First off...I'm going deaf due to the mass amounts of cooling fans in my (aging) computer. (An overclocked AMD system cooled by no less that 6x 80mm fans, plus CPU fan, plus chipset & PSU fans.) So...I'm building myself a new computer (mainly for gaming) and I'll be water cooling it as well. Mostly I play WoW and SWG, always with ITunes in the background. I do a fair amount of photoshop as well as watch DVD's while gaming, working and studying. So...I'm looking for anyone who has experience with any of the below listed cooling options to give me real-world volume perceptions (I can read that a fan is rated at 13db all day and not know what it really means).
Second...Mostly I play WoW and SWG, always with ITunes in the background. I do a fair amount of photoshop as well as watch DVD's while gaming, working and studying. Can anyone give me some advice, recommendations, etc...on my planned build? I've been out of the mainstream computer world for ages (due to my various military postings in third world countries)...and beyond advertisement supported/laced review sites...I'm dry on knowledge.
Here's what I'm going for (system):
Case: CoolerMaster WaveMaster, Black, With Window
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI
Processor: Intel Pentium D 820
Memory: 2Gb DDR2-667 (not sure on manufacturer yet)
Video: XFX Geforce 7900GT
Power Supply: Hiper 580W Modular PSU
HD: 200gb SATA
Danger Den CSP-MAG 12v Pump
Danger Den RBX (3-port) CPU Block
2x Danger Den Maze4 Chipset Blocks (for North/South Bridge cooling)
Danger Den NV78 Video Card Block
Danger Den Micro 2 Radiator (for front of case 2-fan intake position)
Danger Den Micro Radiator (for exhaust port position)
3x Cooler Master Ultra Silent Fan (for the radiators)
ThermalTake Aqua Bay Reservoir
I guess, ultimately my questions are:
1) Does anyone have any real-life experience with the fans/pump I listed? Will this system really be quiet?
2) Will the reservoir from TT be big enough (rated capacity 250cc)? (This is my first water cooling experience.)
3) Should these system specs be able to decimate any, currently on the market, game?
4) Most importantly...what am I missing and what could I improve on?
Thanks heaps...I appreciate any help you all are willing to offer.
Edit: On the advice of Mr. Alpha, I looked into the 7900 series instead of 7800's...great advice, about 10 bucks more for a MUCH better card! Thanks!
Edited by Modding Fan, 27 April 2006 - 11:12 AM.