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Build A versus build B (with visual illustration): Which will be cooler?

Emiliano85
  • 4 months ago

Hi guys.

Okay finally i have narrowed down all the components for my new build. Last thing though, is i keep going back and forth between air cooling and having a more "boring" look, or aio cooling with a fantastic looking rig (imo anyway).

Initially i swore to a clean, closed-case look with no rgb. Just a discrete monster of a machine. But underway while doing my research for parts, cases and general setup of a new build (as this is my first), i fell in love with the look of the Lian Li O11 Dynamic. So now i can't make up my mind, one day i wake up ready to order all the parts for setup A, and the next i feel for going all in on setup B.

It must be said that i usually prefer quality over looks, but as i stated the Lian Li case really caught my eye - and if i can manage to keep the performance of my finished setup in that case on par, or only slightly "worse" (hotter) than building in an air cooled Define R6, i would prefer to go for it. But if the setup A below will be much hotter than setup B, i will not risk it and go with the latter, ditching the "good looks" in return of superior performance/cooling.

I know exactly how i want both setups, i simply can't decide which one to go for, and therefore could use a little feedback from some of you with good experience in building. I will not be OC'ing (at least not for now) and will use the machine for everyday work (light to medium video editing, photoshop and normal office use) + some gaming from time to time. Please spare me the "overkill" comments, and save them for another good time :).

These are the components going into the build regardless if i go air or aio (marked with green borders in the illustration further down):

(The numbers in front of each component in this list, is to show location in the illustration found further down via the link)

(1) Motherboard: ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero Wifi x570 (2) CPU: AMD Ryzen 3950x (3) GPU: ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 Ti ROG STRIX OC 11GB (4) Ram: 64 GB G. Skill Trident Z Neo DDR4-3600MHz CL16-19-19-39 (5) Storage: Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB SSD (6) Additional storage: Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB SSD *(7) PSU: Corsair RM850 (2019 model) So this is the base, no matter if i go left and right from here.

Now to the tricky part. I will add the parts from list A if i go aio, or the parts from list B if i go air. All have been marked with yellow borders in the illustrations.

Setup A: Lian Li O11 Dynamic - Water (aio) cooled:

(8A) AIO: Deepcool Castle 360EX - top-mounted (≤17.8 dB) (9A) Rad fans: 3 x 120 mm. specially tuned TF120S PWM stock fans (500~1800 RPM±10%, 64.4 CFM, 2.33 mmAq, ≤32.1 dB) - exhaust (10A) Side/front fans: 3 x 120 mm. Antec Prizm 120 ARGB PWM fans (500~2000 RPM±10%, 45.1 CFM, 2.56 mmAq, ≤32.6 dB) - intake (11A) Bottom fans: 3 x 120 mm. Noctua NF-S12A PWM Chromax fans (700~1200 RPM±10%, 63.2 CFM, 1.19 mmAq, ≤17.8 dB) - intake Thinking of adding 1 x 80 mm. Noctua NF-A8 PWM Chromax fan as exhaust in the back if needed.

Setup B: Fractal Define R6 - Air cooled:

(8B) Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 Chromax (≤0 dB?) (9B) Rad fans: 2 x 140 mm. Noctua NF-A15 HS-PWM Chromax stock fans (max. 1500 RPM±10%, 82.5 CFM, 2.08 mmAq, ≤24.6 dB) (10B) Front fans: 2 x 140 mm. Noctua NF-A14 PWM Chromax fans (max. 1500 RPM±10%, 82.5 CFM, 2.08 mmAq, ≤24.6 dB) - intake (11B) Back fan: 1 x 140 mm. Noctua NF-A14 PWM Chromax fan (max. 1500 RPM±10%, 82.5 CFM, 2.08 mmAq, ≤24.6 dB) - exhaust So to the million dollar question(s):

Which build will be cooler in general? Which build will be quieter in general? What will the estimated differences roughly be in temperatures between the two? Under build A (Lian Li with aio): Would you add a 10th fan in the back (the 80 mm. Noctua NF-A8 PWM Chromax)?

Any (not radical) tweak suggestions are welcome.

Thanks in advance :).

https://imgur.com/Qu8nkwu

Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

I would say the air cooled build. The NH-d15 performs similarly to a 360mm rad while being more silent (no pump).

At that price point you could consider a custom loop.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Either way you’ll be happy imo. If you want the subtle quiet PC it’ll be quieter and more lowkey at the expense of it being flashy and whatnot. Both PCs have more than good enough solutions to cool what you want it to. Personally I’d get the air cooled PC.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

The air cooler NH-D15/r6 will very likely be slightly quieter; the Define R6 is a very well done airflow/quiet compromise, and I'd expect it to be a bit quieter than the Lian Li with fans and pumps.

The hard part here is that both builds would be very nice. I personally have a thing against putting corrosive liquids like H2O in my computer, but that's just me, and I recognize that it's somewhat irrational. So, putting that aside, are you likely to be looking at the box much? The Define R6 is very much of an "I'm a rectangular black PC" look, at least the way I have it (opaque sides), and it lives under the countertops and is neither heard nor seen.

I'm going to go out on a bit of a limb here, and suggest that you do the build that caught your eye - the Lian Li. You can't really go badly wrong either way, so intangibles are entirely appropriate to consider. There is no major quality difference that I can see between the two builds, so why not go with the case that spoke to you...

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