Originally Posted by briddell
That's not nearly as bad as they were making it sound, but I'm a silence freak, so I'd rather invest the money into a custom loop that is just outrageously overkill so you can drop the RPM and not suffer performance or flow issues.
If you have your own house and can put some holes in the place, you can run a liquid loop through the wall into another room or a closet if you have your desk in the right area.
You can run a heat exchanger, and the right antifreeze mix can easily handle 45-50c below zero. If you have the coolant pump with it, you can run a rather decent sized pump and put the entire assembly in the basement, and if you are REALLY crafty, you can use quick disconnect fittings and a wall plate, similar to what you see in hospitals for oxygen or something like that.
This would result in completely silent cooling, from the vantage point of your desk, with super low temps all day long. You just need a way to monitor the status of the pump and chiller remotely. If you set it up right, I see no reason why you couldn't have some kind of setup that kicks in an air cooled radiator when the chiller fails and line temps get above ambient, as well as alerts you, so you have some time to shut down before temps get too out of control.
But at that point, you are talking commercial grade hardware.One of my jobs at work is managing the chilled water supply system. But our system runs at 48-52F.