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Silent Water Cooling for i7 - 2600k and GPU's

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June 2, 2011 2:04:06 AM

Basically, I work in audio and I need my computer to be as silent as possible. It's processor also needs to rape.

I'm thinking get a monster cooling system - and then under-volt the fans instead of over-clocking the processor to make the machine as silent as possible.

The goal here is to get the most processing power for the noise.

I also want something that will cool the GPU's as well - because even low end gpu's make a lot of noise in my experience - and I am looking for a pair of GPU's in the 150-200$ price range for each.

I am really stumbling around in the dark here so if anyone knows anything about silent cooling and hot processors then please please help me!

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a b K Overclocking
June 2, 2011 3:00:30 AM

Ah the quest for silence....I suggest large diameter fans like 140mm at low RPM..So get 2 triple 140 Radiators and run the Fans at low RPM. Just my two cents worth
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a b K Overclocking
June 2, 2011 3:28:12 AM

You may be able to run some low rpm fans on a very large radiator, for instance a Nova 1080, which is much cheaper than buying multiple smaller rads.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11760/ex-rad-123/Phob...

It would likely have to be mounted externally but it could significantly reduce cost.
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a c 483 K Overclocking
June 2, 2011 2:16:52 PM

If you are looking at a CPU + dual GPU loop, you are going to want to over rad to get silence or lower noise with lower speed fans. I guess it depends a lot on where you plan on putting all these radiators and then deciding which route to go. For that much cooling at very low noise levels...the Nova 1080 is overkill, but you could get away with lower speed fans...or even only using a few fans at all.
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June 2, 2011 7:23:54 PM

The fans would then be outside of the machine....so wouldn't that still be louder?

Does anyone know approximately what it would cost to either:

A: Get a respectable liquid cooling setup for the whole machine?

or

B: Get high quality silent fans for the entire machine?




Right now I am looking at the thermalright silver arrow for the cpu, aftermarket gpu's with better fans, and zalman/noctua case fans with a high quality fan control.

Would that be quieter than external fans on a radiator?
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a c 483 K Overclocking
June 2, 2011 8:08:41 PM

If you don't have good case airflow to begin with, the money you are spending on a CPU cooler and aftermarket GPU coolers will perform lower than potential until you have the airflow to allow them to run cooler at load temps.
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June 3, 2011 7:53:35 AM

rubix_1011 said:
If you don't have good case airflow to begin with, the money you are spending on a CPU cooler and aftermarket GPU coolers will perform lower than potential until you have the airflow to allow them to run cooler at load temps.


Planning on getting this case:

http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/crafted_series/phantom

Let me know if this is sufficient.
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a c 483 K Overclocking
June 3, 2011 2:04:13 PM

If you go with external radiator fans that are > 1500rpm you would be fine...if you had a fan controller, you could dial them down further. As for the case, not sure what fans came with it...which is the biggest question. If you replace your case fans with some higher CFM fans (with concern for noise level) you could improve your current airflow. Regardless the route you go, you will need fans...and if you go watercooling, you'll need MORE fans for the rads in addition to the current case fans, so choosing low RPM fans are your best bet.
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