Maybe sticking with the watercooling would be an idea.
It had crossed my mind, but the main issue is space. My current case is a large server model, basically two large ATX cases stuck together. It's brilliant for water cooling, but I am moving to a smaller house and want to save space.
Might just have to go with it though. Or should I say, wait until DangerDen produce an 8800 Ultra compatible waterblock. Since all my kit is DD and all 1/2" ID tubing, there is really no other option. The two new blocks would be around Â£120 total.
Having just one fan running is bad enough.
I don't think it's necessarily a problem to have lots of fans. I mean, as I said my current system has three 120mm fans and two 92mm fans, all at 5V. The system is basically silent - push the power button and a light comes on, otherwise nothing.
In theory, you it should be possible to run the system on the same fans with air alone. Water cooling helps concentrate the heat of the two hottest components on the radiator where a single 120mm fan cools them both easily, but in the end it's the same amount of heat overall.
Currently I am running a X2 4200+, idling at 38C, and a 7800GT idling at 46C. Neither gets above 50 under load.
That's basically the point of this thread too:
Yeah, I read that one too. The people arguing that air should be as good as water must not have actually tried water I think. Sure, the theory is there, but water is so much easier to cool quietly.
With most new-ish Socket 775 motherboards there should be enough space to fit a HR-03 Plus and fan above the graphics card.
Presumably the fan is pulling down. Wouldn't this just pull air off the CPU, which is going to be slightly warmer air? Also, with the heatsink on top, it will be out of the direct path of the front intake fan.
I will try it anyway. To be honest, the stock cooler may be the way to go. It is pretty quiet anyway, and can be quieter with some tweaking. Whenever the GPU ramps up I will have speakers/phones on anyway, and the P182 is amazingly good at dampening noise anyway. The major advantage is, it exhausts out the back of the case.
Someone needs to make something like a Ninja for a GPU, with the fan vertical and blowing out the back. The heatsinks could be massive and cool everything, just like a stock cooler. Four or five bays taken up is fine (that's what the HR-03 uses anyway and most people only need one PCI slot for a soundcard) and a built in shroud would ensure all heat is sent straight out the back of the case. Maybe I should try to make something, it looks doable with heatpipes: