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post #1 of 8
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I have a very stripped down computer right now, with a fullsized case. (Coolermaster CM 690 original)

I'm looking for any case that can offer optimal temps + silence, would there be possibly any upgrades?


I have:

- ATX case + mobo
- Noctua C14 with 2 Noctua fans, 2500k @ 4.7, Up to 79-80C on normal load throughout a day (non prime, normal usage)
- no case fans (passive cooling)
- no intention of going SLI / CF ever
- 2 hard drives, one of them is an SSD
- 0 CD/DVD etc. drives. Haven't needed anything other than USB for the past several years

My current setup is truly silent, with almost an imperceptible change even under full load.

Ideally, whatever could mask the insane noise of a 7970 would be good. Due to both passive cooling and unfortunate room circumstances my load temps on GPUs will probably be 12-15C higher than normal. Thanks in advance.
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Seagate 1TB Samsung 840 Pro, 256 Win 7 x64 Corsair HX750 
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Seagate 1TB Samsung 840 Pro, 256 Win 7 x64 Corsair HX750 
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post #2 of 8
there is no such thing as a silent 7970. especially in SFF frown.gif you have to make a choice. do you want smaller? or do you want quiet?

to make a 7970 quiet, it means a custom liquid loop. are you willing to go that far?
post #3 of 8
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Blah, no liquid loops for me.

If not the risk and the time consumption, which is fine for me, the cost is simply prohibitive compared to the minor temp benefits compared to good air cooling. If I were to do a serious project it'd have to be below ambient, perhaps TEC/phasechange.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2500k | 4.7 Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 XFX 7970  Mushkin 1333 9-9-9-24 (2x4) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSPower
Seagate 1TB Samsung 840 Pro, 256 Win 7 x64 Corsair HX750 
Case
Coolermaster CM 690 
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2500k | 4.7 Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 XFX 7970  Mushkin 1333 9-9-9-24 (2x4) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSPower
Seagate 1TB Samsung 840 Pro, 256 Win 7 x64 Corsair HX750 
Case
Coolermaster CM 690 
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post #4 of 8
well, as an owner of a sapphire HD7970 with the dualX cooler I can tell you there is no such thing as a quiet 7970 biggrin.gif it's quiet up to the point you load up tomb raider or bioshock infinite or any of the modern graphic intensive games... then the fans kick up to like 60% and silence is gone biggrin.gif this would be especially true for a SFF chassis considering I'm already using one of the most powerful air cooled cases currently on the market (FT02) anything less would be even louder then my machine.
post #5 of 8
Have you thought about using an after market GPU heatsink? Something like the Accelero Xtreme 7970 would really help with the noise and still keep your temps in check. I had a pair of these when I was running my HD5870's and they are absolutely silent even when the fans are maxed out. smile.gif
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Windows 10 64-bit Dell UltraSharp U2515H (1440p, 60Hz IPS) Vortex Pok3r (MX Blue, Double-Shot PBT Keycaps) EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G3 
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post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by francisw19 View Post

Have you thought about using an after market GPU heatsink? Something like the Accelero Xtreme 7970 would really help with the noise and still keep your temps in check. I had a pair of these when I was running my HD5870's and they are absolutely silent even when the fans are maxed out. smile.gif

the dualX cooler is essentially an aftermarket cooler bolted onto the factory board anyway. it's not as high performance as an accelero Xtreme in a regular case, but due to the vertical mount orientation of the FT02, it actually performs better then the accelero.
post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by psyclum View Post

the dualX cooler is essentially an aftermarket cooler bolted onto the factory board anyway. it's not as high performance as an accelero Xtreme in a regular case, but due to the vertical mount orientation of the FT02, it actually performs better then the accelero.

Oh I see. Come to think of it, is the DualX 7970 a non-reference PCB? It may not work with the Accelero Xtreme anyway if that's the case.
KamIX
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 7700K Asus Maximus IX Hero Asus Strix GTX1080 32GB G.Skill Ripjaws V DDR4-2666 CL15 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Plextor M8Pe 512GB (NVMe w/ Heatsink) Samsung 850 Evo 500GB Western Digital Black 4TB Noctua NH-D15 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 64-bit Dell UltraSharp U2515H (1440p, 60Hz IPS) Vortex Pok3r (MX Blue, Double-Shot PBT Keycaps) EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G3 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Coolermaster MasterCase 5 Pro w/ 4x Noctua NF-A14 Logitech G900 Zowie G-SR FiiO E10K 
AudioAudioAudioOther
Sennheiser HD598 SE (Black) Mackie CR3 Blue Microphones Snowball iCE (Black) Steam Controller 
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CM Storm Skorpion Microsoft LifeCam Studio 
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KamIX
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 7700K Asus Maximus IX Hero Asus Strix GTX1080 32GB G.Skill Ripjaws V DDR4-2666 CL15 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Plextor M8Pe 512GB (NVMe w/ Heatsink) Samsung 850 Evo 500GB Western Digital Black 4TB Noctua NH-D15 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 64-bit Dell UltraSharp U2515H (1440p, 60Hz IPS) Vortex Pok3r (MX Blue, Double-Shot PBT Keycaps) EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G3 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Coolermaster MasterCase 5 Pro w/ 4x Noctua NF-A14 Logitech G900 Zowie G-SR FiiO E10K 
AudioAudioAudioOther
Sennheiser HD598 SE (Black) Mackie CR3 Blue Microphones Snowball iCE (Black) Steam Controller 
OtherOther
CM Storm Skorpion Microsoft LifeCam Studio 
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post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by francisw19 View Post

Oh I see. Come to think of it, is the DualX 7970 a non-reference PCB? It may not work with the Accelero Xtreme anyway if that's the case.

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