GeneralI actually switched from Air to Water cooling...Posted:

MrMcfly
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I never thought I'd do it. That whole old dogs and new tricks thing I guess.

The system basics:

AMD Ryzen 7 3800xt
Gigabyte 2070 Super Windforce OC3
Gigabyte X570 Aorus Ultra
32 GB PNY 3200 RAM (216)
Silent Base 801 case with (6) 140mm fans
(4) Pure Wings 2 (f/r) -- (2) Silent wings 3 (top exhaust)

I was running a Noctua NH-C14S with (2) 140mm fans, (only one pictured) which under
most conditions would keep the CPU around 67-72*C under load.
This setup was adequate, but that 3800 chip heated the interior of
the case nicely. My PC made a nice space heater.

https://photos.smugmug.com/Misc/i-4TtnjJ2/0/30b4a23b/L/IMG_1136_heic-L.jpg

I decided to try an AIO... Reasonably priced and a descent performer, I went with the
bequiet! Pure Loop 280... hey, it's a bequiet! case!

The install was very easy, and the whole swap took about an hour. I mounted the
radiator on top as an exhaust with the (2) Silent Wings 3 140mm fans attached.

The Pure loop definitely cleans up the look quite a bit inside the case, and has
reduced interior temps enough to lower the GPU temps about 3*C under load.
The heat pouring out of the back of the case is greatly reduced as well.

https://photos.smugmug.com/Misc/i-6phzxtZ/0/19bccf90/L/IMG_1182_HEIC-L.jpg

https://photos.smugmug.com/Misc/i-xkgGQ8J/0/4ecccd77/L/IMG_1184_HEIC-L.jpg

Noise has barely been reduced, even though there's 2 less fans, Noctuas, which equate to
church mouse farts. I can reduce fan speeds when I'm not running the system hard,
which does quiet things down a bit.

Overall, I am quite impressed with the end result:
CPU temps are about 4*C cooler under load
GPU temps are about 4*C cooler under load
Temp under desk cooler too... bonus.
Cleaner look behind the glass.
Better airflow without the big cooler blocking air flow.
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Solid. You should also get a anti-sag for GPU as it's bending a bit. It can cause a lot of defects in the future. Overall looks good

PS: Maybe get 8gb x 4 ram instead of 16x4.. I think the CL would be better and faster
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Polaris- wroteSolid. You should also get a anti-sag for GPU as it's bending a bit. It can cause a lot of defects in the future. Overall looks good

PS: Maybe get 8gb x 4 ram instead of 16x4.. I think the CL would be better and faster


Thanks.... Appreciate the input. I ordered a gpu brace, and since the PSU is modular I'm
going to go with sleeved cables. Pimp it up a bit.

Maybe 4x16 on the ram down the road....
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