My current PC is a Ryzen 7 2700, B450 Tomahawk, TR HR-01X with a DIY AM4 mount, Powercolor RX580 Red Devil in a Coolermaster CM690 1st gen. my fan setup is as follows :
Two front intake fans : CM 120mm Blue LED fan in front of the HDDs and CM 120mm Blue LED fan in a CM 4in3 module in 5.25 slots
HR-01X : Silverstone 120x25 globe fan? Its the quietest fan I have and so it went on the HR-01X
Bottom intake : Papst 120x32 fan from 90s vintage
Side intake : Delta 70x10 blowing onto the mobo backplate
Top exhaust : 2x CM 120mm generic fans
Rear exhaust : NMB 120x38, 24V fan running on 12V
two front intake fans, side intake, top exhaust and bottom intake are all running on 7V via a custom adapter.
Here's how it all looks :
Lately I'm getting irritated by the noise it makes, its very evident past 10PM when ambient noise reaches to very low levels. Temperature wise, I'm still running the CPU at stock settings and touch a max of 61* on the CPU, 45* on the VRM. I will be OCing it soon.
My questions :
Do I need to change the orientation of the heatsink i.e., flip it 90*? Is there a benefit or is this fine? I remember even with a TR kit it will be mounted 90* from what I have now. I will have to make a new mount from scratch to get the 90* rotation, although making one will not cost me anything and quite easy.
How many of these fans can I get rid of? I can try running them on 5V but ideally want to get rid of as much fans as possible. I'm on a very tight budget (blew it all on the ryzen upgrade) and so buying any new fans is out of question.
I'm currently using CM mastergel pro TIM for the CPU. Should I change it over to Conductonaut/liquid metal? My RX580 is already on liquid metal and have experience dealing with it. I don't have any better TIM with me and have no means of getting new TIM as of now.