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Old August 30, 2010, 09:44 PM
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Purpose of this machine is mainly LOW NOISE. I'm absolutely nuts from my rig.

Main components consist of:
Phenom II X6 1055T
MSI 890FXA-GD70
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all in a Lian Li A70F

Now...the question comes down to method of cooling. Initially I had my sights set on the Noctua D14. However an alternate route would be to buy an AM3 CPU block and watercool the system (since I have everything else). The prices of both options are similar

What do you guys think? Air cooled with the D14? or buy a new block for WC? Key being low noise

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Old August 30, 2010, 09:55 PM
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Waterrrr! Nice case bro good choice. Thought you weren't going to go with MSI though.

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air cooled on the hr02 if it fits the case. also you can get a fanless psu, very expensive though. heck get rid of all moving parts,ssd in there. actually very curious if youll be able to tell if its on or not without any noise :)
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I would go the watercooling route since you already have most the parts. Plus you can always expand you loop for GPU watercooling.
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air cooled on the hr02 if it fits the case. also you can get a fanless psu, very expensive though. heck get rid of all moving parts,ssd in there. actually very curious if youll be able to tell if its on or not without any noise :)
There's a difference between low noise and no noise. A fanless power supply would not only be a very expensive option but is in my opinion, pointless in this build. With psu's generally being quite quiet, spending extra on a low wattage fanless psu in a build that potentially requires a lot of power is useless. If you ever get bothered enough by a power supply's fan, just swap the fan out for a lower rpm model.

Since you already have the parts to complete a w/c loop you might as well get the new block since that'll let you oc, keep the system quiet and get a potentially better oc than using a heatsink.
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I don't think there's much point in going with water for your setup. It's a lot of hassle and you won't benefit much. With that said, the D14 is also massive overkill. I'd go with something more reasonable like the Hyper 212+.
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Old August 30, 2010, 10:26 PM
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There's a difference between low noise and no noise. A fanless power supply would not only be a very expensive option but is in my opinion, pointless in this build. With psu's generally being quite quiet, spending extra on a low wattage fanless psu in a build that potentially requires a lot of power is useless. If you ever get bothered enough by a power supply's fan, just swap the fan out for a lower rpm model.

Since you already have the parts to complete a w/c loop you might as well get the new block since that'll let you oc, keep the system quiet and get a potentially better oc than using a heatsink.
bingo. I'm keeping my Revolution85+ 1050W for this build. Seems like the trends so far is for WC.

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Hrm, I'm going to be devils advocate here and tell you why you shouldnt w/c :P. Maintenance, pump noise and possible leaks. Although in all fairness, I doubt thats much of a concern for you. Heatsink-wise, I don't think the Hyper would be a good idea since its fairly loud when your computer gets going. If you want to be a bit different, slap a nice apartment block on top of your cpu with a Mugen 2 :P. For around $40 iirc, it keeps pretty quiet when used with dual fans. Scythe Mugen-2 CPU Cooler | silentpcreview.com. However, I still think watercooling would be much more interesting and fun for you
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I've been WCing for years now...so yeah I sort of know the pain
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