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Hello,

I have done SOME overclocking on my old Athlon 5200+, even got a Scythe Mugen 2 for that smile.gif
But to be fair, I'm a noob to overclocking, and an absolute infant to water cooling.

So here's the deal - I'm getting a new rig (more details further down) and I'm thinking of overclocking it, for the fun of it, the performance and for that great feeling you get when you get more than what you pay for.
The problem is that I live on a very quiet street and my computer is right next to my bed, so i need it as quiet as possible. AFAIK, water cooling is the way to go for silence and stability.
I also don't want any bottlenecks, which is why I think I should be overclocking everything, or at least whatever I need to prevent bottlenecks.

My new PC:

Gigabyte z77-D3H mobo
Intel i5 3570k CPU
Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB graphics card (not the OC or GHZ version)
Corsair 2x4GB DDR3 1600Mhz Vengeance Blue LP Edition RAM
Crucial m4 128GB 2.5'' SSD
Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB HDD
Antec One case with stock fans
I have also ordered an Antec Kuhler H2O 920 water cooler for my CPU, but I will probably have to replace it during the build

Like I said, I know nothing about water cooling, so I need some help here - what should I get to get it done? Has anyone done this on a similar setup? I'm not looking for something extreme, but rather cost effective. I don't need world records broken, just looking to have some fun.
post #2 of 7
Honestly, I think you answer your own question. You're looking to overclock, but keep things quiet. Watercooling isn't for everyone, this much I am sure of. It will require you to spend upwards of $400 to get parts that will last a long time.

It is very possible to overclock utilizing air cooling with some well thought out purchases. You will be looking for the quietest fans which you will then further quiet down with a fan controller.

For this I would purchase some Gentle Typhoon AP-15's.

Fan Controller: Lamptron FC8

Also, I would look at a nice sized Main Heatsink for your Processor. I believe the Noctua NH-D14 would serve this purpose quite well.

Lastly, I would replace the Thermal Interfacing Material under your Video Card's Heatsink. I've found that OEM's tend to goop the stuff on, which hurts temperatures. This is if you have This Card. If you have an older reference card with the batmobileish heatsink design, you will likely be best served with a new solution.

If you were to do this, I believe that you could silent your PC down anytime you wanted to with the fan controller.
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Originally Posted by Matt*S. View Post

Honestly, I think you answer your own question. You're looking to overclock, but keep things quiet. Watercooling isn't for everyone, this much I am sure of. It will require you to spend upwards of $400 to get parts that will last a long time.
It is very possible to overclock utilizing air cooling with some well thought out purchases. You will be looking for the quietest fans which you will then further quiet down with a fan controller.
For this I would purchase some Gentle Typhoon AP-15's.
Fan Controller: Lamptron FC8
Also, I would look at a nice sized Main Heatsink for your Processor. I believe the Noctua NH-D14 would serve this purpose quite well.
Lastly, I would replace the Thermal Interfacing Material under your Video Card's Heatsink. I've found that OEM's tend to goop the stuff on, which hurts temperatures. This is if you have This Card. If you have an older reference card with the batmobileish heatsink design, you will likely be best served with a new solution.
If you were to do this, I believe that you could silent your PC down anytime you wanted to with the fan controller.

Thanks for the info, but:

1. I want to stick with water cooling - this is what this post is about. If I decide it's too pricy/not worth the effort, we can talk about air cooling (which I am more familiar with).
2. I don't want anything to be manually controlled. I was planning to make some automated profiles for the cooling, not a manual fan controller. I like the idea of everything simply working without intervention.

I will however consider the fans you've suggested for my case smile.gif
post #4 of 7
get the corsair h series for the gpu and cpu and some gt15s or noctua nf-p12s (akasa apache fans are similar to noctuas)
cheeper than a full loop and no maintanance required.

i do have to ask whats living on a quiet street got to do with the noise of your pc unless your neibours sit hugging the walls for the slightest noise i can understand with it being by your bed.
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get the corsair h series for the gpu and cpu and some gt15s or noctua nf-p12s (akasa apache fans are similar to noctuas)
cheeper than a full loop and no maintanance required.
i do have to ask whats living on a quiet street got to do with the noise of your pc unless your neibours sit hugging the walls for the slightest noise i can understand with it being by your bed.

how can i use the H series on my GPU?
as for your question - it's very quiet at night and the only noise i get is my PC, which is annoying me and my gf rolleyes.gif
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Radiator, go with an XSPC RX360 or the new EX360, fans AP-15's; this is what I am currently running and the only noise I get with the fans set to 1200 RPM is my old D4 water pump and my HDDs when they spin up (OS is on an SSD) for a pump here is a link to Sidewinder's comparison chart, it is a good starting point Side winder pump chart
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Radiator, go with an XSPC RX360 or the new EX360, fans AP-15's; this is what I am currently running and the only noise I get with the fans set to 1200 RPM is my old D4 water pump and my HDDs when they spin up (OS is on an SSD) for a pump here is a link to Sidewinder's comparison chart, it is a good starting point Side winder pump chart

This.

I'd just go with a good XSPC Raystorm kit. Everything except distilled water is in it, and it costs $280 for the upgraded version with the D5 pump. I just installed one in my i7-2700K folding rig and I'm sitting in the upper 60s after pushing that 3.5GHz chip to 4.8GHz.

It comes with 3 XSPC 1650RPM fans (which is all I'm using for now) and for $27 more, you can get another 3 and get even better cooling in a "push/pull" configuration ... or you can spend about $90-105 more dollars and go with some seriously good and quiet fans (although, I will say, the stock ones with this kit aren't all that loud).

XSPC Raystorm EX360 Universal CPU Water Cooling Kit w/ D5 Variant Pump Included and Free Kill Coil!



It goes together so easy, even a n00b can set one up.





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