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Hello,
As you can tell i am brand new to this forum, i have however been lurking for a while, and like the helpfullness of the community here. Resently i built my first gaming rig, and really enjoyed the process as a whole. My set up however, is *very* loud. i have a bunch of fans to keep temps low throughout, as well as a gtx 460 hawk sli setup. Because the video cards sit so close together they create a ton of noise, akin to a plane at takeoff . All of my componets are at their stock clocks, but i really want to get into overclocking the cpu as well as the video cards . I would really appreciate advice what water cooling parts you would use, and how you would set them up in a NZXT Phantom case. My goals for this build are primarily a quiet setup, and secondly good temps for O.C.ing I dont have too many qualms with modding the case, but i am also shooting for something not too complicated. my i7-950 is at the 3.06ghz stock and my goal is going to be 4.00ghz.

tl;dr i need a water cooling setup thats quiet for 2 gpu's and a cpu for under $500.
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post #2 of 28
Can you hang a radiator off the back of the case? It would make a world of difference for temperatures.
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post #3 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by Binford2000 View Post
Hello,
As you can tell i am brand new to this forum, i have however been lurking for a while, and like the helpfullness of the community here. Resently i built my first gaming rig, and really enjoyed the process as a whole. My set up however, is *very* loud. i have a bunch of fans to keep temps low throughout, as well as a gtx 460 hawk sli setup. Because the video cards sit so close together they create a ton of noise, akin to a plane at takeoff . All of my componets are at their stock clocks, but i really want to get into overclocking the cpu as well as the video cards . I would really appreciate advice what water cooling parts you would use, and how you would set them up in a NZXT Phantom case. My goals for this build are primarily a quiet setup, and secondly good temps for O.C.ing I dont have too many qualms with modding the case, but i am also shooting for something not too complicated. my i7-950 is at the 3.06ghz stock and my goal is going to be 4.00ghz.
watercooling gtx 460's is kind of pointless imo. they dont really use alot of power and dont really over heat at all. especially msi cards.

but seeing how your goal is 4ghz, i would have to recommend the xspc rasa 750 rs240 kit. it comes with everything you need to build a dual 120mm loop. i have 1 installed on my rig and it does the trick nice. personally though, if you only want 4 ghz you could buy a noctua nh d-14 and acheive 4ghz with it still being quiet and save yourself a ton of money.

here is the link

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11...?tl=g30c83s137
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post #4 of 28
Easy choice would be for 500$ to sell those GTX460s and grab a GTX580. With the money left get a NH-D14. You dont need Water to hit 4.0Ghz.
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post #5 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by ZealotKi11er View Post
Easy choice would be for 500$ to sell those GTX460s and grab a GTX580. With the money left get a NH-D14. You dont need Water to hit 4.0Ghz.
So downgrade? 460 SLI > 580
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post #6 of 28
Considering that an MSI Hawk GTX 460 doesn't even reach 60* on full load, I just don't see watercooling being worth it. It'll easily cost you $200 ALONE to put blocks on both those cards. There's no way you could get a performance increase to justify that.
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Originally Posted by DevilGear44 View Post
Considering that an MSI Hawk GTX 460 doesn't even reach 60* on full load, I just don't see watercooling being worth it. It'll easily cost you $200 ALONE to put blocks on both those cards. There's no way you could get a performance increase to justify that.
This. I'd water cool my CPU to begin with then when you have a card worth cooling you could add it to the loop. No need to spend money without warrant to.
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post #8 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by ZealotKi11er View Post
Easy choice would be for 500$ to sell those GTX460s and grab a GTX580. With the money left get a NH-D14. You dont need Water to hit 4.0Ghz.
this. but like i said, if you still have your heart set on water, you cant go wrong with that rasa kit. its alot of fun.
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post #9 of 28
No matter, I made a list haphazardly anyways:

xspc full cover gtx 460 block x2 ......$150
xspc rasa........................................$50
xpsc 360---------------------------------$85
355 pump.......................................$70
resevoir.........................................$ 50
tubing/fitting/fans/additives.........$50

Total with shipping should put it just under $500
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post #10 of 28
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Thanks for all of the quick response, it's much appreciated. As for the cooler on the back it's completely possible, I was actually thinking of that as a possibility. Part of the reason for wanting to put the 460's under water is that the top card even at stock clocks is quite hot( about 77c when gaming). And again they are very loud. As for swapping out For a 580, the shipping and restocking fees would be quite high, and I would be using about the same power for less performance.
Any opinions on this kit http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12...l=g30c321s1367 ?
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