A year and a half ago, I made my first real custom pc. Back then I played lots of FPS games, so my priority was power over productivity. But now, more than ever, I find myself being ever so frustrated with the noise of my pc. It's quieter than other "powerhouse" machines. But I would like to quell the aggressive hum of fans...
Although my main goal was power, I still have some "quiet" parts:
Lian Li Quiet Aluminum PC Case PC-6070
Zalman CNPS7000B-ALCU Quiet Case Fan
(cooling a P4 3.0 Ghz processor)
ATI AIW 9800 Pro
But my computer still generates enough sound to wake me up in the morning and keep me up at night... I would give a dB reading if I had a
I've been thinking about water cooling -- especially the
zalman reserator 2
But it's got a big price tag and I'm not sure if it's going to be the answer to the noise problems...
Also, my computer cpu temp is 140 F at idle, and 160 F at load! (motherboard at 120 F at idle). It tends to get really hot, and my fans still are cooling it enough....
I would just appreciate any input on the effectiveness of the reserator, (is it worth it to quiet an existing pc?) and any other input on my loud pc!