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Would this be a good fast, cool, and quiet Tri-CF air-cooled solution?

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I was thinking that using three Sapphire Toxic HD 6950s in Tri-CF in a Silverstone FT02 case would make a good fast, cool, and quiet gaming rig. According to this article, the Sapphire Toxic (which is factory overclocked) is quiet (link) and runs relatively cool (link). The article also says that the card's cooler vents hot air out of the case, which is a good thing.

The Silverstone FT02 is known for having a great noise/cooling level ratio and this is probably because it's vertical design and big bottom mounted fans allow it to push air out of the case with no obstruction to block air flow.

I was thinking that such a rig could have the CPU cooled with a Corsair H100, and therefore would have the benefit of a closed-loop CPU water cooler and air-cooling for everything else in the system.

BTW, the reason I am thinking about an AMD graphics solution rather than Nvidia is because AMD 6000 series graphics cards have MLAA.

Would such a build be fast, cool, and quiet?

Opinions?

Thanks.
Edited by Viper2 - 8/14/11 at 8:42pm
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The only thing I would change is the Corsair H100 as you may have a hard time finding a spot to mount it if you want to keep the awesome 180mm Air Penetrator fans on the bottom. If you really want a Corsair H series kit, the H80 is your next best option. Or else stick with a tried and true NH-D14 or Silver Arrow air cooler.
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Originally Posted by Farmer Boe View Post
The only thing I would change is the Corsair H100 as you may have a hard time finding a spot to mount it if you want to keep the awesome 180mm Air Penetrator fans on the bottom. If you really want a Corsair H series kit, the H80 is your next best option. Or else stick with a tried and true NH-D14 or Silver Arrow air cooler.
But could the NH-D14's weight actually damage the motherboard? Or is it totally safe to use with no risks whatsoever? Is there any advantage whatsoever of using an H80 instead of a NH-D14 (other than cost)?
post #4 of 6
The backplate distributes the weight pretty evenly. The D14's weight is blown out of proportion, it's not a brick.

Other then that, it's a good build. Toxic cards always run cooler, and are very quiet. I can't hear my 4850's Vapor-X cooler till it hits 60%; but I can game without breaking 60C at 40%. good choice of cards.
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I just noticed that the SAPPHIRE 100311-2SR Radeon HD 6970 (link) seems to have the same cooler on it as the Sapphire Toxic HD 6950, and the 100311-2SR is probably slightly faster. I would assume that thermals and acoustics are nearly identical between these two cards. So I guess the 100311-2SR is the better card.
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Noctua NHD14 for this one definitely.

For the H100 an external radiator mount is required sadly.
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