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How silent can you get on water without melting stuff?

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by Fluff_eei, 28 May 2006.

  1. Fluff_eei


    Joined: 6 Aug 2005

    Posts: 126

    Location: West Sussex

    Hi guys,

    I've let my finances accumulate without my knowledge, and so am looking to start me a project I've always fancied: water cooling. This is not so much for performance reasons as for silence, definitely bragging rights, and just the fun of setting it all up. I'm doing plenty of research into cases (need a new one) and individual components, however wanted opinions on noise specifically. I'd love to run my rig on the Reserator 1+, but it is said it wont cope with the heat outputted by my x1900xt and my 3000+ oc'd by 600mhz. Is that true? How silent can I physically get without running into stability issues, connecting my CPU and GPU to the water cooling system? Am I going to need more than one active fan, or can I get away with a large radiator with no fans? The radiator seems to be the bit that makes noise, what's the best set up? Are pumps noisey? Or is it just not a solution for noise?

    Sorry everythings a bit jumbled, thanks in advance,

  2. Jokester


    Joined: 7 Aug 2003

    Posts: 41,088

    Location: Aberdeenshire

    You can quite easily get to the point with quiet 120mm fans that either your hard drives or PSU will be the noisest items in your PC.

  3. dillingerdan


    Joined: 27 Jan 2005

    Posts: 409

    Location: Worcestershire

    I'm not sure on the specifics of the Zalman but you will be able to or can buy a 140mm fan that sits ontop of the tower and cools it, which would likely add some extra needed cooling to it, but its not really a performance kit.

    I'd get a Thermochill rad and some Nexus Fans (I am going to use these on mine) which are apparently excellent for noise being practically inaudible. If there is turbulence noise from the air moving though the rad you can add a shroud which should stop that and also add to cooling perfromance in a small way.

    Pumps can be noisy but they aren't a major issue, especially the D5 pump apparently, just do some research first, as older models can make a racket.
  4. MikeTimbers


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 6,964

    Location: New Eltham, London

    The best way to get a silent kit is to use some ear-plugs! Once you start trying to get silence, you will be at it for ever. There's always something making noise unless you turn it off.
  5. DoubleCheese

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 26 Jun 2005

    Posts: 1,482

    Or put on some headphones...