Let me introduce you to my lastest "SILENT" water cooled rig. Known to me as "SilverSilence"
. This project has taken many hours/days/months. But it's finally here and I'm very happy. It has meet my dreams of silence and has exceeded any expectations of performance. And when I say "SILENT" I mean it. I'll explain as we go. (I also posted this on theOCAU forums
Complete inside shot. Looks like a normal watercooled setup. But in time you will see it's far, far from that.
Another inside shot. As you can see it's a very open design. No cable mess and very tidy.
Dual radiator setup! It's a LA (Little Arse) and it's big bro the BBA (Big Big Arse). Fit's in perfectly! Of course this case has been fully gutted.
Home made Hard Drive WaterBlock. Info can be foundhere
. If you have a look at the other pictures you will see a box under the PSU. That's where the hard drive lives. I must say that I'm extremely happy how this block performs. As I type it's sitting on 33 degrees. It rarely get over 40, even under load. Max it's ever hit was 45 degrees under load, on a 41 degree day! And the computer was sitting on top of my desk. Also dont forget people the hard drive lives inside a box! (for the record i've seen hard drives in a normal case setup easily get to 55 degrees on an average hot day). So I'm very happy to say the least. Original plan was to cool it enough so it doesn't die inside a box. Now I can say it runs "cool".
Here is a close up of the pump, home made reservoir with filter
, CPU and GPU waterblocks. Originally I wanted to incase the pump in a box to cut out the noise that the pump makes. However due to space restraints. I had to make do with foam walls. Mind you it still does the job well enough! (only when the computer is on the foor though).
Fishished shot. You will see the res is perfect for filling and draining the water. The case was originally an Aopen HX08 full tower. The front panel has been painted a silver colour. As you will see (below) it is the same paint as I used to paint my desk. So it matches perfectly
Add a fan bus controler and the setup is complete
. Original plan was to cut 2 x 120mm holes in the side of the case. It would fit perfectly over my BBA rad. However as I'm building a "silent" system, and to my surprise it performs very well without fans turned on. I quicky decided that I could make do without the extra fans. I mean, it's not like I really ever planned to turn them on much anyway or EVER for that matter!!! It was bascially for backup. Just in case for some reason I needed to cool the system quickly.
The case is neatly tucked away under my desk. No mess, no fuss... And in case you are wondering the side panel (see picture above, above) has been removed. Because I need air to flow naturally around the BBA radiator. And the air at ground level is quite cool. You didn't think I would leave the radiator to suffocate without natural airflow did you?
(I should also tell you that I'm planning to build a sound proof box to house a CD drive in. It will be placed next to my CD collection, as seen in the picture. ATM I dont really need a CD drive as this PC is networked to another computer).
Fans and Airflow
Well first I should tell you I VERY rarely ever turn on any fans in the whole system. I dont need to! The only fan that runs continually is the fan in the PSU. It is an Artic Cool 80mm temperture fan. I run it at 5 Volts and spins at around 800 rpm - 1200 rpm. Moves jack all air and is "SILENT". The PSU is a Seasonic Super Silencer 400w. Because the PSU is so efficient it needs very little airflow! With even the tiniest amount of aiflow it stays surprisingly VERY cool!!! For the record, it does get way too hot without any airflow! (I did test it).
Only other 2 fans in the system are 1) a 120mm Panaflow fan in the front panel. It's too noisly for my liking at even 5 volts. So I never turn it on! 2) is a 92mm Zalman I placed at the back of the case near the northbridge/CPU and back of video card. It just sits in there. Again I rarely turn it on! However they are there when I need them. If I'm playing a game and dont want the system to get too hot. I just turn both fans to 5 Volts. It's very easily. And of course turn them both off as soon as i can, LOL...
* Cascade CPU waterblock
* Pixel Ice GPU waterblock
* Ehiem 1250 Pump
* Home made reservoir with filter(more info and pictures here)
* Home made Hard Drive waterblock(more info and pictures here)
* Little Arse Radiator
* Big Big Arse Radiator
(These Radiator "titles" have been given their name on OCAU forums, LA I believe was from a Corolla, BBA was from an 80's Commodore. Both where bought new from radiator places)
I LOVE silence! As some of you may know water cooling does not always equal silence! This project was not about making a quieter system. It was all about making a "SILENT" system and i'm talking in terms of "inaudible", like under 10 decibells for the WHOLE system.