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In the hopes of building a dedicated mining rig to mine Litecoins and possibly other scrypt coins, I'd like to know what options are available for a more quiet operation of a computer with GPUs running constantly on full load. Do any of you water cool mining computers as you do your regular PCs? Are there any non-WC alternatives for quiet builds?

I figure if a water cooling loop is to be made, the CPU wouldn't be necessary to put in the loop. The CPU would just be air cooled with a quiet fan and the GPUs run in one tight loop making it more efficient to dissipate heat through the radiators.

Aside from that is it possible to use large heatsinks with slow-moving fans?
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You can always use a large box fan pointing towards your computer.
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I don't think it would be easy to have a quiet mining computer. I know even with high end cards with great coolers on my 7850 (ASUS DCU2) and 7950 (Gigabyte WF3) they can still be heard from 25 feet away. Because of that I'd recommend watercooling, that is one way to have a silent, or near silent mining computer.

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Water cool is not cheap though, it's much cheaper to run the cards at max fan speed in your basement.

If you don't have a basement then put it in a relatively cool room that nobody uses.

Under volt them if you have to, but watercooling is costly, and full cover block lose value real fast.
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cheap watercooling via dwood bracket or "GPU COOL" (http://www.overclock.net/t/1439434/gpu-cool-the-universal-bracket-now-for-sale-givaways-inside) IMO

If you want something storebought there's the ARCTIC Accelero Hybrid
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cheap watercooling via dwood bracket or "GPU COOL" (http://www.overclock.net/t/1439434/gpu-cool-the-universal-bracket-now-for-sale-givaways-inside) IMO

If you want something storebought there's the ARCTIC Accelero Hybrid
Another option is the Sigma Cool. I think it's a little cheaper than the GPU cool product, but isn't as universal.
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I don't have a basement and it would be running in my room. Though I could be moving just in a few months.

The Sigma Cool looks nice and convenient. Barring that the Arctic Hybrid would have to do on a budget.
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