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Fractal design makes some 600 rpm and 39 cfm 140mm fans that are rated at about 9 Db so I'd look for those.
In that case, he should use XSPX RX360 or a HWLabs Sr1 and the result will be perfect.
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In that case, he should use XSPX RX360 or a HWLabs Sr1 and the result will be perfect.
I believe you can't get an RX280 or 420 so he's stuck with the SR-1 radiator.
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fan controller and temp sensors are true, i have one sensor in my res, when the water hits 55 celsius the fans crank from 30% to 70% automatically, and then back down once its cooled below 40
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post #24 of 41
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fan controller and temp sensors are true, i have one sensor in my res, when the water hits 55 celsius the fans crank from 30% to 70% automatically, and then back down once its cooled below 40
Really, my water never goes above 30'C with the ambient at 26'C. 55'c seems high for the water temperature? Do you mean your CPU at 55'C?
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post #25 of 41
Unles I am still deaf,you cannot hear the 655 pump.You can sometimes hear the water gurguling in the resivoir.
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post #26 of 41
Best you can do with watercooling is some very low speed fans, and a good amount of radiator. You can't ever match the best fanless/single fan system you can build with watercooling considering you need a pump as well. The benefit is though, that once you get past a certain performance threshold, air can no longer keep up... so comparably with high end systems and GPU's like the GTX580 you can't match on air what you can with water.

With a properly setup system like what took me a while to create, you can certainly hit 30dba and under under all load circumstances which is perfect. (NoiseBlocker Multiframe fans and LOTS of rad and a D5 pump are the way to go)
post #27 of 41
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You don't need fans- stop repeating this vicious slander.

My current system (in signature) runs a 5850 gpu, i7 920 @3ghz, and has no fans. I disabled the power supply fan and the rig has been stable for over a year now.

It has a custom heat sync on the northbridge, and best passive heat syncs money could buy for gpu and cpu in early 2010 (they were both around $70), with copper wiring connecting the cpu and gpu heat syncs to the aluminum case. In a 24 degree C room, temps peak (24hrs full load) at:
Computer case:43 degrees C
NB: 64 C
CPU: 53 C
GPU: 60 C

I'd like to know if it is possible to get similar performance from a water cooled system as I'd like to be able to overclock my processor more.
Why do you need a silent gaming computer? Noise doesnt metter that much.
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post #28 of 41
lol noise doesn't matter that much?? What? And obviously it does to him...
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First off all I would recommend a fanless powersupply, seasonic make some good ones.

SEASONIC X-SERIES FANLESS 460W PSU 80PLUS GOLD Is what I would recommend.
Yes, its only 460 watts - but its an EXTREMELY good quality PSU. I would happily run a gtx 580 on here, not with a full on overclock though.

Second of all you need too look into a good case. I would recommend a Fractal Design R3 - they have built this case with silence in mind. Extremely quiet, and noise dampening EVERYWHERE. It Has only 2x DVD drives though. best of all, they are cheap. I would replace the standard case fans with noctua ones.


You can run a 280mm radiator with this, which uses two 140mm fans (140mm fans are quiet than 120mm fans) You should use noctua p14 fans on this. I personally would take the rear fan on the case off, or just run it extremely slow - it will just take away air that could have gone through the radiator.

Lastly you should watercool your video card and your cpu, video cards make a lot of noise along with the cpu cooler. Using a decent watercooling setup with that radiator with 2x p14s should be adequate cooling, it should be enough too overclock a sandy bridge cpu as much as you need within safe voltages, and it will be better then stock cooling for the video card.

As for what pump too use, Im not sure, just google best quiet watercooling pump.

You should get a fan controller too, so you can control your fan speed. Most fans will push 80% of the air at 50% of the speed, running 50% quieter. (just rough estimations)

I would also run a SSD if you can afford it - hard drives can be very noisy - SSDs have silent operation.

I would love too build a pc like this and see how quiet it was!


It wont be DEAD silent, but its probably as silent as your going too get. If your doing audio work, then the video card wont be demanding much from the PSU so id be more then happy with a 460w.

Why dont you have a look in other studios and see what other people are using? Maybe your better off with integrated graphics. Your obviously not going too be gaming or benchmarking if its a audio studio computer, so you could even possibly look into a passive cpu air cooler. a HUGE one. Also the fractal f3 will look very proffesional in a studio.
Edited by jacobrjett - 7/29/11 at 8:59pm
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post #30 of 41
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jacobrjett- There is an Apple computer in here that has no fans and is <10db. I don't want an apple though. I use the computer for gaming during downtime, but also use it for audio recording. The audio recording is not demanding so the only reason to tweak this out is gaming.

I am a grandmaster starcraft 2 player and lose games because my fps drops to 5 or less during the key 1 second engagement in a battle (with the rig in my signature, all sc2 settings on medium or low). sc2 is one of the most demanding games today, but most benchmarks look at "average fps" which is disgustingly useless. I wish bench-marking sites would have a standard game to measure "minimum fps" on. I average a little above 70 fps.

A solid state drive is a given, every platter hard drive is above 10db. Thanks for the suggestions.
Edited by avaya - 8/3/11 at 9:12pm
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