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Hey guys, I need some advice on quieting down my rig. I fold 24/7, and the noise is driving my lady friend insane. My case is an NZXT Phantom. My setup used to be a pair of 1900RPM Slip Steam fans on a Mugen 2 (I've heard that these fans aren't great for that purpose), a 140mm as front intake, and then the included fans from the Phantom. In an attempt to quiet things down, I switched to the single stock fan on my heatsink and removed the side intake fan that blew directly on the hard drives. My core temperatures have gone up by about 3-4c.

With summer coming up, I want to keep things as cool as possible, without things becoming noisy. The options I'm considering are:

My first (and cheapest) option is to get some Gentle Typhoons for my Mugen 2. I've heard that these do a great job compared to other fans in the same RPM range, and I've read that they are quieter than the Slip Streams. Could I expect any significant improvement in cooling at the same noise level?

Second, I could repalce my Mugen 2 with the Noctua D14. If I used the stock fans, could I expect any improvement in temperatures without an increase in noise? I've read good reviews of this cooler, but have no experience with it myself. I could always throw some Gentle Typhoons on there at a later date. I'm kind of hesitant to do this.

The last option (and most expensive, eep!) would be to get one of the Rasa water cooling kits. If I went this route, I'm assuming I would end up getting a bunch of Gentle Typhoons to cool the radiator anyways. I can't really afford to build a custom loop, which I know would be the most effective cooling, so this is about as far as I could go into water cooling.

Also, is it worth trying to find a place with the AP-15s in stock, or should I just grab the AP-14s?

Thanks guys.
    
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If you really want to quite down the system and still have good temps, then the rasa option is your best bet. Even though the rasa kits aren't as good as a custom loop, they do a decent job of cooling and with some gentle typhoons, it will be much quiter than air cooling. The first option isn't bad either if you want to go the cheaper route. As for which gentle typhoons to get, the usual advice is to do ap-14s stock or ap-15s with a fan controller. You could also put your case fans on the fan controller and slow them down to decrease noise.
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I'd recommend an ND14 or a SA. Great fans on both, and quite excellent cooling performance.
    
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If you really want to quite down the system and still have good temps, then the rasa option is your best bet. Even though the rasa kits aren't as good as a custom loop, they do a decent job of cooling and with some gentle typhoons, it will be much quiter than air cooling. The first option isn't bad either if you want to go the cheaper route. As for which gentle typhoons to get, the usual advice is to do ap-14s stock or ap-15s with a fan controller. You could also put your case fans on the fan controller and slow them down to decrease noise.
Thanks. I'm thinking the same thing. I do have my fans on a fan controller now, so I would go with the AP-15s (if I can find them in stock anywhere). I'll probably start out with the Gentle Typhoons and then get the Rasa kit in June when things start to heat up.

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You haven't posted your RAM. If it isn't too tall, you could put an SA on there. You're more likely to find that in stock than an AP-15.
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You haven't posted your RAM. If it isn't too tall, you could put an SA on there. You're more likely to find that in stock than an AP-15.
My RAM isn't tall at all. What is an SA...?
    
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My RAM isn't tall at all. What is an SA...?
Silver Arrow. A full tower cooler. Cools a fraction of a degree better than a D14, but is 3-4dB quieter. It will just barely go over Ripjaws RAM (43-44mm). The D14, OTOH, can go with taller RAM.

They are available right now, whereas you'll have to wait for an AP-15 that's not significantly overpriced.
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Why not get the noise canceling foam stuff?
http://www.foamorder.com/acoustic.html
    
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Why is your PC in the kitchen?
    
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Silver Arrow. A full tower cooler. Cools a fraction of a degree better than a D14, but is 3-4dB quieter. It will just barely go over Ripjaws RAM (43-44mm). The D14, OTOH, can go with taller RAM.

They are available right now, whereas you'll have to wait for an AP-15 that's not significantly overpriced.
Did some reading on this thing - seems like it would definitely do the job. Thanks.
    
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