Originally Posted by Cheaptrick
OK guys, let's clear things out. I want to know how loud it is when gaming. I can reduce my fan speed to the lowest setting to keep it quiet. So I don't really wanna know how quiet your rigs are when idle or not gaming. There's people running 16 or more 1,600 rpm fans & often discribe their fans as quiet or they can barely hear it at all. I run silent fans - (6) the most. Even those marked as silent fans like CM Excalibur (I got 3) which runs slower than the Corsair fans I'm using is not quiet at all (it's loud, even louder than Corsair fans). What's is silent seems a very subjective experience. If any of you can provide me an exact sound level (as measured using a sound meter) a foot away from the pc I'll appreciate it.
Mines the same at gaming and idle, I don't bother changing the fan speeds. My loudest component is the pump, I may turn it down to 3 see if that's better. I wouldn't say my rig is loud however its not what I would consider silent, however its far from intrusive. When I'm gaming all I hear is my game, and my gf, sometimes in the next room whilst i'm gaming, can't hear my rig so its all good. I run two 1650RPM fans, 6 1200RPM fans and 4 Spectre Pros. The spectres in my opinion are the loudest when turned up.
Tbh I think you should forget people saying how silent there rigs are with X fans, its all subjective. Not to mention some people will just BS about it, as sad as that is. As far as I know theres no silent high RPM fans out there. If you want good temps and quiet fans you need to change your rads, ones that are tuned for low RPM fans such as the RX series of XSPC and preferably bigger ones. You aren't going to get slow quiet RPM fans for your two small rads and keep temps down.