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hey everyone, i followed TeamLiquid's advice and built a computer roughly a year back, and it turned out very well. i have some very good internships, and i will have 7k USD to burn soon. i'd like to pimp up my computer as much as possible whilst using money wisely. Below is my build:

ASRock H77 Pro4-MVP
Crucial Ballistix 2x4GB 1633MHz RAM
Antec 900 ATX Case
Rosewill Capstone 450w PSU
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870
Cooler Master Hyper 212+ CPU Fan
Intel i5-3570 CPU
Samsung 830 128GB SSD

Here are a few questions:

I'm into quiet computing. The PSU's fans, the hyper 212+, the case fans, and the Gigabyte GPU's triple fans are annoying as ****, even at low settings. I'm not planning to change my graphics cards, but is there a PSU that's similar to the capstone 450w in efficiency, but not nearly as load and irritating? I saw some fanless Rosewill PSUs, that appear very interesting.

I'm thinking of changing my rig such that it is over-clockable in the future, but I'm wondering whether I should buy a new MOBO now? are there any announcements regarding the socket of Haswell; will it be compatable with the SB 3570 I currently have? If it is, i'd like a recommendation on a new Motherboard, as I'd like to finish this rig at once and just pop in a new CPU when the time comes.

I want to try water cooling. I assume its not as loud, and I'm also hopeful that it will make the computer look prettier in general; please correct me if i'm wrong? Can anyone please recommend a good liquid-cooling brand? I'm looking at the corsair liquid cooling systems; seems pretty sleek to me.

Any suggestions on a case that looks similar to the Antec 900 with regards to form factor, but relatively mod-dable? My friend has a NZXT switch 810, and he installed some external fan controllers which really appeal to me. I'm sure many cases allow this - just not the Antec 900, from what I've seen. Any recommendations on new cases?

I need a new SSD. Thinking of the samsung 840. Is it as easy as installing it and popping the sata cables in? I already own a 830, i assume having two samsung ssds won't cause any silly issues, but i could be wrong...

that was a long list with many questions. many thanks for those who read my entire post! have a good evening, OC.net. smile.gif
post #2 of 9
Do you feel comfortable peicing together a custom water loop?
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Do you feel comfortable peicing together a custom water loop?

not at all, but i'm more than happy to try what i can. i'm new to this computer building business, and being a computer science major, i feel like i should know more about the stuff. would you mind elaborating on what a custom water loop is, how / why it helps, and where i can learn to create one?
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Watercooling is the way.

Just DON'T use 90deg fittings directly before or after the pump. All the times I've done it, the pump has gone from absolutely silent to noticeably noisy.

The only secrets to silence the pump (probably the noisiest part in a silent loop) are:

1) Placing it at least 10cm of tube after the reservoir, and 10cm before the 1st waterblock, that way the tubing completely negates the vibrations.
2) Either suspending it, or placing it atop a thick stuffing foam block.

These two have made the pump in my system completely silent. And I really mean it. thumb.gif

As for loop guidances... If you're fine with hacking a bit here and there, you can fit a 200mm radiator at the top, and a 240mm radiator in the front. Although the 200mm on the top should be as easy as screwing it.

http://www.aquatuning.de/product_info.php/info/p9272_Phobya-Xtreme-200---V-2---Full-Copper.html

This baby should fit the top fan of your Antec 900 with a bit of hack'n'slash biggrin.gif

And it could perhaps cool your whole system, as it has similar surface to a low profile 360x12 radiator.
Edited by Artikbot - 3/19/13 at 3:39pm
   
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post #5 of 9
To answer your questions in the original post:

1. You could go with a fanless PSU. The Rosewill SilentNight is a rebranded Super Flower; otherwise, Seasonic makes a 400 and 450W fanless unit. The only thing is that even fanless units need airflow, so you have to make sure there's at least some airflow across the PSU area. However, IMO fanless units are too much of a compromise. Would be a better idea to get a Seasonic SS-660XP, a fully-modular Platinum-certified unit which will not spin up its fan until moderate to heavy load.

2. Haswell processors will not be compatible with your current board, which uses an LGA1155 socket. Haswell will use LGA1150, so cooling hardware will still bolt up to the board OK, but CPU/board compatibility is out the window. Better to leave it as-is for now and upgrade in June or so when the Z87 hits the market.

3. Closed-loop liquid cooling (preassembled; bolt-in systems) like Corsair's Hydro series, Antec's Kuhler, Thermaltake's Water series, etc. etc. are not the same as the custom water cooling loops you see on the rest of OCN. They will not necessarily be quieter--you still have at least one fan (possibly two for push/pull; sometimes four for the big rads) spinning at relatively high speed, but you add in the noise of the pump, which depending on the model of the cooler can be considerable. I would not look to a CLC to silence your build.

4. Anything with a 5.25" drive bay can accept a 5.25" drive bay fan controller. Personally, I prefer Sunbeam or Lamptron units. Your Antec 900 can accept these with no problem. However, the fans in your 900 already have voltage control, so unless you're planning on replacing them, I would say skip the fan controller for now.

5. If you don't mind the drives showing up as two separate entities, then yeah you can just plug in and initialize. Easy.
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not at all, but i'm more than happy to try what i can. i'm new to this computer building business, and being a computer science major, i feel like i should know more about the stuff. would you mind elaborating on what a custom water loop is, how / why it helps, and where i can learn to create one?

CS has nothing to do with building PCs... thats IT.
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post #7 of 9
fanless psu, plus and evaporative cooled water loop.
if you get block for everything, you wont even need a single fan in your PC. Just two pumps in the cooler.
post #8 of 9
fans are for amateurs biggrin.gif get a pair of phobya 1080's and run the rads passive.

as doc brown would have said...

fans? where we're going, we don't NEED fans... biggrin.gif
post #9 of 9
1080's are too weak, get a volenti.
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