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High Noise/Low Temps VS Low Noise/High Temps

Poll Results: Would you sacrifice quiet noise levels for lower temps or low noise in exchange for higher temps?

 
  • 33% (2)
    I'd rather have lower temps.
  • 66% (4)
    I'd rather have less noise.
6 Total Votes  
post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 
So I've been messing with my computer for a while.

First I made the jump and built my first PC officially from scratch.
Then I made a further investment and went SLI on my video cards.
More recently I put in my first water cooling loop with an XSPC Rasa kit.

Then came the little tweaks.

I've been following a lot of you guys' personal builds and reading up on all the tips & tricks and o's and don'ts.
That's where this question came in mind.

I already had a pair of Corsairs SP120 fans when I began installing my watercooling loop.
So I decided to use those fans on the Rad instead of the ones XSPC supplied with the kit.

Under full load my CPU temps went as high as about 57-60c and idled at around 28-31c.
And even more my pc was dead quiet.


Getting to the Point


Today while messing around I swapped them out and put in the XSPC supplied fans, I immediately noticed a lot more airflow, cooler temps under full load at around 43-46c. Unfortunately the noise level is considerably higher. Mainly because I'm using a Corsair 600T case and I didn't want to mod the case to accommodate a better fan setup. If it ain't broke don't fix it. So the noise isn't neccessarily coming from the fans themselves but from the air being sucked in through the case grill/mesh top.

I'm always blasting some form of loud music whether it's Dubstep/House Bachata or straight Rock/Rap so I don't mind, but I could see the annoyance to other users.

Also I'm completely happy with my temps considering I live in Miami and it's forever summer here and being hispanic my family is used to not having the ac running all day or freezing the house so the house is usually overall at around 76-78c.

So assuming you have no other options, which would you guys prefer to have,

Less noise but higher temps or Lower temps and more noise?

Go ahead and just do the poll if you don't actually want to answer or please feel free to leave your input.
I'd personally love to see everyone's opinions.
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post #2 of 4
I'd choose higher temps. 60 C isn't even that hot.
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post #3 of 4
I go for the lower temps myself...but I'm a bit corrupted when it comes to cooling. I grew up around guys running 6 deltas on their rad's and my first computer had fans zip tied all over the place directing air in the appropriate directions.(Was my alternative to water cooling since i couldn't afford it at the time and I enjoy overclocking.)

Of course over the years I've learned to tone things down...even if that means buying some of the quietest running fans just so i can justify running them at their full RPM tongue.gif
 
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post #4 of 4
I prefer to have powerful fans, not necessarily Delta 252cfm hovercraft engine fans, but still leaning towards the powerful end of the spectrum.

My philosophy is to always buy fans at least 20 percent faster than you think you will need, and get a fan controller with at least 4x30W channels (I love my BitFenix Hydra Pro, with 5x30W). It's better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it... Cheaper, too.

In my current build, which is in a Switch 810, I have the following:
- 1x XSPC EX420 Radiator
- 1x Alphacool NeXXos UT60 240 Radiator
- 6x Bgears Blasters 140x25mm 1800rpm 103cfm/3.5mmH2O in Push-Pull on EX420
- 4x Koolance 120x25mm 2600rpm 107cfm/5.4mmH2O in Push-Pull on UT60
- 4x NZXT RF L-FN140RB 140mm 62cfm/0.82mmH2O Case Fans with 2 Front Intake + 1 Rear Intake + 1 Interior Swivel-Mount Fans
- 1x Vantec 80x15mm 28cfm/3.8mmH2O on MCP35X-Heatsink

I will be switching from the NZXT RF-FN140RB 140mm to BitFenix Spectre Pro PWM 140mm 122cfm/3.2mmH2O Fans for my 4 case Fans, as the doubling of airflow will increase the positive pressure and get even cooler air to the top rad. I may go with a Silverstone FM141 140x38 170cfm fan for the rear (I switched the rear from exhaust to intake as it will now blow cool air directly over VRMs until I get the MIPS Rampage 4 Extreme Nickel/POM Full-MB Block Set, and it also blows outside air right to the top rad fans). I will have to measure and find a way to accommodate the extra thickness, though.

I am also adding 2x Corsair or G.Skill or Kingston HyperX RAM Coolers (likely Kingston, and painting it white and swapping the fans for some 80x25mm 65CFM Foxconn, 80x25mm 54CFM Delta, or even 80x38mm 87CFM Delta fans and painting the fan frames and hubs white), as I don't like not having the direct airflow across the MB that you get from air cooling.

That will add 4 more fans to the 15 already present, and I have plans to add a single EX140 rad to the loop with 2 more Bgears Blasters 140x25 or 1-2 Silverstone FM141 140x38 fans.
I am also looking at adding a 120x25/38 fan to blow air from the 5.25 bays inward, depending on how Imount my ssecond MCP35X (via MCP35X2-housing). I also want to add 2x 120x12mm Slim Scythe Slipstream 1900rpm 48cfm fans in-between my HDDs, just for peace of mind.

That'd be 23-24 total fans, 25 if I use the Antec Spot Cool Flexible Fan I have sitting around doing nothing.

The best part is that they can all be turned down to 45% and be whisper quiet or cranked to 105% and move so much air that the entire volume of the case has its air exchanged 4x every second!

Win-Win!
   
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