First quarter of 2019 best air cooling setup
Hello everyone. It is nice to become a member of this awesome, no-nonsense community after consuming thousands of lines of amazing content and guides written here. Although, I consider myself an advanced, enthusiast PC user, I understand that my knowledge in regard to the topic is far below the level I am trying to reach. Therefore, I would like to cheat a little by asking for help and advice from the more experienced and knowledgeable enthusiast members of the forum.
I am planning a new, extreme (quite overkill in some of its parts) rig (my 7th in 20 years) for gaming (8-10 hours per day) and, maybe, some hobby-level editing. The only constant variable in it being that it must be completely air cooled. The aim here is to have the best possible gaming performance on a single gpu with the ability to upgrade parts later. The PSU, case and all the cooling parts I would like to last and be optimal for a generation or two after this one. However, that is not mandatory.
The challenge I am faced with is this: what exact combination of case, case fans, CPU heatsink and heatsink fans would provide the best of the best (or within 1% of that) performance to noise ratio when trying to cool BOTH GPU and CPU?
The only thing I want to avoid while trying to achieve that is case modding aka drilling. However, I am ok with doing a lot of other modding like changing out a GPU cooler/thermal paste, changing out the fans on a heatsink, delidding a CPU (a must for me), removing a case PSU shroud etc.
I would prefer the build to look nice if it is a windowed case, however I would prefer more not to have to sacrifice any of the performance/noise ratio to the internal looks. A windowless case is good or even better as I won't have to worry about the looks in the future as I upgrade my parts.
I also would prefer to use a tried and true setup. I am not very fond of experimenting with case airflow for weeks/months.
Money is not an issue at all, there is no budget.
The parts list I have come up with so far:
CPU: i9 9900k (pre binned, looking for the best I can find on various overclocking forums, preferrably about 1.136v at 5 Ghz, 1.232v at 5.2 Ghz)
CPU cooling mod: 9900k der8auer direct die oc frame with liquid metal on CPU die
Ram: 32 (2x16) Gb of Ram (also prebinned, will be overclocked up to 1.5v max)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus Gene XI
Storage: ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 512GB 500gb x1 + Samsung 860 Evo 1TB, SATA x2
PSU: Seasonic Prime Titanium Ultra 1000W
GPU: RTX 2080 Ti EVGA FTW3 Ultra with liquid metal (one of the highest max OC wattage while also having one of the beefiest coolers and an almost unvoidable warranty)
My personal thoughts so far:
1. Heatsink and fans
The heatsink must be compatible with the direct die oc frame and must have nickel plated copper finish (so as not to have any issues with liquid metal). As far as I know being compatible means its height must be adjustable. The support at caseking.de has confirmed be quiet Dark Rock Pro 4 to be compatible. I haven't done much research on the compatibility of other heatsinks. I know that Thermalright Le Grand Macho RT with its included fan would probably be better.
GPU coil whine is a lottery. Therefore, I would prefer the case to have dampening material as it is supposed to help reduce the noise (however, I must admit, I have no experience with case dampening). I know that such cases usually have restricted airflow but I might be prepared to sacrifice some in order to eliminate possible coil whine noise.
Also, I would prefer to have the fan on my PSU running constantly. Just for the peace of mind.
My longtime consideration has been the original Dark Base 900 (non-Pro). First, I would invert it. Then I would test whether the CPU/GPU temps are better with an extra fan installed in the front or top (blowing down on the GPU). Then try 4 intake fans (3 in the front, 1 in the top). Then I would test whether CPU/GPU temps are better with the PSU facing up or down (I would prefer it facing up so that its fan noise is reduced by the case's dampening). I would still probably change out the fans for something like Phanteks PH-F140MP or Thermalright TY 14* as from what I read, they are superior. Still, I realise that this is already a lot of experimenting which I prefer to avoid altogether.
Again, I want your suggestions guys. I heard the new Evolv X is awesome? Really, I am open to anything.
3. Case fans
Phanteks PH-F140MP or Thermalright TY 14*? Or maybe something I haven't read about yet.
Last edited by Praegrandis; 01-25-2019 at 07:12 AM.