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I am planning a build soon and i am wanting it to be whisper quiet so i am thinking of water cooling it. I am planning on the Lian Li V354B case and using a 200mm radiator in the front and a fan controller in the 5.25" drive bay. i was wondering if the 200mm fan would be able to cool an i5 and a GPU (say mid range about 300$). more than anything i am wanting a super quiet build. i do play a few games on the machine but nothing that will require something top of the line as far as graphics go. Also, what fans would be recommended? I am thinking maybe the Bitfenix or Xigamatek ones. Any help would be greatly recommended.
post #2 of 13
I have used this case for a watercooling build for a customer, but sadly we did not go the route you are planning on. He wanted to showcase the radiator, so we made a Mr-T Case... Used the radiator sort of like a Mohawk on the top of the case.

You should be fine with stock clocks on both. But much more will overpower that rad...
post #3 of 13
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Thanks. I like the minimalist look. I'm going for a blue and black theme. Thinking if an Msi board. Hopefully I can get a few more people to agree so I can move forward to see which products I want in particular. I know it's going to he an intel i5 processor but have not locked the the gpu.
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From what I had observed when doing the build, and on newegg. (Product http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112300)

You are going to have some issues fitting a rad up front... Well more than issues, its impossible without removing the drive cages, and the drive bay itself. The good news is however, if you do this you will have PLENTY OF ROOM thumb.gif

This will allow you to fit a XSPC RX240 in the front, thereby giving you enough cooling capacity. Plus, if you plumb it right, you can fit the res, pump, etc there as well.
post #5 of 13
Go for the Bitfenix Spectre Pros. Those fans push some serious air for how big they are and the look sexy as hell. wink.gif

EDIT: A 200mm WILL NOT fit in that case without heavy modification.
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Go for the Bitfenix Spectre Pros. Those fans push some serious air for how big they are and the look sexy as hell. wink.gif
EDIT: A 200mm WILL NOT fit in that case without heavy modification.

I have no personal experiance with the bitfenix spectre pro's so I'm not the best judge but that's what I was going to use for my water cooled rig this summer. I have read reviews and seen reviews on youtube (TTL) about the Noctua NF-F12 fans and they seem to have the best ratio of "quiet' and 'cfm' down to a science... if you don't want to showcase your build with LED's that's what I would go for personally.
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Go for the Bitfenix Spectre Pros. Those fans push some serious air for how big they are and the look sexy as hell. wink.gif
EDIT: A 200mm WILL NOT fit in that case without heavy modification.

I have no personal experiance with the bitfenix spectre pro's so I'm not the best judge but that's what I was going to use for my water cooled rig this summer. I have read reviews and seen reviews on youtube (TTL) about the Noctua NF-F12 fans and they seem to have the best ratio of "quiet' and 'cfm' down to a science... if you don't want to showcase your build with LED's that's what I would go for personally.

I took looks over performance when building my rig cause I never liked the color scheme Noctua chose.
     
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I am well aware of how much modding will be required. I will only be using a 256g SSD in this build so i will be removing the hard drive bays. I will be modding the case as well as getting it painted. I will also be painting the fans so the colors themselves do not matter that much.
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I took looks over performance when building my rig cause I never liked the color scheme Noctua chose.

I can understand that rational.
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There may be a chance that one 200 mm won't be enough to cool your GPU and CPU,

Your parts may be running warmer than usual, but would probably still beat stock coolers

But if that's the case, you could add a 120mm to your build if you could squeeze it in there some how

(By warmer than usual, I hoped to mean warmer than average water cooling temps )

But then again, it'll all depend on your usage and clock speeds or what not

One thing I've wondered is if it's possible to use 4 100 mm fans on a 200 mm rad ?
I feel like it'd be a little wobbly


It appears I have been proven wrong

My apologies redface.gif
Edited by Peopie - 4/4/12 at 9:37am
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