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Can anyone give a scientific description of what are to be factored into the calculation for such a system?

In particular

1. Size of the case
2. How cramped it is
3. Size of the heatsinks
4. Total TDP of components.

Do the giant passive heatsinks really work as advertised? Would an ambient temperature rise completely defeat their design?
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Originally Posted by Popple View Post

Can anyone give a scientific description of what are to be factored into the calculation for such a system?

In particular

1. Size of the case
2. How cramped it is
3. Size of the heatsinks
4. Total TDP of components.

Do the giant passive heatsinks really work as advertised? Would an ambient temperature rise completely defeat their design?

I would advise against a passive system and go with a very quiet system instead, the chances of your components(especially high end ones) having no electrical noise are slim. And they're very easy to notice in a pasive system.
Also, passively cooling a high end GPU is tricky.

Just get some nice big coolers for both the GPU and CPU, equip them with high end low rpm fans and you're golden.
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You're not detailing what you are trying to do in a fan-less build. You won't be 4k gaming in a fan-less build (not unless you have thousands to spend).

I have a fan-less torrent build. Mini itx + passive heatsink + ssd + power brick makes a compact build. I doubt that is what you want.
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Originally Posted by Gilles3000 View Post

I would advise against a passive system and go with a very quiet system instead, the chances of your components(especially high end ones) having no electrical noise are slim. And they're very easy to notice in a pasive system.
Also, passively cooling a high end GPU is tricky.

I'm talking about an i3 and a 750TI like GPU. The CPU should consume less than 35W.
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