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Need a cooling approach for my next build to dwell on

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I havent done an air cooled setup for years, my previous was water but its not something I wanna do again especially as though I have my computer in the living room now and not the bedroom.

I want the quietest gaming setup I can get so a big case with a lot of low rpm fans and sound deadening. Is there any special sort of thing available now such as a double heatsink or an external heatsink I should be looking at as I have been out of the loop for quite some time.


Thanks.
post #2 of 6
Any thoughts on what is going into this build? Knowing that would be a big help in making accurate suggestions.

A nice place to start would be taking a look at the Thermalright Macho Zero with the duct adapter. Combined with an open case with good flow like the Phanteks Enthoo Pro (stock 200mm intake replaced with two 140mm), you can get some surprisingly good results with the absolute minumum of noise. You don't necessarily need a lot of low rpm fans to do what you are looking for.
post #3 of 6
And I'll say it again.
"What ciarlatano said." thumb.gif
Take some time and read some of the articles in "Ways to Better Cooling" 1st post is index, click on topic to see it. I've probably posted those words a thousand times. biggrin.gif

Once you understand a little of the basics of case airflow, how it works, and how to attack it, you can start looking at what case you want to use, what components, what fans, and how you want to control it all.
post #4 of 6
I hate to be negative but I can see no reason to promote that case. I can see no air flow into the top half of the case that doesn't flow past the GPU first. If it can't mount a fan blowing directly back at the cpu I won't touch it.
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I recommend my solution. It's my third case, so I've had time to perfect it.

 

1. Fractal Define R5.

2. Replace intake fans with two NF-A14 ULN fans.

3. Cut out read grill and line cut edges with plastic report slider grips.

4. Tandem tower heatsink.

5. Replace the two fans with three 800 rpm fans.

 

Very quiet. In my own case, I use an Armageddon because with the i7 4770K it doesn't matter what kind of a heatsink I use. If you want quieter performance, follow the five steps above.

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post #6 of 6
ehume's suggestions are good.

I would use faster case fans with motherboard and possible GPU automatic speed control on them. That way they will spin at low speed unless system is working hard.

I would probably use a TRUE Spirit 140 rev A or one of the Machos' like Ciarlatano suggested; Macho rev.B, Macho Direct, Macho Zero, Le Grand Macho. Some come with TY-147A fan, some with no fan. Using the optional duct from cooler to back vent with good intake fans means they need no fan. wink.gif

Nanoxia Deep Silent case are quiet too, but I prefer Phanteks or Fractal Design. I have a Phanteks Enthoo Luxe and like it a lots I prefer it to the Enthoo Pro. Most Phanteks cases come with a PWN controlled 3-pin fan hub, which does a good job of controlling the case fan speed automatically. Their stock PH-F140SP fans are a good fan. I've heard the be quiet! Silent Base 800 is good too.
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