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Okay guys.

Boy choosing which Rad for my setup has become the most challenging thing for me to decide.

I need some expert advice!

I am cooling everything i want to cool the chipset the cpu and the gpu's

My question is this:

What are the noise levels of the fans like at high speeds? i know that the higher the fan speeds the better performance. also How many Rads will i need for my setup to be most efficient?

I would prefer quiet, but how anoying or tolerable are they for real.

for example. The GTX 560 rad.
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The best way of knowing what the nose level will actually be like (and what is an acceptable level of noise for you) is to watch some of Martin's videos, such as those here. He has a ton of videos and testing that are really useful.
 
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It depends how big of a radiator your case can hold, or actually what you're willing to mod in your case to make a giant radiator fit.

Something like a Swiftech MCR320 is enough to cool a GPU, CPU, and chipsets, so long as you have a good pump and decent fans. Everything might be a little on the warm side, so something like 2x MCR220's or an MCR320 + MCR220 would be more than enough, even for 2x GPU's.

If you have the space, an MCR420 would be perfect.

As for fans, I can't tolerate loud fans. I have 6x AP-15's turned down to about 1500 RPM which is still a little loud for me, but it doesn't hurt radiator performance that much compared to ~1800 RPM, unless you have a radiator with a lot of fins per inch.

Basically, don't buy the most expensive radiators you can find, they typically don't perform better. XSPC RX's and Black Ice SR1's are some of the best rads, but for the price, they aren't any better (1C at most) than the THINNER Swiftech MCR's, and MCR's are cheaper.
    
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Okay guys.

Boy choosing which Rad for my setup has become the most challenging thing for me to decide.

I need some expert advice!

I am cooling everything i want to cool the chipset the cpu and the gpu's

My question is this:

What are the noise levels of the fans like at high speeds? i know that the higher the fan speeds the better performance. also How many Rads will i need for my setup to be most efficient?

I would prefer quiet, but how anoying or tolerable are they for real.

for example. The GTX 560 rad.
If you want something thats quiet then you should go for a rad with low fin density such as the RX series from XSPC, you can use lower rpm fans with the RX and still achieve great results. If you go in push/pull you could have the fans almost inaudible.
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RX 360 + RX 240...and GELID fans...profit?
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RX rads plus gentle typhoon ap-15 fans
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The best way of knowing what the nose level will actually be like (and what is an acceptable level of noise for you) is to watch some of Martin's videos, such as those here. He has a ton of videos and testing that are really useful.
thank you so much for that link!

I just finished watching all of it.

Please tell me which one you think is the quietest fan that gives the best performance

also were all those fans 140mm?
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I dunno about other people... but I have an RX360, with three 1350RPM fans - they're Akasa Apaches, so very quiet - and at 12V they're far too loud. Even at 7V they're too loud for me. I just ordered a Nova 1080 from Specialtech. I'll be running it fanless. That'd be my recommendation.
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Originally Posted by andrewmchugh View Post
If you want something thats quiet then you should go for a rad with low fin density such as the RX series from XSPC, you can use lower rpm fans with the RX and still achieve great results. If you go in push/pull you could have the fans almost inaudible.
Nice pics!

this is exactly what i was looking for Pics of my current Case.

It seems however that this case is not the best for Watercooling.

Question:
Is it better to have plenty of ventilation in my case as the Antec 1200 does, or is it better to have a more sealed off case? Also is it really necessary for me to reverse the Big boy fan up on top? i really dont want to have to do that but looking at what im trying to cool, do you think i will have to?
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Originally Posted by Worple View Post
RX rads plus gentle typhoon ap-15 fans
Cool!

do you honestly think those fans are the quietest?

Are they 120mm or 140mm?
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