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Basically I'm trying to make the move from air to water as I've wanted to for years, but just have been afraid to due to noise. Even with gentle typhoons on my old H70, the sound it made drove me nuts. Now I'm running an FT02 to get as quiet with air as possible, and I'm extremely happy with my NH D14 on my cpu... but I want to put my GPU on water.

Being that I have an FT02, a terrible case for water, I'm looking for advice. Friends have tried pointing me in the right direction, but they don't know much either. Browsing forums is giving me too advanced information, as well as catering to people with other needs that don't match my own.

I need two things, my GPU cooled and silence. I've seen these big external rads with 3 fans on them, and that would just drive me nuts. I have 4 temp gauges in my FT02 and my temps range from 30-40C inside the case (although they are in terrible spots). I have room in my HDD bays in the front, under my DVD drive, as well as some room on the bottom under the D14 and PSU. I would go external if it could remain quiet as well.

Is there any chance of this happening? I really don't want to part with this case just to make this work, but at the same time I'd really like to get my GTX 680 on water at some point. Eventually, maybe I'll move to a new case, but I'd like this one to last as long as possible. It is so damn heavy I'd be afraid to try and sell it due to shipping, and I would get sick of fan noise in a new case I'm sure so it's a double edged sword.

Thanks for any info. I'll probably end up with a EVGA hydro block, and I have a thing for compression fittings but that is about it. If I do eventually make the move to a new case for this, then I'd probably put a CPU under too since, as I mentioned, I hate fans. But that would be a long way out.
Edited by Boyiee - 4/4/12 at 7:43pm
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With Great Heat comes Great Noise. I have a full gpu + cpu loop, with a 360 rad that has 3 fans on both sides, a GT pulling air in and onto the pump, a fan pulling air in and onto the hardrives, and one fan pulling air out the back from the chipset. it is not that bad. white noise to me
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Why not do a few minor mods, and put a 2x180 or 3x180 radiator in the bottom of your case, using the included fans? They'll be slightly louder against a radiator, but not significantly, and that's plenty of cooling power for both a CPU and a 680.
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post #4 of 32
The FT02 is not a terrible case for water! It may not be the best but it is certainly decent.

Check this thread out.

My former rig's here.

Everything's internal and you can probably get away with just using the 180mm fans if you are only cooling the GPU.
    
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Originally Posted by veblen View Post

The FT02 is not a terrible case for water! It may not be the best but it is certainly decent.
Check this thread out.
My former rig's here.
Everything's internal and you can probably get away with just using the 180mm fans if you are only cooling the GPU.

I actually had just finished browsing that thread. When I saw people keeping the FT02 case fans my eyes lit up. Here I thought I was going to have major space issues and such, using the case fans would be WONDERFUL. And if they'll be enough for just a 680 or two, that would be more than enough for me. Wouldn't even have to worry about the CPU as my NH-d14 is pretty quiet in there.

I'd have to find a new spot for my SSD's and HDD's though lol. Looking over the thread, a few stand out to me:

http://upic.me/i/58/img_8412.jpg He was able to keep one fan and the drive cages intact.
http://www5.picturepush.com/photo/a/6858098/1024/Anonymous/IMG-2856.jpg stands out the most. This is the setup I'd want as the cages are also intact and stock fans.

Several other builds remove the cage, which I could, I just need to make room for my 3HDD's. Would I be safe grabbing a Koolance res+pump combo? I hear mixed reviews about them, but it would probably be the most space efficient thing I could get. Most other options means I would maybe have to remove my NH-D14 and include the CPU in the loop.

Any part recommendations for a beginner? That thread alone raised my awareness and I definitely am going to want to go through with this now. I'm willing to spend a bit on this, I want it to be done right. I am really aiming for as close to cool and quiet as possible. Keeping it internal and using the case fans would be huge.
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I'm not familiar with which pump/res combo you mean, have a link to the specific one you were considering? As for radiator space, the 3x180 like your second link should easily handle 2x gtx680's, and likely would handle the CPU thrown in as well if you wanted to sell the D14. Of course it looks like he modded the hdd cage a bit, but it should be doable.

Alternatively, you could remove the 180mm fan underneath the hdd cage, and use the two stock fans at the rear on a 2x180mm rad, which should manage 2x680 still. Then drop a nice low-noise 120mm fan blowing up for hdd airflow, to give you enough room for the 2x180 rad in case it's too tight of a fit. That method wouldn't require modding the hdd cage, so might be easier if you're not comfortable with modding it. Though, looking at the first pic you linked, I think you could squeeze a 2x180mm rad where he has the 3x120, and keep the 180mm fan under the hdd's. You'd want to measure and check the dimensions on a 2x180mm rad to be sure.

(edit)
To put size into perspective, a 2x180mm radiator has more surface area than a 3x120, roughly 50% more. This means slower fans can provide the same amount of cooling, there's no need to have a 3x120 outside the case with high speed fans.
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I was able to fit a 2x180 rad into mine without modding the HDD cage. Fans are silent. Only thing i can hear in my system is my pump

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I was referring to something like this rad/pump: http://www.koolance.com/water-cooling/product_info.php?product_id=1153

Fake that setup is pretty much perfect, but what fans did you replace the stock ones with, they look lower.
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they are the stock fans, you have to take away the fan/dust mounts otherwise the rad hits the mobo tray. So my fans are just sitting on the bottom of the case and I just velcro'd the dust filters to the bottom of the case thumb.gif
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What pump/res/rad are you running? They seem to fit pretty well.
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