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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 9:31 pm 
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I've read that water cooling a system with the p182 can be difficult. Are there any recommendations for silent cases that are WC friendly?

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The thing about watercooling is that it's an efficient way of moving heat away from GPUs/CPUs/whatever to *somewhere else*... but you're still going to need to dissipate that heat into the room or out of the window, to prevent your stuff from overheating. Regular watercooling uses radiators with fans to get rid of the heat into the room... so you've still got fans and their associated noise to deal with. It's no doubt quieter having a couple of large, slow, quiet fans on a radiator than it is having lots of small noisy fans (e.g. stock CPU heatsinks and GPU coolers). But to get really really quiet watercooling, you just use a huge resevoir/radiator to get rid of the heat outside the case, passively.

Zalman's Reserator series are good for this. I've used one for many years with great success/quietness. There are cheaper roll-your-own options too, but Reserators work well and (IMHO) look great, off the shelf - good for lazy people like me. :)

In case of using external radiators, all the case needs to provide is two (preferably grommetted) holes to pass through the back/top of it - one for outwards and one for the return flow from your radiator.

After saying all that, I'm probably going to try aircooling for my next rig. I love my Reserator but fear it might not be able to cope with a Core i7 combined with a modern (i.e. hot!) graphics card... and then there's the faff of having a less mobile PC and worrying about leaks during setup etc.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 1:30 pm 
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i h20 cool with a p182, what's so hard about it


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If you want to do a little bit of work, it's fairly easy to modify most cases to place the radiator outside. People mount 2x120mm, 2x140mm, 3x120mm, and other radiators on top of the case or bolted to the side. That lets you use a simple midtower like the Antec 300. Saves you some money, too.

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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 9:35 pm 
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Remember Silent is what fans you use. The case can help a little but I have found that what type of fans you use is far more important.

Lian Li A70, A71, A7010, A7110, A77

Cooler Master HAF932, Cosmos S

Silverstone TJ07

Mountian Mods Cube Cases

All these cases require no or very little modding to fit 120.3 or 120.4 rads in.

I think it would be easier if we knew what you were trying to cool. A low power CPU\GPU may only need a 120.2 but a i7 + GTX295 would need 120.4 or more.


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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 9:33 pm 
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I do not know if any of these are heavy steel cases. I know lian-li 's are normally all Al.

most on here opt for heavy steel for its low resonance.


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