Tape measure is good Just how much room did you have? you may be able to go to a thicker and quieter as well as higher performing rad. Rec on the Alphacool NexXxos rad as it is still quiet slim as I don't believe you could go too thick. It is also very very well priced.
The more rad the better. look forward to it going together. Will be a little jealous too because I have to wait quite some time for my sabertooth and 3930k as well as cf 7950s
yes there is a bit more to dB meters there are different scales dBA dBC ect and weightings high low that make a big difference in what you are told the common practice now is to use dBA with a high weighting because higher soubds are more annoying than lower sounds which you don't hear as much.
Was just wondering what you used because you can play with things and 60 can easily become 40 or 80dB doesn't matter tho.
I think the radiator is the last piece I need to work out. (updated list below). Looking at my photo above I am almost certain a 240 radiator is the only practical option but I cant confirm till I get home to measure it, I am at work today. The shroud is a nice idea too, I looked into it but the case is extra wide so it won't fit properly
Since I have no idea about scale/weightings etc for the db meter I'll just say that at the moment it is nice and quiet with 4x120mm corsairs on the lowest setting on the H100, 2x140mm Fractal chassis fans that came with the case, the two tiny fans on the sabertooth and the fan in my old HD6950 (HD7970 will probably go in with the cooling rig). Assuming I go for the 360 radiator, that will add two more fans + the pump. As I will be changing those fans to 4(or 6)x140mm Quiet Typhoons & ditching the GPU fan I am sure it will be neutral net effect.
Pump: Koolance PMP-450 (MCP655 / laing d5)
Reservoir: XSPC Premium Acrylic Reservoir for Laing D5 Pumps
Radiator: 240 or 360 x140mm depending on space
CPU: Koolance MB-ASSTX79 Full Coverage Waterblock for the ASUS Sabertooth X79
GPU: Koolance VID-AR797 Full Coverage Water Block the ATi Radeon HD 7970
Control Unit: Koolance CTR-CD10 Pump & Fan Controller With Display
RE: The 3930K. From someone with experience, think real hard about it as it is alot more hassle than it is worth. The extra two cores are useless for gaming, they just add heat. You will get as much if not more gaming prowess from a 2700K as it uses alot less power and generates less heat, plus if you get an Ivy Bridge compatible board it will run super cool if/when you upgrade. (it is what I should have done, but I learned the hard way)
Edited by ghostcorps, 03 February 2012 - 04:08 PM.