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First time water cooling, how is this setup?

post #1 of 6
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Current setup:

Case: Thermaltake GT 10
MB: Asus z77 Sabertooth
CPU: i7 3770k @ 4.6ghz
GPU: EVGA GTX 680 SC Signature
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16gb
Heatsink: Thermaltake OCK Frio
PSU: Thermaltake 750w

Used mostly for gaming, but i do enjoy pushing my overclock just for the sake of doing it.

Heres my issue, i want a quiet system, and my current setup i just too loud for my taste. When my Frio is at full tilt its just way too loud, and i really dont like that fact that it needs to be manually adjusted (i thought i would at first, but its just a hassle). The EVGA 680 fan is loud as well.

So I want to created a open loop for both the GPU and CPU. Parts below:

XSPC GPU and CPU water blocks
XSPC 240mm radiator + XSPC 120mm Radiator
Koolance RP-985 Res + Pump (http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=67170&vpn=RP-985&manufacture=Koolance&promoid=1198)
Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC Fans x 3
Some blue 1/2 hose, fittings, distilled water with appropriate treatment ect

Questions
1) Im wondering if the 240mm + 120mm makes sense. The reason im doing it this way is because my case is already to set up to fit a 240mm rad, but ive heard that not enough (rules of 120mm per block + 1 120mm). There is also an area at the bottom of the case where i can fit a 120mm rad. I feel this setup would be less of a hassle then trying to fit a 360mm rad (i dont want to mod my case) Set up comes out to 500-600 dollars.

2) Are the fans i chose powerful enough to cool the loop while remaining at a reasonable noise level. I dont expect silent, just quiet.

Let me know what you think!

Thanks,
Edited by Arctic Storm - 11/12/12 at 10:32pm
post #2 of 6
Good start, and yes you have the basics right for the amount of rad you'll need. thumb.gif

The most important things for a quiet wc system are

1. rads with low fin density
2. pump selection
3. fan selection

For #1, if you have room go with XSPC's RX line of rads. 2nd choice, if you're space limited would be EX.

I don't know much about #2, other than that getting a variable-speed pump will allow you to control the speed, and therefore how loud it is. I picked up a Swiftech MCP35X which is loud at full tilt, but dialed back to 40-50% speed its not loud at all.

Finally, my favorite fans so far are Gentle Typhoons. But that's extremely subjective, and there are good tests out there to help you make a decision. GTs are known for low noise-to-airflow ratio and to me that's the most meaningful test of fan performance. I haven't heard much about the ones you've picked... why did you pick them btw?
Edited by She loved E - 11/13/12 at 8:01am
 
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post #3 of 6
Agree with above, but want to add some input on fans...

Gentle Typhoons combined with a fan controller would be a great way to keep noise levels tolerable most of the time, but with the ability to crank up performance as necessary. Not sure if that's the kind of solution you're looking for. The R4 series I found to be somewhat loud compared to my GTs. Entirely subjective, though.
post #4 of 6
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I basically picked the fans based on the blue LEDS (and reasonable reported air displacement and noise rating) since they match the look im going for haha. The koolance has a built in fan controller for 3 fans as well as temp sensors to automatically increase/decrease fan RPM as needed.

And yes, i picked the RX type rads!
post #5 of 6
Fair warning: The R4s are advertised at 19dBA but the ones I had were more like 29. A lot of others have reported similar findings.
post #6 of 6
I'm in the process of building a loop myself. If space is of concern and you want maximum cooling potential xspc has the new AX line of radiators. It beats the performance of the RX at the cost of fan noise. They are a tad more expensive than the RX line. These are what I have chosen, mainly visually. You would need to use 1,600 rpm fans and above. The RX line you can use lower speed fans.

360mm of rad total is good for what you. You are segregating the heat transfer of multiple rads which i prefer as to one single 360mm. There are folks running many hot devices on one good rad and seeing good temps. Fan config can really aid a radiator. If its noise that's your concern then the RX is the way to go.
Edited by stansfield - 11/13/12 at 5:29am
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