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Noise levels?

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Hello

I plan to build a new system and considering between something like Noctua NH-D14 and water cooling.

What are the usual noise levels for 2011 water cooling systems? Is it better than air coolers that are designed to be super quiet?

Something like Hydro Series H80 or anything?

What are the advantages of water cooling if noise reduction is not one of them? Is it just temp reduction?
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temp reduction and overclocking potential are the reasons most go wc their systems.

a unit like the h80 will perform as quiet as the fan you put on it essentially, since the pumps on those things are barely audible anyway. the stock fans are very quiet anyway, but you could try a fan like the enermax magma or gelid wings that dont really offer the best cooling potential, but are very quiet fans and are great when used with fan controllers to lower the levels further. just keep a goid eye on your temps tho if your fans are barely spinning
    
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Those small WC sets are... small smile.gif You dont have to mount a star destroyer on your CPU, therefore they fit into small cases too. Also better airflow. And you can move the rad wherever you want, even outside, so the heat is removed from the case.

The downside is, you have to be able to push air trough the rads fins. You need a good fan there, and airflow always comes with some noise. So maybe, a bit louder, than those huge 140mm fans on the D14, but nothing like the FOP32 era back then wink.gif And efficiency will be about the same.
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