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Looking good! How are those painted fans? I've been afraid of trying that myself in case I make them imbalanced and heavy to stop spinning quietly.
   
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Looking good! How are those painted fans? I've been afraid of trying that myself in case I make them imbalanced and heavy to stop spinning quietly.

Well, I feel like someone other than me could have done a better job painting the fans. I don't know what 5 AP-15's sounds like unpainted, so unfortunately I don't have anything to compare it to. It's quiet, but not silent in there, so I'll have to do some investigating so see if the majority of the "noise" is coming from the fans or the pump or the PSU. I've got a power distribution block that the AP-15's are plugged into, so it will be easy to unplug one fan at a time and see where the noise (if you can call it that) is coming from. I'll be sure to update.
 
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If you can, I recommend upplugging all the fans in sections. Like all the front fans, or all the back fans... All the radiator fans. In theory, your PSU should be silent at low loads and quiet at moderate, so it's probably not the PSU. Either your graphics card or your case/radiator fans then. You can touch the fans on your gpu to silence them for a few seconds to compare. If it's your GTs, I'd keep turning them down until you are okay with the noise they make and then see if you are okay with resulting temperatures.
   
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If you can, I recommend upplugging all the fans in sections. Like all the front fans, or all the back fans... All the radiator fans. In theory, your PSU should be silent at low loads and quiet at moderate, so it's probably not the PSU. Either your graphics card or your case/radiator fans then. You can touch the fans on your gpu to silence them for a few seconds to compare. If it's your GTs, I'd keep turning them down until you are okay with the noise they make and then see if you are okay with resulting temperatures.

Thanks I will do that. The noise I am hearing is a clicky fan spinning noise. But I don't have GPU fans, so it's either the GT's or the pump biggrin.gif
 
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Thanks I will do that. The noise I am hearing is a clicky fan spinning noise. But I don't have GPU fans, so it's either the GT's or the pump biggrin.gif

Ah right, GPU water block. Well, some fans make a clicky sound depending on their orientation and RPM. It can be something like how close they are to other fans and how restricted the airflow they get is to make them slightly unbalanced. I'd see if the clicking remains at various RPM and try to isolate the clicking fan(s). My current rear exhaust fan sometimes clicks faintly (Phanteks 140mm at 700RPM - sometimes it does, and sometimes it doesn't), but no other fans have so far. Also, if you have any mobile mesh next to any fan (I don't know if you do), see that it's secure. In my old HAF 912 case, I had a 200mm Cooler Master LED fan as front intake, and it made faint cilcking sounds, which turned out to be the dust filtering mesh between the fan and front grill, vibrating back and forth and hitting the grill.
   
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Ah right, GPU water block. Well, some fans make a clicky sound depending on their orientation and RPM. It can be something like how close they are to other fans and how restricted the airflow they get is to make them slightly unbalanced. I'd see if the clicking remains at various RPM and try to isolate the clicking fan(s). My current rear exhaust fan sometimes clicks faintly (Phanteks 140mm at 700RPM - sometimes it does, and sometimes it doesn't), but no other fans have so far. Also, if you have any mobile mesh next to any fan (I don't know if you do), see that it's secure. In my old HAF 912 case, I had a 200mm Cooler Master LED fan as front intake, and it made faint cilcking sounds, which turned out to be the dust filtering mesh between the fan and front grill, vibrating back and forth and hitting the grill.

OK cool, I'll check that as well. Unfortunately I don't have a fan controller, so I'm stuck with default RPMs. But I can still isolate and check for vibrations and rubbing on the grills/mesh.
 
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OK cool, I'll check that as well. Unfortunately I don't have a fan controller, so I'm stuck with default RPMs. But I can still isolate and check for vibrations and rubbing on the grills/mesh.

Go through your motherboard BIOS. We're using the same MB, and I played with mine a fair amount. For any fans controlled through your MB, go to the fan control section and set the CPU target temperature to like 65C and fan level to level 1. Save and reboot and listen. If you can't hear anything, keep hitting Delete to enter BIOS again. There, change fan level to 2, save, reboot, listen, repeat until you get to the level that you consider uncomfortably audible or start hearing clicking or sounds you don't like (some fans sound bad and whiny at high RPM or have a rumbling hum, but pleasantly quiet at low). But unplugging/stopping fans in sections definitely helps in general.
   
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Other things to look at...( I know, simplistic things, but in my experience, it's usually the stupid things I overlook that cause problems...) make sure there isn't anything touching the fan blades, does it make the noise with the side panels off (they have a tendency to be a little loose,) also, look at the front fan in push on the front rad to see if it is clipping the mesh...

As far as testing individually...just unplug each one, one at a time...when the clicking goes away, you've found your problem fan...not running one fan at a time isn't going to cause any damage...
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Other things to look at...( I know, simplistic things, but in my experience, it's usually the stupid things I overlook that cause problems...) make sure there isn't anything touching the fan blades, does it make the noise with the side panels off (they have a tendency to be a little loose,) also, look at the front fan in push on the front rad to see if it is clipping the mesh...
As far as testing individually...just unplug each one, one at a time...when the clicking goes away, you've found your problem fan...not running one fan at a time isn't going to cause any damage...

OK I just got home and found the problem fan. It's the pull fan on the 120 front rad. The one on the innermost side of the case. I unplugged it and noise went away. Plugged it back in and I hear it. But I'm not sure how it could be causing the noise? It doesn't seem to be rubbing, because I can spin the blades freely with my hands. confused.gif

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OK I just got home and found the problem fan. It's the pull fan on the 120 front rad. The one on the innermost side of the case. I unplugged it and noise went away. Plugged it back in and I hear it. But I'm not sure how it could be causing the noise? It doesn't seem to be rubbing, because I can spin the blades freely with my hands. confused.gif
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It could be an internal motor problem. Just because you can spin it freely doesn't mean there's no apparent problem.
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