I am currently planning to upgrade to water cooling for my CPU and GPU to achieve a very quiet system.
I am about to upgrade to 24gb's of RAM which will either be Corsair Dominator 1600 CL9 24gb kit or 6 x Corsair XMS3 1600 CL7 4gb sticks.
My motherboard is a Gigabyte ex58-ds4. (terrible but does the job none the less)
my query is this:
Does ram need airflow to prevent overheating?
Because if the ram is going to overheat I will buy the xms3 so i can attach a waterblock.
or will the heat simply not be an issue?
or should I buy the dominator so the added heat fins can cool the RAM? At the cost of getting CL9?
To be clear I will not use any fans for the entire system except for extremely quiet ones on the biggest radiator I can find for the water cooling.
Well usually you don't need direct cooling for RAM sockets, so long as there is a good flow passing by the RAM on the way out. BUT you are putting in higher clocked chips.. First and foremost! Why are you putting in 24Gb of RAM in the first place?
I think you should provide some airflow in your case regardless. The X58 chipset will need some airflow if nothing else does.
That should be sufficient for the ram also. Fancy heat spreaders are mostly marketing gimmicks. They might be useful if you are a competitive overclocker, pushing the ram to the max. A quiet 500-700 rpm fan in your case will be inaudible. A hard drive will make more noise.