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You'll hear more noise from your loop if it's restrictive. So be sure and get the less restrictive water blocks, cut your hose as short as possible without cutting flow over sharp corners, buy high flow barbs, and keep your res as close to the pump as possible. These are some reasons why some people hear their pumps more than others claim.

Silence means less performance unfortunately. It's one or the other when it comes to cooling. If you're like me and want both, one thing to consider is some sort of automatic fan controller basing fan speed on ambient vs. water temperatures. I use Crystalfontz and their CC2 software for this purpose.
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If you want to water cool to silence your computer, you need to water cool your graphics card. The 8800GTS I have is quieter under air than other cards I've had, but you could still hear it very easily. Now I don't hear it at all. I can still hear my computer now, but it is a very low pitched hum compared to when I was air cooling my CPU and GPU. The whiny noise of a high RPM fan is extremely annoying to me.
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I have no fans at all and I have been running 0 dB pcs last 10 years or so. Currently I have Q6600 @ 3.0 GHz with stock voltages. I use Zalman Reserator XT (fan removed, pump wrapped) to cool CPU, GPU, HD and PSU. I have a small speaker connected to my power supply just to understand when it posts!

This is not the forum if your target is silence. People are very knowledgeable here but their objective is different. You would be better of in spcr forums. Check my previous topics.

The answer is totally, utterly, absolutely YES.

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I'm a complete novice in terms of watercooling. I recently purchased a lovely Rocketfish case and was intrigued by Sumon's water cooling project. I've always wanted to construct a silent computer and was wondering if water cooling silences? I was recently researching silent air cooling and it seems like an equally expensive venture.

Thanks for your patience with my noobiness.
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I'm a complete novice in terms of watercooling. I recently purchased a lovely Rocketfish case and was intrigued by Sumon's water cooling project. I've always wanted to construct a silent computer and was wondering if water cooling silences? I was recently researching silent air cooling and it seems like an equally expensive venture.

Thanks for your patience with my noobiness.
All my PC's have built with low noise in mind. I have built air and WC PC's. Both can be equaly silent but with water you will have more overclocking room for the same noise level.

For maximum overclocking you have to give up silence on both, but water can be a little bit more silent.
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Whoa. Forgot about this post. Thanks for all the great comments.

I'm still researching watercooling and trying to understand exactly how much it will cost. However, I find that 99% of the stuff they try to tell me is very difficult to understand fully and difficult to figure out what product to buy. Most suggest not to buy kits as apparently it is cheaper to piece together your own parts, but right now I'm in the dark.

I want to mod my Rocketfish to accommodate either a 2x120mm or 3x120mm top radiator area as others have done. However, to pull this off, I have no idea what to do. People have used 'Radgrillz'. What specific mod work needs to be done to install the radgrill? A hole, for fitting it in. Then what about mounting fans on it? Does it go directly on the grill? What about the radiator? Does that mount properly on this thing? I find a lot of product information to be...well, scant on information.

Also, does watercooling require high air flow inside the case too? What kind of things do I need to look for in order to make a silent water cooling system?

Gah, got that out of my system .
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Not necessarily cheaper than kits. In fact, most times it isn't. It's like building a computer.

You can either get a Dell for a certain price where everything is taken care of, but the performance isn't mind blowing.
Or you can build your own custom rig tailored to what you need, and the performance will be mind blowing, either before or after overclocking.

Ease of use, low cost, and low(er) quality... or a bit more complicated, higher cost, and much better quality/reliability. Take your pick.
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