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Elegant cooling setups for 5960x/6900K in R5 Case

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Arlekiin

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First of all hi everyone I'm new here,

To business,
I'm thinking about getting myself a fancy 8core in a 5R case with a 1080gtx.
It will be a workstation for me for 3d, cad, rendering, sculpting and maybe some video editing. Will top it off with 64gb's of ssd and a 512gb m.2
I am looking for relatively silent ways to cool my system I'm thinking either corsair or EK predator or maybe even big air if it turns out to be the most elegant/bullet proof option. Will be going for a rock solid overclock so wont be going to extremes but maybe 4+ on 5960X and ~4,2 on 6900K. Now my question is:

a) Should I get an EK predator and expand the loop and fit a waterblock on to 1080gtx.
b) Leave 1080 aircooled
c) Have another aio/small loop for 1080?
d) EK Predator 360 or is 240 enough?
e) Maybe big air still has enough chops to completely avoid water?

Thanks, im just probing the hive-mind here so it's all about opinions let me know what would you do?
 

Dlaw

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If you like the looks of the tower coolers, the D15 or similar will do well for you. If not, then I would probably go with the Predator 360 or full custom loop, but I wouldn't add the GPU unless you add another 240 rad as well. The aftermarket coolers on the 1080s should be super quiet, so I wouldn't plan on water for them unless you test it out and it still isn't quiet enough for you.
 
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Arlekiin

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Hi,

Initially i was planning to go with air-tower but as I researched the cpu's i found out that water would be much better and allow me to hit the speeds I'd like easily. Currently on my old system I already have a top of the line big-air Megahalem or whatever (big tower with a transformers face on the butterfly stacks). Supposedly still quite good and within ~2c from current big-air top end coolers.
So it would seem I will go with Predator 360 with quick connects and as you said I don't think I will be getting a waterblock for my geforce as they are expensive and an extra hassle. Especially if the gains are not that big. Running a 360mm radiator will maybe allow me to run it on low pump and fan speed and still have enough headroom to keep it cool under a moderate-high OC. Also decided to go with a refurbished offering from ekwb because I do not see any drawback to that as they come with full warranty and have been upgraded to latest revision and should not have any O ring troubles etc. Besides that does anyone know if exchanging the VARDAR fans with something from noctua would yield a reasonable benefit in reduced volume/soundpressure?

Thanks,
 

Dlaw

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Those fans are pretty decent from what reviews have said. I'd see what you think of them before swapping them out.
 
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Arlekiin

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Yes thats the voice of reason I was hoping to hear. I will try the vardar fans out and see how they fare.