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It depends on your thermal load but air is inherently quieter due to the lack of pump noise and lower air-flow resistance that fans have to deal with.

That said, once you start looking at multi-GPU setups or heavy OCs, water is the way to go.
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Originally Posted by claes View Post

It depends on your thermal load but air is inherently quieter due to the lack of pump noise and lower air-flow resistance that fans have to deal with.

That said, once you start looking at multi-GPU setups or heavy OCs, water is the way to go.

Air cooling is quieter and more reliable than an all in 1 loop. if you're going with water, don't half bake your planning. costs quite a bit more for what you get out of it but if you're a silent freak with money to burn then a proper full loop setup with plenty of radiator space and quiet fans is the way to go.
if you don't want to spend that much money, get the biggest air cooler that can fit in your case after looking at reviews of how quiet the fans are and such. obviously noctua is highly recommended for silence but with a slight price premium with it as well.
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