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One of my main purpose (besides lower temps) in going water cooling is minimal noise. I tried putting silents fans but those fans (at 1,200 rpm max) can't keep up with the heat below 60 c when gaming (with 2 EVGA GTX 680 SC on SLI). I finally able to keep the temp around the mid 50s c when gaming with the new fans (Corsair Air series) that I've installed. The thing is those new fans at 2,350 rpm are quiet loud. I measured the sound on my sound meter pointed a feet away from my rig at 56 dBA. Is this very loud or just typical for a water cooling rig?
Edited by Cheaptrick - 9/22/12 at 6:22am
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Only you can decide what is loud. Decibels are only part of the story. The pitch of the sound has a differing effect for different folks as well.

If you like what you have, go with it. If you do not, start reading and experimenting, keeping in mind that what one person likes may not sound good to you.
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post #3 of 57
Mine is pretty silent. Though I do use a fan controller to take the edge off. Only time I need to turn the fans up is doing crazy benchmarks or stuff to submit for HWBOT. Depending on what rad you get . You then have to match up fans for that rad. What is loud to me might be medium to you. Are you going to get a sealed loop or a custom loop? Here is a DB chart for you to look at. Thanks

http://www.gcaudio.com/resources/howtos/loudness.html
Edited by KILLER_K - 9/22/12 at 6:52am
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Mine is actually pretty loud.. but like you, i tried putting some silent fans on there, but they just weren't moving any air or dissipating any heat, so I made the sacrifice of noise for performance.. i ignore it most of the time though
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If you add target shooting with magnum handguns to your hobby list (without ear protection,which we all know is for wimps) you have the benefit of not having to care how loud your loop is. Really what I am getting at is it all depends on your hearing sensitivity
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Only you can decide what is loud. Decibels are only part of the story. The pitch of the sound has a differing effect for different folks as well.
If you like what you have, go with it. If you do not, start reading and experimenting, keeping in mind that what one person likes may not sound good to you.

A fan is fan (I don't think pitch matters here as fan sound have the same pitch). It's not crackling, grinding, etc. Unless it's broken then there's a change in pitch. But the fans are not broken. I just thing it's loud when gaming. What I wanna know is how loud other rigs so I can compair.
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That is just below a normal conversation threshold.
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external 9*140 radiator with fans at 400~800 rpm (Aquaero controlled depending on water-ambient temperature delta)

two Aquastream pumps at 55 hz (pretty much their lowest possible speed)

only 1 (quiet Noiseblocker) intake fan (everything but the RAM watercooled) behind a isolated front door

Raid-0 SSD setup, regular HDDs spindown on idle

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I usually use a fan controller and fan xpert on asus boards to vary the noise output with temp. Also, I just received some gentle typhoons in the mail yesterday, and they are extremely quiet at their full 1850 RPM speed, yet have the same airflow as my previous scythe slipstream 1900 RPMs (rated above 100CFM) on a radiator.
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Depending on what rad you get . You then have to match up fans fort hat rad. What is loud to me might be medium to you. Are you going to get a sealed loop or a custom loop?

I have a custom loop. Actually I have extremely small rads for a typical water cooling set up. Some people might thing it's impossible to cool (2) GTX 680 SC on SLI an a Core i7 2600K CPU with just a thin 120 mm & a thick 120 mm rads but I managed to cool mine. I tested & tested it (Medal of Honor 2010 gaming for about 2 hours at extreme settings) & I was able to keep the temps on both GPU & CPU at a much cooler range. The thing is I have to run my fans at the max.




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