I currently have a fairly quiet setup:
Phenom 965 C2 - stock
Zalman CNPS10x Flex with 2 Scythe S-Flex E fans running at 600rpm (increasing dependent on temp using SpeedFan)
Gigabyte Radeon 4870 1GB with Zalman GV1000 cooler
Coolermaster 690-II Advanced Case
1 x 140mm Coolermaster intake fan - 540rpm -> Max dependent on temp
1 x 140mm Coolermaster exhaust fan - 540rpm -> Max dependent on temp
1 x 120mm Coolermaster exhaust fan - 660rpm -> Max dependent on temp
During general use the system is very quiet, and when idling, all that can be heard is the spinning of the hard disks. With an ambient temp of 20c, idle temp is 26-27c and load temp is 51c.
I am contemplating splashing out on a watercooling setup to keep the system running quiet all of the time, even under load.
I have two watercooling systems in mind:
1. Zalman Reserator1 V2 with GPU RAM and NB coolers - Â£180
2. Swiftech custom kit consisting of:
Swiftech Apogee GTZ: Â£45.95
Swiftech MCP 655 Pump: Â£ 65.91
Swiftech MCR220 QPK Radiator: Â£29.34 - 1 to start with just for CPU
Swiftech MCRES: Â£17.99
Total: Â£159.19 plus coolant and tubing
Then once I have the lot setup, I will go on to WC the GPU and chipset:
Second MCR220 QPK Radiator: Â£29.34
Swiftech MCW60: Â£39.95
I would then get either just one Swiftech MCW30 for the Northbridge, or get a second for the Southbridge too - Â£18.95 each
Total: Â£107.19 plus tubing
So my question is before contemplating this anymore, is will either of these kits be quieter than I have now? If so would the second more expensive kit be any better than the Reserator (ie would the reserator handle a Phenom 965 and a 4870).
I am more interested in silence than overclocking potential.
In essence, should I stick to air or carry on down this line of thought?