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Use a NZXT Kraken with Corsair Hydro Series HG10?

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Anyone know if its possible to use a NZXT Kraken water cooler with the Corsair Hydro Series HG10 N970 Edition Cooling Fan? The reason I ask is because I have seen a lot of people complain how the NZXT Kraken G10 water cooling frame isn't as effective as the Corsair. While I am asking, do you have any suggestions to provide the best possible cooling possible for the GTX 970? I am looking to overclock it as much as possible instead of buying a second GPU and/or upgrading. Your comments are much appertained.

My GFX Card: MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G Graphics Cards: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NN0GEXQ?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage
Corsair Hydro Series HG10 N970 Edition Cooling Fan: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0151PYG4E?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=ox_sc_act_title_1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
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You can use an NZXT Kraken AIO with the Corsair HG10 bracket. However, check the Corsair support forums for whether the Corsair HG10 N970 bracket is compatible with your specific GPU model, as it won't fit all GTX 970 models.

Personally, I think that using an AIO to cool a GTX 970 is a bit of a waste, and that the aftermarket models with coolers perform well enough (I suggest the Twin Frozr V you have linked from Amazon).

Using an AIO makes a much larger difference on the 980Ti and Titan X. If you have the money for the bracket and an AIO, and are doing it out of a desire for performance, I would recommend just upgrading to a Twin Frozr V GTX 980 instead, assuming you haven't already purchased the GTX 970.
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I know its a little overkill but I like to keep my case as quite and that includes minimizing the number of fans I have in my computer and making the fans I do have as efficient as possible. Trying to get down to two 200mm fans and 2 120mm fans.
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Originally Posted by HellBOmb View Post

I know its a little overkill but I like to keep my case as quite and that includes minimizing the number of fans I have in my computer and making the fans I do have as efficient as possible. Trying to get down to two 200mm fans and 2 120mm fans.
As someone who has used AIOs to cool several generations of noisy GPUs (starting with a reference 470) and an owner of a MSI 970 GE, I can tell you without hesitation that a TwinFrozr 970 is quieter than an AIO setup.

The increased pump noise will offset any benefit you receive from the lower temperatures, particularly with a 970 that doesn't run it's fans below 60* (like the TwinFrozr, STRIX, etc.). When you are not gaming the AIO's pump will be louder than any decent, quiet fan (<900rpm).

IME when gaming, my 970 never exceeds 70* and it's fans don't exceed 1100 rpm (custom fan profile).

If you want the heaviest OC you can without going for a custom loop, than an AIO is the way to go. But with Maxwell being as efficient as it is and the 970 being a card with a low thermal demand, an AIO will not help you in terms of noise.

If you are *really* noise-adverse I'd recommend a Raijntek Morpheus, Accelero Xtreme or similar - this is the only way you can get lower noise levels than a good vendor cooler. Any of these will actually rival the thermal performance of an AIO with significantly less noise.

http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/cooling/77237-corsair-hydro-series-hg10/?page=3 - r9 290 - morpheus v hg10 v reference
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1416-page5.html - gtx 680 - asus v g10
http://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/henry-butt/nzxt-kraken-g10-liquid-gpu-cooling-bracket-review/6/ - 290x - Sapphire v reference v g10
http://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/henry-butt/raijintek-morpheus-gpu-cooler-review/7/ - morpheus v xtreme iv v g10 v hybrid ii

Edit: to be certain, takeaways here:
1. AIO pumps are louder than any decent, quiet fan.
2. More fans does not lead to more noise. In fact, with thoughtful planning for airflow, it significantly decreases noise (adding multiple fans of the same kind will only add a db or two while significantly decreasing the speed you need to run them at, offsetting any noise increase).

Edit 2: For reference, some MSI 970 noise reviews:
http://ht4u.net/reviews/2014/msi_gtx_970_gaming_4g_im_test/index12.php
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_970_Gaming/26.html
http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/msi_geforce_gtx_970_gaming_review,10.html
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1450-page3.html - This is the Zotac, but SPCR is my favorite for noise reviews, and to further clarify Maxwell's efficiency
Edited by claes - 11/7/15 at 4:05pm
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Samsung 840 Pro 128GB OCZ Agility 60GB Spinpoint F3 1TB Noctua NH-U12P SE2 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
2x NF-P12, CPU OS X 10.10, 8.1 Ultimate Asus VW246H Ergotron Neo-Flex 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
CM Quick Fire Rapid EVGA Supernova G2 850W Silverstone FT-02W CM Spawn 
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i3-2125 GA-H61N USB3 HD3000 8GB Samsung Miracle RAM 
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Though I already made my recommendation, I would like to point out that the pump noise of the NZXT X31 you suggested, claes, has not been an issue for the build you helped me with. I just got the HG10 N980 bracket in, and I'll update that old thread with some data when I have a chance.

At the moment, I'm arguing with the owner of the computer about using it in push-pull as I intended, or apparently throwing the 120mm radiator behind a 140mm fan on the front without a shroud. XD
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