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I am in the process of designing my new build and I would like this one to be as silent as possible. I know liquid would help with that so im looking at liquid cooling.Anyone who liquid cools, any tips for a noob and his first time liquid cooling? Also, where would you buy your parts from. I know theres danger den and frozen cpu, but where else? I've helped friends liquid cool. So I understand you want to leak test, bleed, etc. This will just be my first time doing it.

 

So far, my loop will be res > pump > cpu > radiator > gpu > res. I think it makes sense because I would like the water to cool off from the cpu before going to gpu, instead of carrying the cpu heat through the gpu. If im wrong please correct me. I also know I want 3/8 because its common and easier to deal with. I also want compression fittings because screw clamps.

My case will be big a full tower, so im not worried about space. I will be getting Corsair SP 120 Quiet Edition fans to put on the rad and wherever needed. The rad will be a 4 x 120 rad. I would also like to do a push pull through the rad just so the water is as cool as possible. I plan on overclocking. I dont know if im going Intel or AMD yet, but whatever processor I go, ill be overclocking. The GPU will be a EVGA 780 hydro copper edition. 

 

Thats all I have for you guys, if im missing anything please ask. Try to get this thing completely designed and built digitally and have an idea of it before buying all the parts and building it. Still plan on building the computer first week of october, but I have a feeling It might happen sooner because im impatient.

 

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In my opinion you should just get a sealed block like the Corsair H100. No hassles of running tubes all over the place, checking for leaks, refilling, etc. Completely maintenance free. I've been using an H50 for over 3 years now, no problems whatsoever.

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In my opinion you should just get a sealed block like the Corsair H100. No hassles of running tubes all over the place, checking for leaks, refilling, etc. Completely maintenance free. I've been using an H50 for over 3 years now, no problems whatsoever.

 

I was going to do that, but I want to liquid cool my gpu. The gpu usually is the loudest thing in a tower when the fans ramp up and my 580 has tri fans that kick up when playing bf3 and etc. I would like it if I don't have to hear anything from my computer but fans.

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First off i would recommend the new Haswell I7 instead of AMD if you have the money but that's just what i think :-)

 

When water cooling form what I've heard it doesn't matter what you do in order like CPU first etc. I would suggest watching LinusTechTips he just did a new video called 'Overkill' build where he did a full build and explains water cooling in depth at one point. Good luck. 

 

I recently got a H100i as I'm too lazy to do a full water cooling rad ;) 

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Check out overclock.net, they got all the info you need, I say go for CLC and best wishes :)

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Some of the most silent coolers are air coolers, just so you know. A single high-efficiency fan can effectively be more silent than the 2 fans + pump of a typical liquid cooler. Check out http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Noctua/NH-U14S/6.html for an example of where air coolers beat liquid coolers on noise.

 

As for video cards, some have very silent air coolers as well. The MSI Twin Frozr IV design that they use for their GTX 700 series models is pretty much dead silent, even under load; check out http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GeForce_GTX_760_TF_Gaming/26.html . I've built a PC with two of these cards in SLI where one the main objectives was silence, and I can say mission accomplished. I can sleep 1,5m from the thing and I can barely hear it.

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I agree on the H100. Great investment,

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I was going to do that, but I want to liquid cool my gpu. The gpu usually is the loudest thing in a tower when the fans ramp up and my 580 has tri fans that kick up when playing bf3 and etc. I would like it if I don't have to hear anything from my computer but fans.

 

Get a GTX Titan then. It doesn't make much noise.

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Would you say water cooling is worth it?

 

I have my new rig stuff today, so could get the PC up and running today but it won't be water cooled.  I have the chance to import a water cooler from the USA (only one company does the size I need), the total cost being around

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Well its not per-say "water" cooling, although you could use certain waters.  Its good to train yourself to say liquid cooling, but anyways to me its not worth it, but it is fun and different.  I prefer air cooling, but if you are going liquid go with a custom loop..  Its more designed/customizable to your needs/case..

 

I just think its nuts to have all this liquid running by my 2K priced stuff lol..  Only reason why I dont want to do it..

 

Like I said above Neowin we got a lot of experienced users, but not much with liquid cooling and thats why if you want suggestions/advice/ask if its worth it or not go to Overclock.net

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