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March 26, 2012 8:54:11 AM

I've built an almost totally silent HTPC. I'm using AMD A6-3650 APU to avoid using a noisy graphic card and i already have a fanless power supply.

My problem is that the CPU fan makes a lot of noise. Not cool when watching a movie.

So i am looking for a TOTALLY SILENT fanless water cooling system. I would like to avoid the HUGE external heatsinks

Any recommendation ? I don't have a budget, looking for quality.

Thanks !

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March 26, 2012 1:11:59 PM

silence means alot of things to alot of people, some can even hear the tick of a motor in a fan.

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TOTALLY SILENT

watercooling isn't really a solution to noise, honestly there's a hobbyists aspect as well as an enthusiasts aspect rolled into this venture.

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How do I know if I need watercooling or air cooler upgrade?
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My temps seem to be hot on my CPU and/or GPU!!...I need a new cooler!

Not so fast. I’m not trying to discourage anyone from going out and contributing to the economy by spending their money on a new cooler or full-fledged watercooling loop. However, here is a simple way to test whether or not your cooler needs updating or if you simply have poor case airflow, in which a cooler upgrade would still have little effect (watercooling loop would still provide improvement, but still dependent upon ambient temps and radiator placement/airflow).

Remove the side panel of your case. Take a house or desk fan- turn on HIGH and blow air into your case. Run your benchmarks, game, Fold, encode video, etc…see what your temps are. Compare with the temps you get with your case side on, and no fan. If the temps drop 5C or more, you have a case airflow issue inside your case that should be addressed before ever replacing an air cooler with another air cooler. Watercooling might help, but depending on your desired temp ranges and budget, updating/adding fans might be the only thing you need to improve to get temps where you want them. If your temps remain the same or within 1-3C, you might have a minor airflow issue (or ambient temps are different than when you ran your baseline test without the fan). If you still are unhappy with your temps, this is when considering a cooling upgrade is a good decision.
available with much more info in the WC'ing sticky(in my sig)

have you taken the time to read the sticky? The watercooling section is unique in the sense that , the parts chosen are meant for you and you alone, unlike the rest of the sections where people just prescribe a part for the masses. I say this since you'll be the one maintaining the loop and looking after it - gradually upgrading it should you need to. Couple of read through's and a better understanding will get you a long way.

you might want to look at the Thermalright HR02 for that cpu.

Huge external heatsinks - you mean the Mo-Ra3 rad?
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March 26, 2012 2:03:57 PM

You can't really run passive watercooling without a lot of surface area, so that isn't likely the best solution. For most people, watercooling and using low RPM fans on radiators are the best bet for going quiet. Under 1000 rpm fans on a radiator are very quiet, but you seem to want something more silent than this which might be more difficult than you think, depending on CPU fan that is used.
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March 26, 2012 3:53:28 PM

You'll need fans to dissipate from the radiator. Just go with some low rpm fans and they will be quiet.
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March 26, 2012 7:11:20 PM

ungovernable said:
I've built an almost totally silent HTPC. I'm using AMD A6-3650 APU to avoid using a noisy graphic card and i already have a fanless power supply.

My problem is that the CPU fan makes a lot of noise. Not cool when watching a movie.

So i am looking for a TOTALLY SILENT fanless water cooling system. I would like to avoid the HUGE external heatsinks

Any recommendation ? I don't have a budget, looking for quality.

Thanks !


water cooling can be costly about 2000 to 3000 for every thing but combined with noise board glued to the inside of your case the noise will be below 3dB and i dont know of any thing quiter low rpm fans are a must on the raidator and do not buy cheep water blocks swifttech, bitzpower, or jist go to frozencpu.com and check out the product line its not that hard to see quality parts but always review any water cooling compont before buying
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March 26, 2012 7:40:53 PM

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water cooling can be costly about 2000 to 3000 for every thing but combined with noise board glued to the inside of your case the noise will be below 3dB and i dont know of any thing quiter low rpm fans are a must on the raidator and do not buy cheep water blocks swifttech, bitzpower, or jist go to frozencpu.com and check out the product line its not that hard to see quality parts but always review any water cooling compont before buying


Much of this information is incorrect-

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water cooling can be costly about 2000 to 3000 for every thing


Most watercooling loops are laround $600 for a good, CPU and dual GPU loop...can be less, can be more. If you are spending over $1000 (let alone $2000-$3000) you know what you are doing, and you are building something beyond the use of 99% of any user in the watercooling community.

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noise will be below 3dB


3db isn't really possible as even a room that is silent still records 10db or so. The sound of a monitor simply being on would be more than 3db.

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low rpm fans are a must on the raidator


This depends on what radiator you have chosen, fans used and performance you are looking for. High FPI radiators perform better with faster fans.

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do not buy cheep water blocks swifttech, bitzpower


I'm not sure if you are meaning Swiftech and Bitspower are poor-quality brands or these would be brands to choose?

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or jist go to frozencpu.com and check out the product line its not that hard to see quality parts but always review any water cooling compont before buying


FrozenCPU is one of the more expensive online retailers, but they do have a large selection of components and parts. This being said, they have some of the very best gear you can buy...as well as some that you would want to avoid. So, simply looking at what looks nice and buying that, it's better to do a lot of research first and narrow down your choices.
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March 26, 2012 7:51:19 PM

Thanks for reply guys.

I don't really need something expensive since all i need is CPU cooling. Everything else in my HTPC is passive cooling. My CPU max 60 degress while gaming MW3 and idles UNDER 20 degrees. So i really don't need strong cooling power.

I just want something to replace my fan, WITHOUT NOISE. I'm not even expecting better temperature.

Reserator 1 V1 looks cool except it is WAAAYY too huge. And also, like i said, i only need CPU cooling so i don't care about VGA and the other stuff.

Oh yeah, i also want something that doesn't need maintenance. I don't want to replace liquid or stuff like that.

Been looking at the corsair H70, looks simple and effective but it uses a 120mm fan. If i can't find a fanless solution i may just go with the corsair H70 and use it with a silent Nocturia fan.
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March 26, 2012 8:17:46 PM

Based on this info, you probably just want a large air cooler with a low RPM fan. You don't want a Reserator, they're junk and run mixed metals. Also, most watercooling would require maintenance at least yearly, and even a closed loop cooler is going to need to run lower speed fans or on a lowest profile setting to stay under your noise levels.

I think that based on this criteria, this would be your best bet...I just don't see a liquid cooler or watercooling solution that meets what you are looking for as everything else either would be too noisy or require maintenance.
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March 26, 2012 8:50:07 PM

ungovernable said:
Thanks for reply guys.

I don't really need something expensive since all i need is CPU cooling. Everything else in my HTPC is passive cooling. My CPU max 60 degress while gaming MW3 and idles UNDER 20 degrees. So i really don't need strong cooling power.

I just want something to replace my fan, WITHOUT NOISE. I'm not even expecting better temperature.

Reserator 1 V1 looks cool except it is WAAAYY too huge. And also, like i said, i only need CPU cooling so i don't care about VGA and the other stuff.

Oh yeah, i also want something that doesn't need maintenance. I don't want to replace liquid or stuff like that.

Been looking at the corsair H70, looks simple and effective but it uses a 120mm fan. If i can't find a fanless solution i may just go with the corsair H70 and use it with a silent Nocturia fan.


hay i have been there I started with jist CPU cooling and the start up for that is around 600 the problem is that the rest of your system is air cooling with requires air flow through the case you can't seal the case if it is air cooled like using cork board or noise board it took me 4 years to bild up to the system i have now
AMD FX-60 clocked to 3 GHz
4 rapters 36.4 raid array for performance
AGP PRO 6800 GT clocked to 700 MHz
ASUS A8V deluxe pro motherboard
OCZ 400 MHz memory clocked to 500 MHz
all water cooled still runs top end games today
and in most cases faster than any stock computer pulled off the self today EX: best buy computers, true a alienwear 2012 area 51 is faster but not by much
its not about what you have but the quility of the parts and how you put them together i do not know what scale that other guy was using to gage dB but i am only refering to 300 Hz to 2000 Hz frenk not to mintion that dB itself is a log function ment to be a figure of merit.
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March 26, 2012 9:10:25 PM

I disagree with your hardware listed above being capable compared to any modern hardware. I had a P4 and 6800GT- that was 7 years ago; this hardware wouldn't run modern games today.

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its not about what you have but the quility of the parts and how you put them together i do not know what scale that other guy was using to gage dB but i am only refering to 300 Hz to 2000 Hz frenk not to mintion that dB itself is a log function ment to be a figure of merit.


This being said, am I the 'other guy' you are referring to?

Please be a bit less misleading when suggesting components that are incorrectly suggested in the multiples of thousands of dollar range. There is a high percentage of inaccuracy being suggested here, so please use more discretion when suggesting cost and products to users who have no other background or knowledge on a subject.
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March 26, 2012 9:14:05 PM

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Based on this info, you probably just want a large air cooler with a low RPM fan.

Why would an air-only low-RPM fan be a better solution than Corsair H70 coupled with a low-RPM fan ?
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March 26, 2012 9:22:36 PM

Put your computer in another room. Use an HDMI cable through the wall and a RF remote.

Voila no more noise.
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March 26, 2012 9:23:04 PM

I am just going to add that i think the biggest heatsink with a slow fan is also best for media duties. As long as you have the space for it.

The H70 heatsink needs a good enough fan(decent static pressure) to get air past the rad(fins close together). An air cooler with wider spaced fins needs less static pressure.

Have you considered something like the NH D14(or some of the other dual tower heat sinks). It is huge and with the fans on low, should be quite quiet for you.

EDIT.

Are on on the stock cooler for your APU?
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March 26, 2012 9:23:29 PM

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Based on this info, you probably just want a large air cooler with a low RPM fan.

Why would an air-only low-RPM fan be a better solution than Corsair H70 coupled with a low-RPM fan ?

They're going to produce similar levels of noise, cool about the same, but the air cooler is going to cost about half as much.

Personally, I'm of the opinion that you want to get a really good, really quiet air cooler. Totally fanless isn't going to be doable without a lot of work, but a silent 120mm fan on low is a lot quieter than you'd expect. If you can get creative with putting crap in front of it to muffle the noise even more (like a glass door on an entertainment center), then it's going to be damn close to inaudible.
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March 26, 2012 9:29:40 PM

Corsair H-series coolers perform about as well as most good air coolers. Corsair coolers also use higher RPM fans which would be louder for the higher FPI radiator instead of a lower RPM fan for a lower restriction, large air cooler.
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March 26, 2012 10:04:58 PM

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Corsair H-series coolers perform about as well as most good air coolers. Corsair coolers also use higher RPM fans which would be louder for the higher FPI radiator instead of a lower RPM fan for a lower restriction, large air cooler.

yes i already noticed that, that's why i was thinking about the H70 model because it doesn't come with a fan, so i can select one myself.

I was thinking about using Corsair H70 with a noctura fan (unless you have something more silent to recommend me). I have been using a 120mm Noctura fan in my bedroom and it's almost silent.

If i'm forced to use a 120mm fan, i'd rather use it with the Corsair H70 + 120mm Noctura so i could hook the fan on the side of my case, which would create a better airflow for the rest of my computer.. Theorically it should be as quiet as if i go with a air-fan solution, i think ?
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March 26, 2012 10:12:47 PM

I still think the H70 is going to be louder overall than your choice of an air cooler or even your original CPU cooler. If silence truly is your goal, a Hyper 212+ is very quiet- I just installed one on my brother's CPU a few weeks ago and it's very quiet and works very well. $30. With the H70, you have the fan and the pump to contend with...and there are some who complain the pump emits a constant buzzing noise.
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March 26, 2012 10:21:40 PM

Noctua 92mm cooler?
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March 26, 2012 10:36:04 PM

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Theorically it should be as quiet as if i go with a air-fan solution
but will cost you more than you would on a better performing air cooler.

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i'd rather use it with the Corsair H70 + 120mm Noctura
you seem to be hell bent on getting a corsair, it also seems you've made your mind up and want us to say what you want to hear :p 

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that's why i was thinking about the H70 model because it doesn't come with a fan, so i can select one myself.
if you understood that then you'll also understand that the rad needs to be fed with cooler air, in order to do this the teeth(fins) are spaced rather tightly. So pushing in air will mean faster/higher static pressured fans than a standard case fan. Don't go for the Noctua fans, they are advertised as silent fans, but they aren't radiator fans - not worth buying for that use but as a case fan.

I can say this confidently since i use a H50(the H70's younger bro) with a pair of NF P-12 fans, totally silent but bad for temps.

FYI - silent+heat don't play nice with each other. If you have a boat load of money to throw away, take a look at the Aquacomputer external rad, it'd still need a cpu block, tubing and pump+distilled water to run and maintain.

2nd FYI - all that'll be overkill on a measly APU.
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March 26, 2012 11:22:12 PM

No no, i didn't made up my mind yet, i was just explaining what i think because i wanted to see if i was wrong. And reading what you guys have wrote, i think i will not buy the Corsair H70.

Ok so you convinced me, i will go with a standard air fan. From what i have read, it would be better to get a 120mm because it can spin slower and produce the same airflow than a 80mm fan

There's not a lot of 120mm cpu fan certified to work with Socket FM1 but i found this one :
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2

Do you think it would fit on my Gigabyte A75M-D2H motherboard or do you have a better suggestion ?
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March 26, 2012 11:33:41 PM

The 212(hard to beat for the price.) should fit fine as long as you do not have tall memory. If you do, the fan may need to be slid up a bit.

Personally, i find the 212+ can be loud(at higher speeds), but an APU system should NOT have issues(its not as hot as a 1366 I7 and everyone has a different level of noise they will put up with. If you are on the stock cooler, i feel your pain if it is anything like the PII X4 coolers). Worst case, get your fan of choice later.

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March 26, 2012 11:52:12 PM

Yes currently i am on the stock CPU fan by AMD. I've bought and heard dozens and i can seriously tell that this is the noisiest cpu i ever heard in my life beside 5-years-old cpu fans full of dust, LOL. When cpu idle at 15° it's fine but as soon as i start using the CPU a bit the cpu temp can jump to 40°-50° so the fan makes a lot of noise.

my memory is G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24
not sure if it is too tall...

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Personally, i find the 212+ can be loud(at higher speeds)

Do you have a more silent recommendation ? I'd rather pay more if i can get something more silent !

The 212+ is all i could find that was certified to use with Socket FM1. But i'm pretty sure there is other 120mm fans that are compatible with this socket, it's just not listed. For example the corsair H70 was working with Socket FM1 but it just wasn't listed on newegg.ca
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March 27, 2012 12:10:49 AM

The 212+ can use any normal 25mm fan you want, and can even mount 2 in push/pull if you went with more quiet fans.
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March 27, 2012 12:17:36 AM

or take a look at the thermalright HR02 passive heatsink fan. you can add a silent low rpm fan later if you want but with that APU and its TDP, you've got a good headroom :)  and it wont have an issue with ram's with tall heatsinks.

@ OP - i didn't mean to startle you into giving up the watercooling project, but when you want a no hassle/maintenance free setup without the noise issue...just get fanless :)  :lol: 

if you're swaying to move for an air cooler, we can change thread section.

AMD's cpu solution were always noisy, before intel.

http://www.thermalright.com/products/?act=data&id=95&ca...

http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/thhrcpucofor.html
http://www.xoxide.com/thermalright-am2-bracket-rev2.htm...

mobo compatability list - http://www.thermalright.com/layout/system/file.php?code... - shows your mob and you'll loose out on the first PCI-E slot for GPU.

socket, FM1 is based on the AM2/AM3 mounting mechanism, so your ensured it'll work.
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March 27, 2012 12:29:58 AM

I am almost sure FM1 and AM3 coolers are the same(from a mounting standpoint). EDIT...confirmed by Lutfij.

It is hard to recommend very expensive coolers since for most users to 212 is more then enough.

Think of it this way.

I picked up a 9500AT from Zalman for it's quietness, it was NOT quiet at even half speed. Picked up an arctic cooling Freezer 7, it was not much better, but it was much cheaper and ran just as cool on my system.

Sometimes you pay 2-3x the price for just a 2-3 c drop.

The NH D14 is highly rated, but expensive and may be extreme overkill for your system.

My current cooler is a Zalman CNPS Flex with a Noctua NF P12 for me it works well and is still quieter then my power supply.

Extreme silence is VERY hard. You keep replacing parts to find others are not too loud(CPU fan/hard drives/case fans/power supply and so on).

If the APU cooler is that loud, the 212 will be a huge drop in noise and at idle conditions should spin quite slowly.

Some boards let you set PWM or Voltage. Try voltage, it makes some PWM fans spin even slower :) 
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March 27, 2012 12:32:34 AM

Oh wow, Thermalright HR-02 looks awesome. I've seen something similar before, but i couldn't find it back. But is it really effective ? Like i said my CPU can reach 60+ degrees while playing COD MW3 (and i've only monitored temperature for 10minutes).

Do you think the HR-02 would fit in my Antec Fusion Remote Black case ? And if i use the HR-02 combined with my two 120mm side fans from my Antec Fusion case, do you think i would be able to keep my CPU cool enough for gaming (with low graphics)

Edit: oh wait i just noticed that HR-02 is designed to have a 120mm fan mounted on it... I thought it was a fanless heatsink
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March 27, 2012 12:33:19 AM

@ nuke - thas a good option as always, nothing beats a Hyper 212 for its bang for buck :) 
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March 27, 2012 12:40:50 AM

The fusion has a bit of a space limit, maybe a top down cooler will be best.

I have a Geminii S in my media center, but it has been discontinued since.

I am almost thinking of Scythe Shuriken or similar

A Scythe Ninja Mini should also fit.
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March 27, 2012 12:42:30 AM

now that you mentioned the case, the whole scenario has changed. you could look at the scythe coolers, or the cooler master vortex plus...
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March 27, 2012 12:44:53 AM

I just want to add an image to show that the 212 in a normal width case fills it pretty good. so on to the top down coolers.



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March 27, 2012 12:51:07 AM

I hopped in an ninja-fixed your
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March 27, 2012 12:53:52 AM

haaaaiya :D  :p  :lol:  ninja fixed.
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rubix_1011 said:
I hopped in an ninja-fixed your
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March 27, 2012 12:58:52 AM

I use Photobucket and they have one...but I would assume that ImageShack does. Either way, I think the forum is able to auto-resize; the first time I viewed, yeah, it was huge. When I refreshed the page, it seems to be normal size.
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March 27, 2012 1:31:58 AM

Ok, so following your recommendations this is really between Scythe Shuriken and Cooler Master now...

Scythe has lower dBa level so it's my favorite so far... also the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 has lower noise level compared to other models... Is there a specific reason you guys were recommending the Hyper 212 model ?
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March 27, 2012 1:33:42 AM

I no longer think the 212 is an option, your case is not tall enough.

Thinking Ninja Mini or Shuriken now.

They have other coolers as well.
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March 27, 2012 1:41:01 AM

The 212+ is a great performer for the price, but it's pretty large cooler and stands quite tall.

Antec Fusion looks like they are pretty nice HTPC cases...very clean. I have to agree with nukemaster on this one; I don't know that the 212 would fit. I'm looking at the dimensions on the box right now: 116 x 51 x 159 mm ...159mm is the height off the top of your CPU. You could always confirm?
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March 27, 2012 1:50:35 AM

Ok thanks ! I'll be buying the Scythe Shuriken tonight then :)  This forum is very helpful, thanks to all of you for your time !

Ok so while i'm here, let me ask another question.

I've been thinking for a silent water cooling solution for my main computer :

CPU : Core i7 2600k
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z68A-GD65
Graphics: XFX Radeon 6970 2GB DDR5
Case: cooler master haf 922
16GB ram
Aerocool Touch-2000
2HDD + 1SSD

My case is very well ventilated (it's big, lots of air holes and 3 huge fans) and i am using a fanless power supply. Temperature is definatly not a problem, my CPU barely ever goes over 50 degrees even while heavy gaming with maxed graphics.

However, noise is a big problem once again. This XFX Radeon 6970 is VERY NOISY as soon as the temperature goes up, and sometimes just browsing internet and watching movies makes the fan spin louder.

So well, i've been thinking about putting VGA liquid cooling to lower my Radeon temperature, so the fan would spin slower. And while i'm at it, i could also cool my CPU with the same system.

Problem is that my fanless power supply is only 500W and i would prefer to keep it. Do you think that it is enough for a water cooling system ? Or is there water cooling system with external power adapters ?

Thanks again and sorry for asking so much question


edit: i'm checking the link that nuke posted, do you know what CPU cooler he is using ?
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March 27, 2012 1:52:46 AM

That doesn't look like a 212 to me...the one in that thread is fat and squatty (but likely would be a better candidate).

Watercooling definitely benefits video cards as it can easily drop the temps of a loaded GPU from 70-80C down to 40C or so at load. Low speed fans on a low FPI radiator would be quiet.
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March 27, 2012 1:54:29 AM

are you using the stryker?

you can OC it to 600W but it isn't recommended.
again, take some time to read the watercooling sticky to narrow down the parts you'll want to buy, from then on post here on the forums and it'll hopefully be smooth sailing.

budget?
cooling? cpu+gpu?

and maybe take out the GPU and give that sucker a good clean off of the dust bunnies. may also reduce fan noise.
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March 27, 2012 1:55:40 AM

scythe ninja
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March 27, 2012 2:07:31 AM

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Yes, using Kingwin Stryker in my Core i7 PC

And using Seasonic 460w fanless PSU in HTPC

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again, take some time to read the watercooling sticky to narrow down the parts you'll want to buy, from then on post here on the forums and it'll hopefully be smooth sailing.

Yes, i will ! For now i was just worried that my 500W PSU wouldn't support water cooling... So if i don't have enough power to use water cooling i'll just forget about it :( 

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budget around $300 maximum for CPU+GPU cooling

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and maybe take out the GPU and give that sucker a good clean off of the dust bunnies. may also reduce fan noise.

It's brand new, bought it 2 month ago and i take care of it. Not a single dust there ! The fan is just noisy, and a lot of users are complainting about that on newegg :(  Guess it's the price to pay to have a good video card

and maybe take out the GPU and give that sucker a good clean off of the dust bunnies. may also reduce fan noise.
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March 27, 2012 2:08:51 AM

rubix_1011 said:
That doesn't look like a 212 to me...the one in that thread is fat and squatty (but likely would be a better candidate).

Watercooling definitely benefits video cards as it can easily drop the temps of a loaded GPU from 70-80C down to 40C or so at load. Low speed fans on a low FPI radiator would be quiet.

Sorry, was showing a shorter heatsink almost not fitting.

That was a Mini Ninja, NOT the regular one.

http://www.scythe-usa.com/product/cpu/032/scmnj1000_det...
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March 27, 2012 2:13:07 AM

$300 - well even if you chose the 1080 Mo-Ra3 rad and add gpu block, pump+tubing and what not, it'll go a lil over 400. but then again you'll need to do some homework.

how much power you pulling now?
http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp

pump will be the only thing sipping power from cpu + you're not overclocking...but that 2600K+Z68 combo tells me otherwise...
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March 27, 2012 2:25:40 AM

No i am not currently overclocking anything. I don't know how much power i am pulling... I just did a test, started COD MW3 and my UPS told me i was using 200 watts but that's hard to believe.... XFX tells me my graphic card can pull like 400 watts by itself

Last time i used those calculators i was told everytime that my PSU isn't enough to power everything i have so i dont know how accurate it is... My video card can pull a LOT of power but in real life situation it will probably never happen
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March 27, 2012 2:31:18 AM

That makes sense.

My power meter shows under 240 right now(SC2).

2600K @ 4.4
5870
2 hard drives and 2 SSD's
others stuff.

Has not passed 300 watts yet :) 

Your card does take more power then mind, but you are not overclocking so i am sure that helps.

Your card(6970 right?) should NOt take over 300(and that would extreme to even get to that point) on its own
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March 27, 2012 2:40:46 AM

Well if i use around 200 watts average, i guess the remaining 300 watts should be enough to power a water cooling system.

So i'll read the sticky and spend a couple of time googling products, and then come back here and post a new topic because i will probably have a few questions and need help picking the best system.

For now i'll go buy that Scythe Shrunken for my HTPC. Thanks a lot ! I wish i could give more than one "best answer" !
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March 27, 2012 2:42:10 AM

Best answer selected by ungovernable.
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March 27, 2012 3:09:17 AM

I want to make sure you know anything upto about 115 or so mm in height should fit. So you still have some options if you want to look at others.

Noctua NH-L12 - 93 mm
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=69195&vpn=NH-L12&manufact...

Coolermaster Vortex Plus - 84 mm
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=54656&vpn=RR-VTPS-28PK-R1...

Scythe Big Shuriken 2(i could never get one because it hit my video card) 58 mm can swap to a thicker quieter 120mm fan if needed. The first Shuriken takes a 100mm(or 92mm) fan
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=64483&vpn=SCBSK-2000&manu...

Shurkien - 64mm tall
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=38007&vpn=SCSK-1100&manuf...

And many more. NCIX just happens to be my choice, but you can find most of these at other stores with ease.
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