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I'm debating whether or not to go building a custom loop for my pc. I mainly want it to keep the pc pretty quiet with a micro atx like an Corsair 350D and also overclock it. Would a proper watercool loop be as quiet or quieter during idle or gaming? I would assume it would since the gpu fans are the loudest when gaming, and having it under water would make it run cooler, hence quieter. Do you guys usually just set the lowest fan speed for the radiators and forget it? Or always vary it when gaming, idle and benchmarking?
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Some radiators are better than other for low speed fans. I'm kinda a noob at it as I just built my first loop with cpu and 2 gpu's a couple months ago. I use corsair sp120 performance fans on my rads with a fan controller. They spin pretty fast so I mostly keep them down to 30 percent. I've only noticed a few degrees difference between full speed and low. PC is definitely quieter during games without the gpu fans going crazy.
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So you would say that with the watercooling setup it is quieter than before being on air? Or even an AiO setup like a Kraken X60 or Corsair H100i?
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Yes. Definitely less noise. Most of the noise reduction is during gaming. I run universal waterblocks on the gpu's so I'm still running fans to help cool the vrm's and ram on the graphic cards but they stay around the same speeds as they would when your air cooled card is idling. It's not a silent pc by any means as I have 12 fans total but it is better than before
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Yes. Definitely less noise. Most of the noise reduction is during gaming. I run universal waterblocks on the gpu's so I'm still running fans to help cool the vrm's and ram on the graphic cards but they stay around the same speeds as they would when your air cooled card is idling. It's not a silent pc by any means as I have 12 fans total but it is better than before

I'll consider it going water or maybe AiO for now. Thanks again.
post #6 of 9
You'll get better performance from a custom loop and probably less noise than an AIO. I will admit my gpu blocks aren't really universal. They are AIO coolers mounted on the gpu's. So I have a custom loop for the cpu and 2 AIO's for the gpu's. I'm using the corsair sp120's on the rads though. Keeps both my hd 7950's around 45 celsius at load with a 1200/1600 overclock.
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I'm debating whether or not to go building a custom loop for my pc. I mainly want it to keep the pc pretty quiet with a micro atx like an Corsair 350D and also overclock it. Would a proper watercool loop be as quiet or quieter during idle or gaming? I would assume it would since the gpu fans are the loudest when gaming, and having it under water would make it run cooler, hence quieter. Do you guys usually just set the lowest fan speed for the radiators and forget it? Or always vary it when gaming, idle and benchmarking?

The word quiet can be very subjective....What will your components be (cpu/gpu),also whats your ambient temps like....? Reason i ask is the more rad the better,also push/pull gives 10-30% performance if it can be fitted....If i'm not mistaken the 350D uses 2x240 rads which would be good for you,also the fans used play a big roll in the noise than can be generated....
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Check out my build. i specifically designed it to be a high performance gaming rig with minimal noise. to do this we have to accept some higher temps than many here would like by running fewer fans at lower speeds.

XSPC EX240 kit + XSPC GTX TITAN/780/780Ti VGA block

i have a 3.4Ghz i5 4670k overclocked to 4.4Ghz and my gtx780 is not overclocked

during gaming the CPU never goes over 57c and the GPU gets to 39c. when idle both chips sit around 28c.

all fans are set to run at 50% power until the CPU hits 65c which allows for very quiet high end gaming while allowing the full cooling power to come online if some very intensive task like video editing is required. i'd say the entire loop cost about $275 and it is much quieter than my old AIO which was starting to keep me up at night. AIO are a great if you don't want to overclock but as soon as you do the fan will have to go near full power to compensate and it gets LOUD. I really think its worth the money.

edit: the case has a lot to do with how quiet the pc runs as well. you can easily find lists of cases that are specifically aimed at noise reduction. the trick is to find the balance between noise and cooling power.


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post #9 of 9
A custom loop will be more quiet and effective than an AIO solution, especially if you do your research and match up quiet fans with a rad designed for such fans.
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