I'm planning out my next computer which I hope to build in the next few weeks. It will be in my P128B case w/ Phantom 500 PSU and Noctua fans. I'm pretty set on a "IntelÂ® Boxed Core(tm) 2 Duo Processor E6850" and am still hunting for a nice motherboard. I've decided that for the moment a 4 core doesn't give me anything I really need.
This will be a gaming and home work machine, but I want something that's both powerful AND quiet. REAL quiet. My apartment is very quiet. There's no TV or radio running normally, no forced air heating fan sounds, and outside is quiet too. Floor is linoleum tiles with no carpeting so it would reflect sound. I'm convinced that I can get air cooling quiet to work on my CPU of choice, with some effort. I am NOT convinced I can get a beefing gaming graphics card such as an 8800 GT??? quiet with air cooling. Soooo, I"m pondering liquid cooling. Say, a Reserator XT. IF I make that decision though, the question comes up (so why not cool the Northbridge and CPU with it as well?) Then of course the issue of noise comes up; the fan in the XT is not quiet, and they're using fin and tube radiators instead of crossflow radiators. The idea of building my own XT equivalent has crossed my mind, as has just saing screw it and swearing off computers for the rest of my life
. Neither seems really viable.
So has anyone here actually used, seen, or heard an XT in action? One question I'm pondering is the viability of swapping in some real crossflow radiators on a new XT. Not cost efficient but... THe other thought I've had is trying to adapt cooler fans to the XT. Say a couple 120MM Noctuas to replace the single Zalman 140mm.
I suppose I could also just put a carboard box filled with foam over the XT but that would cover up it's good lucks.
Please help. Commiserate. Or even sell me a lightly used XT for experimentation