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Looking for cooler for new gaming rig. Why do ppl care that much about sound?

So I'm planning to build a new gaming PC, with a 4790K. I am looking at the better rated coolers and seeing the most popular models are:

Noctua d14
Cm hyper 212
Phanteks
Corsair h100i

From all of these, the ine I like the most aesthetically to nos cover uo my system basically is the corsair, since the others are so big and bulky.

Now what I don't get is I see people picking the other because of the noise levels, but all of them offer similar noise levels at low power and the difference is notable at higher power/speeds/load.

But my question would be:

Why the hell would I care about that? I mean, when exactly do you put your system under loadto just listen to it esides benchmarking?? Normally my ssystem would ne under load when I'm gaming... And In that case, the loudest sound I'm gonna hear is the game sounds! Be it on speakers or headphones, I doubt that i will here thespund of the fans over the soundof the games... So what's the deal..?
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  1. People care because under overclocking, which many people do, they might not have a good case so sound escapes, and the fans can be very loud even when you're not gaming, it's not like it's only loud when you are gaming :) A well as that, some people might not play games at a high enough volume to overcome the sound of the fans, and some even game on silent
  2. legend001523 said:
    People care because under overclocking, which many people do, they might not have a good case so sound escapes, and the fans can be very loud even when you're not gaming, it's not like it's only loud when you are gaming :) A well as that, some people might not play games at a high enough volume to overcome the sound of the fans, and some even game on silent


    Right, talking about overclocking (otherwise I wouldn't even go through the hassle of getting an aftermarket cooler in the first place...).

    For machines not under load, the results I saw were not loud at all.. Only when "revvin up" the fans under load when higher cooling was needed, so non load did no have high fan noises, hence my question.

    Also, even without super high volume never had a fan be louder than the game sound, and I have some crappy stock ones atm... Regarding ppl that play silent?? Can't imagine anyone playing silent a game that would actually put some load on your system... Maybe some shitty flash gsme or solitare, who knows....

    In any case, been looking more at some recommended coolers, and they are massive.. Didn't think they were so huge... Might almost lean towards the water corsair and maybe later on replace the fans...
  3. walterg74 said:
    legend001523 said:
    People care because under overclocking, which many people do, they might not have a good case so sound escapes, and the fans can be very loud even when you're not gaming, it's not like it's only loud when you are gaming :) A well as that, some people might not play games at a high enough volume to overcome the sound of the fans, and some even game on silent


    Right, talking about overclocking (otherwise I wouldn't even go through the hassle of getting an aftermarket cooler in the first place...).

    For machines not under load, the results I saw were not loud at all.. Only when "revvin up" the fans under load when higher cooling was needed, so non load did no have high fan noises, hence my question.

    Also, even without super high volume never had a fan be louder than the game sound, and I have some crappy stock ones atm... Regarding ppl that play silent?? Can't imagine anyone playing silent a game that would actually put some load on your system... Maybe some shitty flash gsme or solitare, who knows....

    In any case, been looking more at some recommended coolers, and they are massive.. Didn't think they were so huge... Might almost lean towards the water corsair and maybe later on replace the fans...


    You still haven't considered people who have bad cases... Some people might not have a high game volume.. Not everyone plays at full sound, and when I said silent gaming, I just meant mute, as in no sound from the game,
  4. legend001523 said:
    walterg74 said:
    legend001523 said:
    People care because under overclocking, which many people do, they might not have a good case so sound escapes, and the fans can be very loud even when you're not gaming, it's not like it's only loud when you are gaming :) A well as that, some people might not play games at a high enough volume to overcome the sound of the fans, and some even game on silent


    Right, talking about overclocking (otherwise I wouldn't even go through the hassle of getting an aftermarket cooler in the first place...).

    For machines not under load, the results I saw were not loud at all.. Only when "revvin up" the fans under load when higher cooling was needed, so non load did no have high fan noises, hence my question.

    Also, even without super high volume never had a fan be louder than the game sound, and I have some crappy stock ones atm... Regarding ppl that play silent?? Can't imagine anyone playing silent a game that would actually put some load on your system... Maybe some shitty flash gsme or solitare, who knows....

    In any case, been looking more at some recommended coolers, and they are massive.. Didn't think they were so huge... Might almost lean towards the water corsair and maybe later on replace the fans...


    You still haven't considered people who have bad cases... Some people might not have a high game volume.. Not everyone plays at full sound, and when I said silent gaming, I just meant mute, as in no sound from the game,


    Right, that's what I had understood you said, mute.. Can't imagine playing anything except minesweeper with no sound... :P
  5. I play bf3 with no sound so sound is quite important to me coming from the case
  6. Legend001525 said:
    I play bf3 with no sound so sound is quite important to me coming from the case


    Why on earth do you do that..? Half the experience of gaming is the immersion sound gives you... :S
  7. I had a Pentium 4 machine which sounded somewhat similar to a vacuum. I'm not much of a gamer either, so I'd prefer to keep my system as quiet as possible. When I do play the odd game here and there, I use earphones but then the people around me are able to hear my system, whilst I'm silently gaming away. Hence I decided to build a quieter system than my previous; it's not the utmost silent, but it's acceptable.

    I don't think anyone would be fond of turning their computer on and the noise levels are instantly at 70dB; especially since most people don't use their system purely for gaming.

    You don't have to focus too much on keeping your system quiet, unless your aim is to build a silent PC. Just purchase what you believe is necessary to keep your system cool, whilst paying little attention to the dB. Most case fans and even CPU fans are designed to be quiet on idle these days anyhow.

    All the best. :)
  8. Cause it's at night and my parents were sleeping, nevertheless, you must know that your environment does not represent everyone else's so everyone has a reason to either keep their system quiet or leave it as it is
  9. Legend001525 said:
    Cause it's at night and my parents were sleeping, nevertheless, you must know that your environment does not represent everyone else's so everyone has a reason to either keep their system quiet or leave it as it is


    Then invest in a headset. :lol:
  10. Best answer
    You have professionals that want their workstations to remain quiet while rendering so that they will not be interrupted while trying to perform another task.
  11. logainofhades said:
    Legend001525 said:
    Cause it's at night and my parents were sleeping, nevertheless, you must know that your environment does not represent everyone else's so everyone has a reason to either keep their system quiet or leave it as it is


    Then invest in a headset. :lol:


    Hurts my ears after a while :/ and also when doing my hw, I hate to have loud noises next to me
  12. kira70591 said:
    You have professionals that want their workstations to remain quiet while rendering so that they will not be interrupted while trying to perform another task.



    Well you lucked out on my stupidity since I didn't want to pick the select answer button :P

    What I WAS gonna say is I don't imagine many such professionals concerned about overclocking for that and requiring to have their machines on full load such that they can get by with quieter profiles. But still...
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