Cool and "relatively" quiet Lian Li

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PhilW
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Cool and "relatively" quiet Lian Li

Post by PhilW » Sat Nov 13, 2010 12:11 am

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This rig is based on a heavily modded vintage Lian Li PC70USB aluminum casing with the following key hardware;
- AMD Athlon II X3 440
- Biostar TA890GXE v.5.2
- 2 x 2GB OCZ AMD Black Edition DDR1600
- WD Velociraptor 150GB
- Asus 8800GTS 320MB
- Corsair HX620W

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The CPU, GPU and NB are watercooled via the following components;
- Swiftech Apogee
- Swiftech MCW60 v.2
- Swiftech MCW30
- Swiftech MCP350
- Swiftech MCR320
- Swiftech MCR120
- XSPC bay reservoir
- Artic cooling F12 PWM x 4

We managed to unlock the CPU to four cores running at 3.375GHz stock voltage with AMD's Cool & Quiet performing load balancing in the background. GPU performance is also moderated on the fly using MSI Afterburner. CPU load temp barely hit high 30s running Prime95 with an ambient temp of around 30c. GPU is not tested since this is primarily a Web surfing rig.

To further balance noise and cooling performance, all 120mm fans are throttled via CPU load through the motherboard's fan controller and monitored from a front LCD panel . Further noise damping is implemented using Akasa Paxmate, though the foam is used primarily to conceal cables.

Real-time LCD monitoring in action -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbjNVtilEwE

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On the whole, the rig is "relatively quiet" with a mild audible low humming noise from the pump within close range. This is usually drowns out by other ambient noise when the casing is positioned under the desk. Custom airbrushed a window and added a LED fan for impromptu leak inspection. The LCD on the top right is displaying coolant temp.

itwassooted
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Re: Cool and "relatively" quiet Lian Li

Post by itwassooted » Mon Nov 15, 2010 3:28 am

It looks pretty...

but kinda overkill cooling system don't ya think?

And primary web-browsing... arghh....

could build something cheaper, quieter, better, but probably not as pretty... but then again... depends what you consider good-looking.

PhilW
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Re: Cool and "relatively" quiet Lian Li

Post by PhilW » Mon Nov 15, 2010 5:08 am

itwassooted wrote:It looks pretty...

but kinda overkill cooling system don't ya think?

And primary web-browsing... arghh....

could build something cheaper, quieter, better, but probably not as pretty... but then again... depends what you consider good-looking.
Most of the components are inherited from my gaming rig. This machine is used by my wife for light computing, hence the low-cost Athlon X3 processor. The powerful cooling system also allows us to run it much quieter with decent overclocking to stretch the dollars.

Phil

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Re: Cool and "relatively" quiet Lian Li

Post by Hayate19XX » Mon Nov 15, 2010 5:33 am

Isn't that logo from Gurren Lagann? :D

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“Edel Schwarz“, Idles at 28-29c, Case: BitFenix Prodigy, MB: ASUS P8Z77-I DELUXE, CPU: Intel i7 3770K (4.7GHz), Cooler: Noctua NH-D14, OS: Samsung 830 256GB, Storage: x2 Western DIgital 1.5TB WD15EARS, RAM: x2 4GB Samsung 30nm DDR3-1600 DDR3L (2133MHz 1,65V) PSU: SeaSonic X-660, LCD: Samsung PX2370, Fans: x1 Thermalright TY-140, Bitfenix Spectre LED 230.

PhilW
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Re: Cool and "relatively" quiet Lian Li

Post by PhilW » Mon Nov 15, 2010 6:14 am

Hayate19XX wrote:Isn't that logo from Gurren Lagann? :D

Yummy <3
Spot on..

Phil

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Re: Cool and "relatively" quiet Lian Li

Post by Jipa » Sat Nov 27, 2010 2:31 am

Very pretty, and it's easy to imagine it's reasonably quiet as well.

I'm really liking the "floating" temperature meter, I'm so gonna steal that idea when I have next project with a side window :lol:
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Re: Cool and "relatively" quiet Lian Li

Post by PhilW » Tue Nov 30, 2010 8:41 am

Jipa wrote:Very pretty, and it's easy to imagine it's reasonably quiet as well.

I'm really liking the "floating" temperature meter, I'm so gonna steal that idea when I have next project with a side window :lol:
Thanks and go ahead and implement my temp meter idea.

Phil

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Re: Cool and "relatively" quiet Lian Li

Post by RoGuE » Tue Nov 30, 2010 2:22 pm

Holy LEDs batman!

Sexy, yes. Overkill, yes. It's kinda a shame this water block is going to such an unnecessary cause..but nice build nonetheless.

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