Originally Posted by Lovidore
A few questions. They might have been answered but I was too busy resisting the urge to make sweet love to myself from all your case glamour shots.
1) Why did you opt for EX rads as opposed to RX rads? Given your huge case, you have more than ample headroom for 60mm rads with p/p.
2) How do these fans fair with loudness? Silent? Acceptable? Please elaborate.
3) What kind of temps are we are you getting?
Thanks and I love the color-scheme!
1) Reason why I opted to have the EX rather then RX is the fact that I have already had some of the Rad's from another build that I was going to start. That was prior to getting the case lab case.
Rather then buy ALL new Rad's I just had to buy 1 more EX480 and just for the cosmetic reason to keep them all the same. With the Airflow and size of the case the performance was going to be very close within a few degrees and I couldn't justify the cost of replacing them all. Somewhere down the line I am looking to upgrade them all to the Thermachill Rads. But for now I haven't had any issues with temps yet and performance of the EX series have been good so far.
2)I love these sickle flow fans by Cooler master. They are great at high speeds and low speeds. At full speed the fans are audio, but not to the point its not acceptable. However these fans give ample flow (highest setting at 70cfm) even at the lowest settings (which is what I have them on). with 18 fans installed it keeps everything moving. At the lowest setting its almost silent. Sometimes its so quiet I can't even hear my computer. I actually hear my 1TB WD HD working instead. Only thing with these fans is that they are not PWM controlled. So a fan controller is a must if you want to control them. I was going to put my Rad in push/pull. However doing that would double my fan count (=more noise) and its not needed IMO. If I need to keeps things cooler I can turn them up. However I leave it ALL at the lowest setting and keeps my office nice and quiet and I still get the performance I am looking for.
3)As of right now I am at stock clock speeds on this chip. I haven't had time to OC yet.. But when I ran Prime for 8 hours to test stability the max temps I hit so far is 50c. During Heaven 3.0 GPU bench test max temp was 48c at 5760x1080 resolution with all settings at high and extreme. I have not seen my temps spike any higher at this point. But again. I haven't OC or mess with any of my voltages yet. Once I have some time I am going to work on that and get some screen shots up. Don't forget, I am achieve those temps with my fans also at the lowest setting which is 600RPM. I think if I turned them up a little but I can get better temps.
Thanks again for the compliments everyone! Took me a few months putting this together. I had to work on it little bit at a time.. Allot of the parts come from my old build like the PSU. GPU and other misc stuff. The newest stuff is the MB, CHIP, Ram, SSD and case...
And yea, I agree with you all. This MB looks like ITX MB in this case. I have so much room in this case I can add a second system in it and still have room.
My other goal with this rig was to build a silent watercooling rig that can OC and have good performance which keeping temps down. which is also another reason why I choose the hardware I have.Edited by solara2xb - 5/17/12 at 9:49am