Originally Posted by ciarlatano
The ML120 will get loud, but only because of their speed. They won't be significantly louder (in terms of dB) at like speeds when compared to any other top fan. That said, it is really sound signature that is more important than actual dB output. Some sounds are far more invasive and irritating than others - nails on a blackboard will be perceived as far louder than the sound of the ocean at exactly the same volume. Personally, I don't love the sound of the ML120, I also don't love the fact that it MUST see 12V at all times to work correctly. The NF-F12 is definitely a nicer sounding fan, and performs almost as well as the ML120. The be quiet Silent Wings 3 will outperform either of those at like noise levels, and has the best sound signature of the three. Before the "Arctic P12 is the moar bestest!!!!" posts start....they are a really great budget fan. But, end of the day, that is what they are. A great option if you are looking to save money, but don't come close to the SW3, ML120 or NF-F12 in quality, sound signature or performance at like noise levels.
And.....what did you actually wind up buying?
I'll have to check out the SW3. I ended up getting the ML120 just for the LEDs, went with the straight red ones and not the addressable. I plan to run them lower speeds so we'll see how they sound. If they're too loud then I will switch to the Noctua or be quiet.
I ended up buying everything I put in the list in the first post, it's been edited to be correct. The only difference is I also bought a backplate for the 5700xt. All in all, around $1500 Canadian. Pretty crazy, but getting screwed on currency exchange and shipping is a thing. Also just higher prices in Canadian facing retailers.
Fitting wise, I got 10x compression, 1x M-M 6mm extender, 1x M-M rotary extender, 1x T-joint, 1x ball valve, 2x plugs, 1x 90degree, 1x 45 degree. All from the EK Torque line. They were better priced than the bitspower, I wasn't a huge fan of the bitspower website, I liked the asthetics, and I was already ordering the gpu block from ek so I grabbed them there. Also picked up some odds and ends like a small funnel.
I'll share pictures when it all comes in and when I put it together.
What's the best way to fill the loop? The pump has 2 ports on top, one with a "straw" sticking down. I'm assuming the straw side is for the return line and the other top port is for filling. Do I just hold a funnel in the port and fill it that way?
I'm aware I need to bleed air from the system too, I'm guessing I can do that by keeping that fill hole open for awhile while running the system?