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post #1 of 12
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Hello i'm thinking about installing a custom water cooling set for the cpu and gpu but since i've never done this my questions are;
  • Can i fit a pump, radiator and tubes in a Silencio 550 case?
  • Will temps get lower? My 3770k 4.2Ghz with Zalman CNPS10X Extreme get 70° under load (fan speed 20x)
  • My 7870 overclocked to 1150Mhz gets between 80 and 90° (max 40% fan speed)


This is the inside of my case



Thanks
post #2 of 12
Yes, it will improve temps, no questions asked. The problem is, your case was not really made for watercooling. If you wanted to fit in a decent sized radiator, some modding of the case will have to be done. Really, I would just save yourself the trouble of a custom loop, and get a H80i for the CPU. And for the GPU, really, either turning up the fan speed, or watercooling it would be the only answer.
Have a look through the 5 pages of this article, it should give an idea of watercooling in this case:
http://www.cmhd.tv/index_blog.php/water-cooling-in-the-silencio-550/2113
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unlike the above poster, i think you SHOULD go ahead and get yourself a custom loop and mod your case to make it fit.
thats what i did with mine and honestly, zero regret. I love it.
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I didn't say there isn't anything wrong with modding it and a custom loop, I would probably mod it and put in a custom loop too, it's just that if he want's save himself the trouble, and his wallet, that would be an option.
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Originally Posted by ALMOSTunseen View Post

I didn't say there isn't anything wrong with modding it and a custom loop, I would probably mod it and put in a custom loop too, it's just that if he want's save himself the trouble, and his wallet, that would be an option.

of course ^^ im not oposing your statement directly, just stating that while modding is a tone of work, its highly rewarding.

OP as far as your questions go, i think your CPU will benifit most from WC, you may be able to squeeze another 300mhz or so out of your chip at much better temps.
for the GPU... i dont think that is a refference design card, meaning you wouldnt be able to get a full cover waterblock for it. Your VRMs will remain air cooled and that wont benifit you that much with a universal GPU block. WC GPUs i find tend to be upper teir refference flagship GPUs.

Your temps on your GPU seem rather high, personaly i would eigther lower your OC or up your fan speed. try to get it below 80.


now, talking about modding your case to fit a good rad, youll likely have to do somthing similiar to what i did, which is remove your HDD bay to make room at your intake.
Looks like youd be able to fit a 240 rad in there nicely if the right side of the HDD bracket was gone.

if you could somehow cut the top off of it and slide it under your GPU, you would still be able to use the HDD bay for your drives like you do currently, but rather slightly shuffled to the left.


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looking at some other pictures of the same case, it looks like the top half of the HD bay is already a seperate unit???
if you could remove that part, it would save some cutting, and you could more easily move the lower half over (3 inches or so)
post #6 of 12
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Thanks for the advice, but i don't understand why this case is not made for watercooling if there are 2 holes at the back http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviewimages/cooler-master-silencio-550/cooler-master-silencio-550_rear.jpg

Or maybe i will used a Closed Liquid Cooling system, it's easier.. but can i use the same cooling for many years without any problems or leakage? I prefer the Seidon 120XL from Cooler Master, but then i still have the same air cooling on my GPU, so how do I improve cooling on my gpu?
post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by misterD View Post

Thanks for the advice, but i don't understand why this case is not made for watercooling if there are 2 holes at the back http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviewimages/cooler-master-silencio-550/cooler-master-silencio-550_rear.jpg

Or maybe i will used a Closed Liquid Cooling system, it's easier.. but can i use the same cooling for many years without any problems or leakage? I prefer the Seidon 120XL from Cooler Master, but then i still have the same air cooling on my GPU, so how do I improve cooling on my gpu?
Well, those gromets on the back are for externaly mounted radiators. while this is an option you could use, most preffer to have their radiator inside their case, which is what most will use to determine "water cooling case design" among other things like;
spaciouse 240mm fan holes on the back, top or front.
removeable hard drive bays,
customizability.


As for the GPU, again ill say i dont think its worth watercooling it.
eigther turn up your fan speeds or lower your overclock.

If you dont wish to do this, you could mod the shroud on the card and install higher performance fans. there are plenty of quiet 80mm fans to choose from. You could attempt to fit 3 of them across the card, i think that would be signifigant air to help cool the card.

try running a few temp tests with the side of your case off, see if it makes much difference. if it is signifigantly cooler, you may wanna look into impooving your overall case airflow.
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by AlaskaFox View Post

Well, those gromets on the back are for externaly mounted radiators. while this is an option you could use, most preffer to have their radiator inside their case, which is what most will use to determine "water cooling case design" among other things like;
spaciouse 240mm fan holes on the back, top or front.
removeable hard drive bays,
customizability.


As for the GPU, again ill say i dont think its worth watercooling it.
eigther turn up your fan speeds or lower your overclock.

If you dont wish to do this, you could mod the shroud on the card and install higher performance fans. there are plenty of quiet 80mm fans to choose from. You could attempt to fit 3 of them across the card, i think that would be signifigant air to help cool the card.

try running a few temp tests with the side of your case off, see if it makes much difference. if it is signifigantly cooler, you may wanna look into impooving your overall case airflow.

Okay i get it smile.gif It's a dilemma because i want as much as possible performance, but i don't want a airplane engine inside my pc.... My max fan speed is 40%, and i really don't want to go higher..

I searched for custom fans on my local retailer and the "Alpenfohn peter" or "Artic Accelore ExtremeIII" are relatively cheap, so i think i will go for that.

In my old pc i modded my GTX 560 with a 120mm fan, i could only mount it with the metal clips i got with my first CNPS10X heatsink: http://www.rocomputersystems.nl/Zalman%20CNPS10X%20Perfroma%202.jpg (center of picture)

Problem is, that system is gone, and so are the metal clips... using plastic zipties is suicide and i have nothing here that could replace that.


Don't look @ the cable management tongue.gif
Edited by misterD - 2/13/13 at 2:01pm
post #9 of 12
holy cable hell XD


I dont know how well you can do it with that case, but you may be able to help your temps a bit with some cable management. (yes, your current one)
post #10 of 12
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R U serious? I think i did a pretty good job on cable management, yes the psu is cheap but i soldered 80mm silent fan inside, i'm happy with it. I confess the aesthetics of this psu (cables) looks terrible but if i buy new psu the fan will be 99% louder than my custom one. I'm pretty sure there is no other psu that will make almost zero dB like mine under load. Gonna replace it in the far, far future when i go crossfire maybe. The ugly cables make it look like messy cable mangement.
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