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post #11 of 18
it can be
like WC your cpu and all gpu's
then get a dual 360+ rad with low rpm fans and it quieter
but in my case I have delta fan so it's way to loud for most of you


lets take my 3dfx system for example
both gpu and cpu are WC
got a 240rad and low rpm fans
and it' way quieter now then it was on air
seeing as I removed my 80mm 24v delta fan off the cpu along with the v5.5k fans
and add two low 120mm rpm fans
Edited by 3dfxvoodoo - 3/31/11 at 9:28pm
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Mine is a tad bit more quite, but not when I am folding with the GPU fans at 100%... And my rad is mounted outside.

And I fold 24/7 sooo...

No its not more quite than my old air setup..but I don't care. I can tolerate it. It's very strange when the PC is turned off, you kind of just get used to it being on all the time. Falling asleep with it off is hard, lol.
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post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by giganews35 View Post
Mine is a tad bit more quite, but not when I am folding with the GPU fans at 100%... And my rad is mounted outside.

And I fold 24/7 sooo...

No its not more quite than my old air setup..but I don't care. I can tolerate it. It's very strange when the PC is turned off, you kind of just get used to it being on all the time. Falling asleep with it off is hard, lol.
haha yea when my pc is off i cant sleep im so used the the low humm all my yate loons give. I will say if your folding or boincing on a gpu water cooling is the way to go even high rpms rad fans are not half as loud as most gpu fans.
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post #14 of 18
Like a lot of things, it depends.

At idle and normal mundane usage, like surfing the web, etc., my decently overclocked sig rig is the quietest PC I've owned since the pre Windows95 days.

But, I have about $1000 invested in WC parts and fans.
I also have some time invested in modding my case and tuning PWM control settings for my fans and pumps.

While idling and light use, the sound level from the system is lower than the normal 35-40 db ambient noise in my house, and is completely inaudible from more than about 3 feet from the case.

When I'm running the basic Windows folding client, my fans and pumps speed up slightly to keep my CPU temp under 40ºC. The sound level runs in the 40-42 db range, and is nearly inaudible from 10 feet away, just some very slight air movement noise, no mechanical noise.

During heavy online gaming, with voice communication software and a couple of other things running in the background, the cooling system ramps up a bit, but typically doesn't go above 50 db. The sound doesn't bother me in the least at that point because I've got game sounds pumping out my 7.1 surround sound system, and a headset on for voice communication with my team or guild raid.

Now under max stress running LinX and Furmark at the same time, all my fans ramp up to their full 1900 RPM, and my PWM controlled pumps ramp up to 50%. Then the sound level is about 55-56 db.

I still have some work to do on my case and radiator/fan mountings to improve the performance and lower the sound level under heavy use.

In contrast, the stock air cooler on my GTX470 video card, all by itself, was about 58 db under heavy load.


From what I've seen from researching WC when I was designing my setup, you can build it a lot of ways, but not counting "bling" setups, this is how I see it breaking down if you are trying to water cool a system that is more than moderately overclocked.

You can have:
Cheap and quiet with moderate performance.
Cheap and loud with good performance.
Expensive and quiet with good performance.
Expensive and loud with amazing performance.
Really expensive and quiet with amazing performance.

The biggest problem when discussing noise though is that it is so subjective. Everyone has their own idea of what is quiet and what is noisy.
Even 2 things that have the exact same sound level on a meeter can sound completely different, and be perceived differently by different individuals.

As I have been doing the "noise tuning" of my cooling system, the fan or pump setting I subjectively like the sound of the best for each temperature range is not always the pump or fan speed that results in the lowest sound level on my meter...
Edited by Caleal - 3/31/11 at 10:20pm
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post #15 of 18
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Yeah like I always thought good aircooling is better bang for the buck than WC, plus less headaches an easier to install an maintain. And not much silence either
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Yeah like I always thought good aircooling is better bang for the buck than WC, plus less headaches an easier to install an maintain. And not much silence either
ya WC'ing is a pain to install
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passive rads?
just what size are those passive rads?
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passive rads?
just what size are those passive rads?
It's pretty much impossible unless your running a non OCed CPU and like 2x 480mm rads.

the thing would eventually heat up.
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