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My AP14s are whisper quiet even at full bore, not set up my loop yet so I can't comment on the RX480s performance, but it performs well with AP13/14s I'm told.
    
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Repped everyone, thanks for the help so far.

I guess my main concern is silence, then performance. I have no intention of overclocking anything so I don't think I'll need to worry about super high temps, even with the i7 running.

With this in mind, what are some of the quieter fans out there that still push a lot of air? I think I'll probably go with the SR1 series in this case given my needs. What are some great fans, that are as quiet as can be, that will get me the most our of this radiator? Thanks!
Gentle Typhoons are good - and if you want really low RPMs the SR-1 is very good. Skinnee Labs tested and found the SR-1 to be better than the XSPC RX at the 600rpm, so if you will be running your computer extremely slowly you won't have to worry.

As a note, before you buy anything, if you want a really quiet computer you should get a really good quiet power supply, since you cannot control the psu fan speed. I personally bought an AX850 after buying the rest of my gear (from an HX1000). That might be a little bit excessive - but my point still stands, you will be disappointed if your PSU cranks up under load.

Secondly, the hard drives you use will make a lot of noise. Consider using an SSD for your main drive and just have a large hard drive for storage.

and yes, to agree with SmokinWaffle the RX480 gives me excellent performance with AP14s. Mine run at 7V and at full load with a GTX580 and an i7 920 at 4.2GHz (there is also an RS240 in the loop, mind) my load temperatures are 53C for the GTX580 and 75C for the i7 920.
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This is the best PSU available for a quiet rig with Crossfire 5870s:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...easonic%20560w

It's basically silent at any load, but when it's idling (below 25% load) the fan actually turns off completely.
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Even with overclocking the system can remain silent at full load. Even with your CPU at 4.0 GHz and your GPU bumped up to 1000 core you could still use Gentle Typhoon 1150 RPM fans, which are VERY quiet.

If you aren't comfortable with overclocking I suggest you look up one of the MANY guides on how to hit 4.0 GHz on an i7. Finally, if you just want something simple and easy you can get the CPU to 3.5 GHz without effort. Simply up your BCLK to 167 from 133 and you will remain stable without having to adjust anything else (well might have to lower RAM multiplier to stay in RAM spec).

In any case, the best fans for your radiator are the GentleTyphoon 1150 RPM AP-13s. I would suggest you get the XSPC RX480 because while the SR-1 is very slightly better, the difference for your system will be less than 1C. The XSPC radiator is about $20 less and will actually perform better than the SR-1 with the fans I mentioned earlier.
interesting... would you say those would be sufficient to hold back the heat dump from sli gtx 470's and 4ghz+i7 with HT while folding 24/7 if one were to go with 2 360 rads? or would I need to step up to the 1450's?
    
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interesting... would you say those would be sufficient to hold back the heat dump from sli gtx 470's and 4ghz+i7 with HT while folding 24/7 if one were to go with 2 360 rads? or would I need to step up to the 1450's?
1150s would give you decent temperatures
1450s would drop the temperatures by 1-2C
1850s would drop it another 1-2C.

If it's mainly for folding and it's going to be running 24/7 I'd say the 1150s would be fine.
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This is the best PSU available for a quiet rig with Crossfire 5870s:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...easonic%20560w

It's basically silent at any load, but when it's idling (below 25% load) the fan actually turns off completely.
I'd get the X-750 personally. 560W is cutting it semi-close. My CFX 6950s and core i7 at 4GHz pulls 580W-600W at load.
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I'd get the X-750 personally. 560W is cutting it semi-close. My CFX 6950s and core i7 at 4GHz pulls 580W-600W at load.
600W from the wall, right? You have to factor in efficiency:

600W * 0.87 (Rated efficiency of your PSU @ 120v) = 522W
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I'd say blackice SR1 for low speed fans (1000 rpm or less) or TFC quad xchanger for medium speed fans (1500-2000 rpm). The TFC quads are selling at decent prices now that they've been discontinued and resellers are preparing to replace them. Dazmode had them on sale for $99 CAD recently while the MSRP is $200 USD.
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I'd say blackice SR1 for low speed fans (1000 rpm or less) or TFC quad xchanger for medium speed fans (1500-2000 rpm). The TFC quads are selling at decent prices now that they've been discontinued and resellers are preparing to replace them. Dazmode had them on sale for $99 CAD recently while the MSRP is $200 USD.
The SR-1 only beats the XSPC RX at fan speeds of 600rpm or less - 1000+ the RX will win with every fan speed.
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600W from the wall, right? You have to factor in efficiency:

600W * 0.87 (Rated efficiency of your PSU @ 120v) = 522W
Yes from the wall. At that load the PSU's efficiency is about 89.5% which comes out to 537W. I don't know about you, but having only 23W headroom (if you had the 560W model you recommended) is cutting it rather close. Considering 5870s use more power than 6950s, you won't have any headroom for power spikes.
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