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Cooling Silverstone FT-02, water? air? DIY? Help!

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Hi, (new here) I'm starting my comp. build [first one woohoo] for a studio computer, and am having a hard time with the cooling situation. I'm stuck between air, all in one water, or DIY water. Being for a studio, quietness/noise is an important factor. CPU is 2600k i7, GPU is (undecided) GTX460, plan on overclocking (atleast 4.5ghz but really want 5ghz+ steady 24/7) and future SLI.

I've decided upon the Silverstone Ft-02 for a case as it is superior in noise, cooling and design to most all other cases I've seen (feel free to turn me on to new ideas). The hard part is water cooling the case for optimum efficiency. I see my options for cpu cooling as;

-high-end air - Noctua DH-14/Silver Arrow/etc.

-AIO water cooling - Corsair H80 (best that'll fit) replacing 120mm exhaust

-DIY cooling...haven't researched fully, but I've seen the XSPC Rasa kits and they seem decent - I was thinking of mounting the rad. externally (so as to use fresh air w/o throwing it in the case, being most efficient) on the back of the case in a vertical position w/ some modification for brackets and tubes to go through...I don't see a good place for the pump, but maybe it could fit under the PSU? I've also never done water cooling, but seen vids, and it doesn't seem too difficult, but definitely more involved...how is the maintenance? I was thinking of running the 3x120 rasa kit for just the CPU...but lacking knowledge of what's on the market I may want to get ''the all out best'' setup and run the whole case on water. How loud would an ext. rad. +fans be?

Sorry for the long post, but I really appreciate any help!
Edited by asdfdsa - 8/1/11 at 11:36pm
post #2 of 23
I haven't delved into water cooling yet, but I'd get a decent air cooler before you make any major decisions. A good set of fans will be fairly silent and honestly it's been the video cards I hear the most when my system is on.

I'm a sucker for the 800D and TJ07, but still like the RV02 and FT02 as well. I just couldn't deal with the 3 large fans at the bottom.

Edit: I believe the FT02 like my old RV02 are a little tricky to setup a DIY water cooling rig. I looked at the 650D as a nice balance between the size and cooling options.
Edited by virtualmadden - 8/1/11 at 11:46pm
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^ what I love about the ft-02 is the fans on bottom blowing up the 90degree mobo - ideal airflow. If only the ideal airflow could be coupled w/ ideal cooling (water?) I think it'd be one of if not the best setup.
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Edited by asdfdsa - 8/2/11 at 12:18am
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You can probably fit a H100 on the bottom 2 180mm fans with the included radiator adapters
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I noticed the FT-02 lists internal padding for reduction in noise, but does it actually do anything or is it just marketing? I thought the RV02-E would be better. It's got the newer fans too.
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Originally Posted by Triedge1991 View Post
You can probably fit a H100 on the bottom 2 180mm fans with the included radiator adapters
I thought of that, but then you're just blowing hot air into the case hoping to find a better solution...but on that note, do you think the h100 as intake would trump the h80 as exhaust?
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The FT-02 was made really for air cooling, not so much water. If you wanted to though, you could probably fit a H60/H70/H80 on top in the 120mm exhaust spot.
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I know someone on this forum did a build with the ft02 and fit a 360 rad on top of the bottom fans, so it is possible, but I think there was some small mods.

If you do want water, but don't want dive in too fast, get the h100 and just mount it on the bottom like Triedge said. That's your best bet for all in one water.
    
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I know someone on this forum did a build with the ft02 and fit a 360 rad on top of the bottom fans, so it is possible, but I think there was some small mods.

If you do want water, but don't want dive in too fast, get the h100 and just mount it on the bottom like Triedge said. That's your best bet for all in one water.
5ghz OC possible with h100 in 85 degree F ambient temp?
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