Combined video editing / 3D design / gaming rig designed with quiet performance as a priority
The original fan on the H90 was a bit noisy, so I replaced it with a Fractal Design R2 140mm. This increased CPU temperatures about 2-3C, but I can live with that given the silent nature of the system now.
The loudest bit is the pump, and that's already quite silent. The GPU is an absolute champ - even after an hour of gaming it remains inaudible.
UPDATE: I added some more pictures since I had the case open for sound card installation anyway. I found an old SB Audigy 2 in my previous build (AMD XP4000+, DFI LanParty nForce 4 mobo, ATi Radeon X800 XT PE), and this removed an annoying noise issue I had when using the onboard audio.
UPDATE 2: I moved the H90 to the front as an intake instead, and refitted it with the original Corsair fan. I haven't had time to test it properly, but removing the GPU waste heat from the equation for the radiator is nothing but good news :-) It wasn't a straigh 'click' fit - and it's still not stuck very well. It seems that the little clips on the R4 don't really play well with the design of the Corsair fan, so it's not properly clicked in. That said - it can't really go anywhere, and since the PC isn't moved about much, it shouldn't pose a problem. Another issue was the length of the fan cable - it's only JUST long enough to reach the PWM CPU fan header, so I should really get myself some kind of extender there.
UPDATE 3: Finally got around to adding the prices for the components. Since they're bought in Denmark, I have used a currency converter and taken the original purchase prices as input.
UPDATE 4: Took the Audigy 2 out of the system again, as I couldn't get the microphone to work. I managed to get the whole thing working without the issue I had earlier, so I'm a happy panda :-)