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    Please critique this proposed watercooling set-up

    It's about time for a new PC build and this time I thought I'd finally make the jump to watercooling. I'll be building a Threadripper-based system (either 1900X or 1920X) and I've considered an AIO, from either Swiftech or EK (which should be arriving by the end of the year), but rather than wait for those to launch I thought I might as well opt for a custom loop.

    So....given that this is fresh territory for me, I thought it best to run it past people who know before actually buying anything. Below is a list of the main components I've settled on right now and if anything stupid or sub-par jump out at you I'd be grateful to hear your thoughts.

    Waterblock: XSPC Raystorm or EK SupremacyPrimoChill (depending on price & availability)
    Radiator: Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 Full Copper 420mm
    Fans: 3 x NB eLoop B14-PS (1200rpm/24dB)
    Pump/Reservoir: XSPC D5 Bay Reservoir, EK DBAY D5 or Alphacool Eisfach
    Tubing: Soft 16/10 tubing, EK or PrimoChill
    Hose Fittings: EK-ACF Compression Fittings
    Cooling Liquid: Whatever's easily available

    Does this look like a competent set-up?

    My primary concerns are silent operation and dependability, not overclocking (or I wouldn't be building a TR4 system, although I would like to run it at 4GHz). Given that, I'd like your thoughts on whether I can step down to the 900rpm NB eLoops and still retain sufficient cooling, or if I'd be better with the ones listed? Any other thoughts you may have would of course be very welcome.

    - B

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    Re: Please critique this proposed watercooling set-up

    You could get the faster fans and throttle them down to a slower speed if they're too loud, using a fan controller or the fan control on your motherboard

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    Re: Please critique this proposed watercooling set-up

    That's true, but I'd prefer not to use controllers of any kind and rather get the "right" fans right away. If at all possible, of course.

    Having no experience with radiators I don't know what kind of fan performance is required, but I decided on the radiator in question because it is optimised for low noise fans. I just have no idea how low noise I can go and still retain the necessary cooling power.

    3 x 24dB fans should be fine in any case, but obviously 3 x 19dB (or whatever it is) would be even better if I can get away with it.

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    Re: Please critique this proposed watercooling set-up

    Most motherboards come with fan controllers built into their software these days. I just swapped out my closed loop fans with some Corsair magnetic bearing jobbies, and whilst less rattly, they spin faster, until I calibrated them in the BIOS and now it's deathly quiet.

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