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post #1 of 11
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Hi all,

I bought a Swiftech MCP350 from Maverick a month or two ago however due to the loud buzzing noise (I assume because of the electrics or something), I'm looking to get a quieter one.

I did own a MCP350 before the one I have now that was pretty quiet, however it still had an audible hum. Unfortunately it died out.

Now, I have two options:

A) Get another MCP350 or a 35X (will the 35X fit in my current XSPC Bay Reservoir?)
B) Get a completely different pump and a different reservoir.

I can afford either and I'm willing to put in the time to change my water cooling system a little if it's going to mean a quieter PC. The noise at the moment is simply too loud.

What would be the best option to go with? Bearing in mind that I want performance but at the same time quietness?

What would you do?
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post #2 of 11
How about a MCP655 with a nice aftermarket top ?

Edit:

This is how i made my decision! I wanted the D5/MCP655 but couldn't decide on an aftermarket top

Click Me!

I ended up going for the Koolance PMP-450 12V Variable Speed Pump & the Koolance COV-RP450 top.
Edited by gumbie - 10/4/11 at 12:29am
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How about an EK DCP 4.0?
   
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post #4 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by asuperpower View Post
How about an EK DCP 4.0?
I didn't even know they existed. How do they perform compared to the MCP655's? And what's the sound from them like, does anyone know?

Quote:
Originally Posted by gumbie
How about a MCP655 with a nice aftermarket top ?
Yeah I did consider this. What would be the best top to go with? Maybe I could attach a reservoir to the top of it for cool looks?
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Check my top post, I edited it for you.
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XSPC res's are excellent. If in doubt, add another one to your loop.
   
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Originally Posted by jNSK View Post
I didn't even know they existed. How do they perform compared to the MCP655's? And what's the sound from them like, does anyone know?
I have no idea. I don't even know what pump to buy myself. I just chose an EK DCP 4.0. I little like plug and pray... I don't know why but I've never been able to trust swiftech. They are supposed to be quite quiet and powerful.
   
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I will later this month or so, get 4 MCP350 pumps from Maverick. So then I can know how those pumps sound like.

PMP-450, which has a tach wire also, is a great pump, on the speed setting I have it now, it is really quiet. When I sleep, my head is about 3 yards away from the computer. When I set the fan speed on almost inaudible, I can't really distinguish the pump out from the fans (which is 3 140mm, 3 120mm).

And where I live, it's extremely quiet, and I'm super sound sensitive.
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I will later this month or so, get 4 MCP350 pumps from Maverick. So then I can know how those pumps sound like.

PMP-450, which has a tach wire also, is a great pump, on the speed setting I have it now, it is really quiet. When I sleep, my head is about 3 yards away from the computer. When I set the fan speed on almost inaudible, I can't really distinguish the pump out from the fans (which is 3 140mm, 3 120mm).

And where I live, it's extremely quiet, and I'm super sound sensitive.
I don't know if it's a one-off, but the 350 I got from Maverick is ridiculously loud. It's not the noise of the motor, it's a very loud buzzing noise.
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I've got a couple of the EK DCP 4.0 type pumps (one's a Phobya) and they're quite noisy at 12v even fully decoupled. They're extremely quiet at 5v (they're supposed to need 8v) but may not provide enough flow for anything other than a simple loop.

I really like the 35X and have both of mine on the Swiftech heatsinks but decoupled and resting on noise deadening foam. Using PWM mine are very quiet up to about 40% speed but over 50% you can hear them buzzing but not especially annoyingly and that increases until they reach their full rated speed at about 60%. I have mine set to run at 20% until the CPU temps hit around 50ºC then the PWM ramps them up to 50% which gives sufficient flow rate.

I also have a couple of 655s with EK tops and don't find them silent at full speed as I can hear them whine but at setting 2 and below they're extremely quiet. The disadvantage with them is if they're mounted in an inaccessible place it's difficult to adjust the speed.
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