computer, finding the right parts, and getting it to work is incredibly rewarding.

3. The configuration you want is hard to find

Since “off the shelf” PCs don’t have the customization options that building your own PC has, you will often have to overpay for a computer that has hardware you don’t need, just to get the configuration you do need. Building your own PC is your best option for getting the configuration you want without the extra hardware you don’t need.

4. You intend to modify the system after the initial build

If you know that you will be modifying your system beyond the initial build, building your own custom PC is your best option. You’ll have the extra space needed for some of these modifications and won’t have to worry about the specifications of the new hardware you’ll be using.

If you’re ready to build your own PC but want some assistance, give Spartan Liquid Cooling a call to learn more about our custom PC options at (810) 772-7826.

Liquid Cooling 101

liquid coolingAll computers have one thing in common: the production of heat. When the system is turned on and is being utilized for work or leisure, they generate heat due to the energy being used to work properly. There are now several ways to help assist your computer in the cooling down process with liquid cooling being one of the most popular options. But what is liquid cooling? How does it work? Why should you liquid cool your computer?

What is Liquid Cooling?

Liquid cooling, also known as water cooling, is a way to cool down your computer while eliminating the need for a fan within your system. Liquid is also much more efficient at cooling down the crucial parts of your computer compared to an internal fan.

How Does it Work?

A coolant is first poured into a reservoir, which is connected to a pump, which then pushes the liquid through a series of pipes and hoses to a conductive metal block on the CPU or GPU. When the liquid enters the conductive metal block, it is absorbing the heat before moving on to the radiator to cool down before completing the cycle again.

Why Choose Liquid Cooling?

Liquid cooling allows the components of your computer to cool down and take a break, without compromising the integrity of the system itself and is more efficient than air cooling. If you live in an area with a warmer environment or have multiple graphics cards in your system, liquid cooling is a great option for you! Liquid cooling is also extremely quiet, especially when being compared to internal fans, and has several customization features making it ideal for gamers.

Pros of Liquid Cooling

  • Cools your PC faster
  • Several ways to be customized for your needs
  • Easy to install
  • Offers a quiet solution versus internal fans

Cons of Liquid Cooling

  • Requires a larger system to fit the pipes and radiator
  • Costs more than air cooling
  • Maintenance to top off coolant levels and to ensure there are no leaks
  • Takes time to set up (although it’s very easy!)

To have your liquid cooling system installed or built into your next custom PC, give Spartan Liquid Cooling a call today at (810) 772-7826.

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Advantages of Liquid Cooling

An alternative to traditional air cooling, liquid cooling involves circulating coolants across specific parts of a computer or gaming system to remove excess heat. Although computers are supposed to generate heat, when they generate excess heat due to unfavorable circumstances, it can cause damage to the computer and even kill it. Computers that are purchased from reliable manufacturers, such as HP and Lenovo, come with these cooling systems built-in but if you opt for a customized PC, it’s crucial these systems are put in place.

Advantages of Liquid Cooling

 

1. More Space

A traditional computer has various fans within it to keep the PC cool. These fans are bulky and take up a lot of space and many of the individual parts of the PC require their own fan for different reasons. With a smaller profile, liquid cooling requires less space within your PC, allowing more space for additional components to be installed as well as give your computer a thinner profile.

2. Noise-Free Operation

Have you ever owned a computer that whenever you used certain applications or worked on certain projects, the fans in your computer would go haywire? The loud noises will occasionally sound like your computer is about to take off and quite frankly, they can be distracting. With liquid cooling, there is no need for these loud fans and the process of liquid cooling makes little to no noise.

Keep in mind that there will still be a few smaller fans to improve ventilation within your PC, but these will be low-powered and do not generate and loud noise.

3. Better Overclocking Potential

Raising the frequency of a processor chip is common with computer hobbyists, but this requires a lot of power consumption and heat generation. With liquid cooling, this excess heat can be removed more efficiently and allows the system to transfer heat over greater distances.

4. Cooling Specific Components

With liquid cooling, there is a higher degree of cooling specifications, meaning that certain components of the PC can be cooled faster and more efficiently than traditional types of cooling. Liquid cooling can also be used to cool down key components of a computer, including the hard drive, voltage regulator modules, and power supplies.

To learn more about our liquid cooling services, give us a call today at (810) 772-7826.

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The Benefits of Building Your Own PC

benefits of custom pc buildsAlthough modern computers tend to last for quite a few years, the tech industry is constantly changing, which means that computer hardware often becomes obsolete within mere months. For people who need high-powered computers for one reason or another, this can be problematic, as they may be forced into purchasing new machines before they are ready to.

If you fall into this category, you may have begun considering the possibility of building your own PC next time you’re ready to upgrade. There are a variety of benefits to doing this. You’ll learn more about some of these advantages as you read the rest of this guide.

Flexible Design

Nobody knows what you need in a computer more than you. Manufacturers know what people want and need in general but aren’t designing their machines with your specific needs in mind. One of the perks of building your own PC is that you’ll have the design flexibility to make sure it does what you need it to do.

Furthermore, from an aesthetics standpoint, you’ll be able to make your PC look however you want it to. If you’d like the tower to have flashing green lights, for instance, you can add them.

Stronger Power Supply

When you build your own PC, you can choose whatever power supply you want. This means you can buy the highest quality product on the market without paying for the machine that goes with it. By sourcing your own parts, you’ll be able to save money, while having a stronger power supply than you probably could have afforded if you had purchased a pre-built machine.

Customization of Hardware & Software

This benefit is particularly meaningful to individuals, including gamers and developers, who like to run multiple operating systems at once. Need a Linux environment and a Windows environment? No problem when you build your own machine. Crafting a PC from scratch means that you have control over both the hardware you use and the software you put on it, whether it’s a little-known program you love or a specific OS.

Higher Quality Parts

As mentioned earlier, it’s much less expensive to buy individual computer parts than it is to buy a whole, pre-built machine. This allows you to source high-end pieces without blowing your budget. In the end, you’ll have a quality computer that both meets your unique personal specifications and is much nicer than anything you could have found in a store.

Upgrade Whenever You Want

The fact that you’re planning to build your own computer indicates that you’re quite tech savvy. This means you should have no problem upgrading your PC whenever you want to. If, for instance, a new graphics chip hits the market, you can simply replace the one you have in your tower without buying a whole new machine. This saves time, money, and hassle, making your life as a serious computer user a lot easier.

If building your own PC isn’t for you, let Spartan Liquid Cooling do it for you! To learn more about our custom PC builds, give us a call today at (810) 772-7826.

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What is Liquid Cooling & How Can It Change Your PC?

Have you noticed sometimes you can hear the fan spinning inside your computer? Have you ever noticed the computer fan running extra loud, and often during the same time when your computer is also very hot? The main reason why the internal computer fan can get very loud is because most modern computers and IT systems operate at a very high pace, which results in a lot of heat generated inside the system hardware. In order to effectively cool the internal components of the computer and reduce the risk of overheating and potentially damaging the hardware, the internal fan must operate at a very high pace to keep up with the amount of heat generated. Anytime the computer is feeling very hot, the fan is usually spinning rapidly at the same time. Fan driven air has always been the conventional method of cooling computers and IT systems. Unfortunately, fans are not the most effective method of heat removal and the need to be cleaned regularly makes it very tedious. One option to eliminate the loud noise and even remove the need of a fan is through the use of liquid cooling.

Liquid Cooling Explained

Liquid cooling, also called water cooling, eliminates the need for an internal fan inside your computer. In liquid cooling, water is circulated between an engine and a radiator through a system of internal tubing. The water moves the heat from the engine to the radiator causing the water to cool off and then circulate back to the engine through the use of thermodynamics. Because liquids are much more effective at transferring heat than air, liquid cooling is a much better option to choose over internal fans to prevent your computer from overheating. 

Why is Liquid Cooling Needed and What Are the Benefits?

Modern devices are running at a very fast speed and thus generate a lot of heat very quickly. As a result, conventional air cooling has been struggling to keep up with effective heat removal. In order to keep up with the speed of modern technology, there must be a better option than the conventional method. Currently, liquid cooling is the best solution for heat removal without creating any noise or pollution.

The biggest benefit of liquid cooling is the elimination of any loud noises caused by the internal fan. Whether it’s your regular desktop or maybe you’re a hardcore gamer, you will never have to deal with a loud fan again. Liquid cooling ensures your computer and IT infrastructure  is safe by eliminating the chance of overheating and extending the lifespan of your internal computer components. Perhaps the most interesting benefit of water cooling is the aesthetics because it will turn your computer or IT system into an appealing working of art.

Learn More About Liquid Cooling

If you are interested in learning more about water cooling, contact Spartan Liquid Cooling at (810) 772-7826 and speak with one of our experienced professionals today!

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Protecting Your PC From Algae Damage

Algae in a Computer?

When there is water anywhere, there is a risk of algae growing but it is easy to keep an eye on and prevent any damage. Follow along to learn more about how algae could be growing in your PC and how to prevent it.

  • Clean, rinse, and completely dry all liquid cooling parts before installing them in your PC.
  • Avoid using distilled water as your main coolant, as it contains the bacteria that algae use to grow and prosper.
  • Do not use Kill Coil, a type of Silver metal strips, in a water cooling loop that has distilled water as its main coolant. The silver ions that makeup Kill Coil strips are likely not strong enough to prevent biological growth in your loop. The mixed loop already has several types of metal as is so it is best to not test this loop.
  • Do not experiment using different types of coolant that have not been market tested and proven safe to use. Without this type of testing, you cannot be sure that the coolant you are choosing has the proper biological inhibitors to prevent algae growth. This is just one of the many reasons you should not use an untested coolant but there are several others so we highly recommend avoiding such solutions.
  • Be tedious in the way that you clean, rinse, and wipe-down each of your liquid cooling products to be sure you are not creating the perfect environment for bacteria growth, which will not only damage your liquid cooling parts but possibly your PC as a whole.

Liquid Cooling Questions

Do you have other liquid cooling questions? Check out some of our other guides including building your own PC, swapping mounting brackets, liquid cooling a gaming system, and delidding your PC.  With any other questions, contact Spartan Liquid Cooling today!

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The Basics of Liquid Cooling Your Gaming System or PC

Learn More About Liquid Cooling

If you’re a gamer or a frequent computer-user, you’ve surely heard the term “liquid cooling” thrown around. Use our blog post to familiarize yourself with liquid cooling and see what all the fuss is about!

What is Air Cooling?

Air cooling is the system your PC or gaming system comes equipped with, which uses small fans to cool the whole system down. The air cooling system in most PCs works efficiently for the average user, especially in the first few years of use but if you are using your computer for more advanced activity such as gaming, air cooling may not be sufficiently cooling your system. If the heat in your PC isn’t properly dealt with, it will immediately begin harming your PC. Instead of getting rid of the heat completely, the fans simply work to cool down the air the same way a ceiling fan works to cool the hot air in your home. When there is a great amount of or significant heat, the fans have to work even harder to cool the air, which creates the noise you hear from your PC.

What is Liquid Cooling?

Liquid cooling is a newer alternative to the classic air cooling process. A more scientific approach, liquid uses thermodynamics, moving the heat from warm air and objects to cooler ones. This approach is called “liquid” cooling because it uses tubes that run cold air through the heated areas to cool them down. Though this system is more expensive than the air cooling system your PC or gaming system is currently equipped with, it will help your system work to its full potential, extend the life of your PC, and give you a better overall experience.

How to Liquid Cool Your PC

Need help liquid cooling your PC? Contact Spartan Liquid Cooling today and we’ll get you started! Whether you want to install a liquid cooling system yourself or you’d like us to do it for you, we’ll talk you through the process and help you get the products you need.