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ok im using a CM Hyper TX3 to cool my I3 and under load i get temps of 35-40C the cooler itself is cool to the touch

could i use the TX3 to cool my I3 without a fan with

using the stock cooler i got temps of 70C + under load my case has good air flow

im working on making my rig quieter so i can run it 24/7

my case has 3 fixed case fans 1 front 120mm led & 1 side 80mm led fan & 1 rear 80mm led fan rear fan can be ether 80 or 90mm

i also have two 90mm fans in the HDD bay that are held in place with zip ties that i need to remove due to no longer using sli
they were used to help cool air flow for the second card

If i cant use it for passive cooling could any one recommend a cheap self contained water cooler for the CPU
and i may look into getting / making a self contained loop for my GPU

if i go water cooling i dont want a custom loop even though they look cool
i want to be able to pull my GPU or CPU without having to drain the system

just some temp`s to help decide what to use

CPU - I3 2100
idle 20-25c load 35-40C
GPU - GTX 260 55nm
average over my coverclock settings
idle 30-40c load 60-75c

i know i could get a very large passive cooler for my GTX 260 that would be much cheaper than buying a WC block for it
post #2 of 9
Have u tried just removing the fans from ur heatsink? Your cpu wont explode if u do and even if its temps climb to 90+ degrees the chip will just log and thermal lock the cores of the cpu so u wont damage it. (This is how some liquid metal tims work).

As for watercooling, you still use fans to blow through a radiator wether its a custome loop or a fully sealed one ( like the h series from corsair).

Sealed loop gpu coolers are tough to come by but there are a few threads on doing a custome sealed loop (using a h100 plus waterblock)

If i were you and strickly worried about noise, just get the lowest db fans you can find, your setup doesnt produce much heat even under full load (relative to other cpus)
     
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Btw, depending on ur mobo, removing the fan from the cpu pwm socket may not let you boot...PITA i know....
     
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thanks i will do some tests and post back the results
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Most of the noise actually comes from your case fans. Most 80mm fans are very loud, I'd try removing those and see if there is any difference, and if there is one, than find some quiet 80mm fans for a replacement.
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The best idea is get the largest heatsink you can, and put large, slow fans on it. for the 260 there are coolers like this:

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=31470

Which are awesome coolers, and pretty dang quiet.
But yes, you can always try to stop the fan and watch temps, it will take a few seconds before they rise at all.

As for not having a fan on the CPU fan header, you can always go into the BIOS and tell it to ignore that fan, which will let it boot without errors (since its not monitoring that spot).
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well i just ran 3 runs of IBT and temps hit around 40-45c the CPU fan is now mounted on were the 80mm rear case fan was blowing air over the cpu cooler @ 1500RPM

i removed my ridiculously noisy 90mm case fans only fan thats now really noisy when running 100% is my GTX 260

i have just started my F@H client and all i hear is the sound of my GTX 260 slowly ramping up its fan
post #8 of 9
for the gtx, either get an aftermarket cooler with quieter fans or if its not getting to toasty, adjust the fan settings and set it to a speed your ears are happier with
     
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post #9 of 9
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ok been folding now so 100% cpu usage for 1 hour & 40 minutes and temps are stable @ 43C
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