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So, i upgraded my HTPC a little bit over the last week (no more single core!)

I'm running some asus board with a phenom 9600 oc'ed to 2.5 (just multiplier) with 2 X 2gb ddr 800 ocz platinum, a HD5670, a liquid cooling system (hacked together with thermalcake pump and swiftech liquid air heat exchanger) in an old atx case i had (with water cooling pipes hanging out the front of it). Powered by OCZ 650w psu.


I'm trying to make this build as quiet as possible. I still have one tiny CPU fan wired up to the heat exchanger as i'm not comfortable running it completely passive yet (only other fan is in the PSU).


Any recommendations? Am i going to be ok for heat not running a fan? I didn't o/c the FSB because i'm trying to keep mobo heat down (no fans). CPU is idling in the 20's, can run it at 100% for more than 15 mins without breaking mid 40's.

This was (obviously) a budget build, whole thing with 4-5tb storage ran me under 500$.
post #2 of 3
na man, you'll fry the thing.
keep the fan and i'd would personally get another for the MoBo.
they have extremely quiet fans out there if noise is the issue.
post #3 of 3
running it completely passive is always dangerous, but it has been done. One thing I might would do is get some noiseblocker fans (pretty durn quiet) with a fan controller. This way you can keep it silent until it gets hot, then turn on some quiet fans to cool it off. Also, the bigger the fan the better - more CFM for less noise.

And to be honest, I bet those harddrives make more noise than some of the quiet fans out there. Also you may want to check out this and this.
Edited by theAlexandria - 8/8/11 at 10:53am
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II 1100t MSI 990FXA-GD80 MSI HD 6950 Twin Frozr II (4) 4GB G.SKILL Ripjaws 1600 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Samsung 64GB SSD + WD 2TB 5400 + WD 1TB 7200 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (2) Acer 23" LCD Backlit LED Rosewill 700W 
Case
Lian-Li Lancool k63 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II 1100t MSI 990FXA-GD80 MSI HD 6950 Twin Frozr II (4) 4GB G.SKILL Ripjaws 1600 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Samsung 64GB SSD + WD 2TB 5400 + WD 1TB 7200 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (2) Acer 23" LCD Backlit LED Rosewill 700W 
Case
Lian-Li Lancool k63 
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