- 4 months ago
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 :).