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Am I making a mistake if I don't water cool my new build?
Old 4 days ago
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Am I making a mistake if I don't water cool my new build?

Am i making a mistake if I don't water cool my I9 9900k/Protools build?
I typically put my builds in rack mount cases, but I'm wondering if I should go for a case that allows for water cooling, since the goal is to build a mix computer.

When I have more time I"ll spec out the build here for opinions/advice
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Nope. Get a Noctua and be done.

There are various shootouts on youtube where Noctua coolers outperform watercooling in both temp and noise.
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Nope. Get a Noctua and be done.

There are various shootouts on youtube where Noctua coolers outperform watercooling in both temp and noise.
Cool, That was my plan with the rack case.

Thanks bro.
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Cool, That was my plan with the rack case.

Thanks bro.
No worries!

I’m sitting between two of them as I type this and can’t hear a thing....
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Id probably say if ur gonna mix in the room, get some Be Quiet fans, really nice and silent.
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Id probably say if ur gonna mix in the room, get some Be Quiet fans, really nice and silent.
From what I've read, when things heat up, they don't tend to cool as well as Noctua fans (and comparable Noctua fans are barely louder at speed). Just depends on the needs/goals. I'd personally recommend Noctua first, unless you're building a "silent PC" - but you shouldn't be getting a heat pig like the 9900K in the first place, and then you could go with a fanless PSU, too. Etc.
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From what I've read, when things heat up, they don't tend to cool as well as Noctua fans (and comparable Noctua fans are barely louder at speed). Just depends on the needs/goals. I'd personally recommend Noctua first, unless you're building a "silent PC" - but you shouldn't be getting a heat pig like the 9900K in the first place, and then you could go with a fanless PSU, too. Etc.
I have the 3 Noctura fans and they arent as quiet as advertised. I had to disconnect the front one(120mm) cuz it was too noisy. I get 30C with just the back noctura fans pulling hot air out the PC. i would just love a near silent PC and the Be Quiet are good enough for my friends PC. Noctura is good though no lie.
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I've had a Noctua NH D15 for about 7 years now. Cools a very hot running i7 3930K.

Knock on wood, it's protected my CPU extremely well. I overclock it to 4.2ghz without speedstep, so I'm sure it gets hot in there. Never had a single issue. I had a water cooler before (Antec Kuhler H2O series... whatever was out 7 years ago), and there would be times my overclock failed due to heat periodically.
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With a custom water cooler kit you can place the radiator/pump into another room.
With a big radiator you can run it passive or semi-passive with very slow/big RPM fans.



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If you are transporting your computer to various places on a regular basis, maybe an AIO would be better as there is less stress on the CPU socket.

Otherwise air is a good as water cooled AIO if not better. Also cheaper and fewer points of failure.
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Nope. Get a Noctua and be done.

There are various shootouts on youtube where Noctua coolers outperform watercooling in both temp and noise.
This!

I just ripped out a failed water cooler out of one of mine... lasted 5 years... but still
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+1 for Noctua fans, used them for years without issue, save perhaps aesthetics in certain builds where that may be a factor. I doubt that's a concern here
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