It may be time for me to build a new gaming PC. Intel's Haswell CPUs weren't the powerhouses I was hoping for, nor did they need to be. I can rest somewhat assured that Intel won't be releasing a new line of CPUs anytime soon. The new consoles are just a few months away, but my current GPU isn't going away anytime soon. But my current CPU is. A Core 2 Duo on a motherboard that supports RAM up to DDR2. So now seems as good a time as any, since my current machine isn't going to be upgraded in...ever. It's at the point where any upgrade attempt would be silly and a waste of money.
Time for a new machine. With an "old" HD 5870. Yes, that was running with a Core 2 Duo. Yes, there are many things bottlenecking this GPU in my current system. And time to address what is really the biggest issue I have with my current rig. Cooling. Or rather, the noise that comes with it.
I'm considering water cooling now. When I last checked, water cooling consisted of websites with DIY instructions involving piping and a drill. Admittedly, it's been more than a few years since I last checked. And while that mitigates noise for CPU cooling, there's still the GPU. Which is probably the loudest thing in my current PC. I actually turn vsync on, not to get rid of screen tearing, but to remind the GPU that it really doesn't have to work so hard.
In the end, I want to build a quieter gaming PC, and am hoping for any advice from anyone who's walked down a similar road. What's your cooling solution, duders? And do you have any suggestions for making a new PC quieter than an angry wasp?