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We recently upgraded from the Athlon II x2 245 in our HTPC to a 955BE since we've been doing a lot of encoding and other such stuff. The stock heatsink is very noisy even when the thing is idling. What is a good heatsink to keep it quiet that will fit in the case?

Case: Silverstone Black LC13B-E

It isn't a small case by any means but I don't believe it can hold a full tower cooler but I may be wrong. It is wide enough for full size GPUs.
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Antec kuhlers are nice and small but effective.
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post #4 of 14
i use one of these in my htpc

ZALMAN CNPS5X SZ 92mm Hydraulic CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118090
$30/20ar

makes some noise when it revs up, but set bios to only use around 75% and its stays very quiet
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Do you have any pictures of those in your HTPCs? I'd like to get a relative idea of size...
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Do you have any pictures of those in your HTPCs? I'd like to get a relative idea of size...
Hmm... how wide is your HTPC case?
    
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post #7 of 14
the zalman CNPS5X is slightly taller than a full sized pci card

your case is .6in (15mm) thinner than a standard case
about 145mm from cpu to the cover
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Originally Posted by IEATFISH View Post
We recently upgraded from the Athlon II x2 245 in our HTPC to a 955BE since we've been doing a lot of encoding and other such stuff. The stock heatsink is very noisy even when the thing is idling. What is a good heatsink to keep it quiet that will fit in the case?

Case: Silverstone Black LC13B-E

It isn't a small case by any means but I don't believe it can hold a full tower cooler but I may be wrong. It is wide enough for full size GPUs.
Heya,

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835185097

Revision B of the big shuriken is a very quiet and solid cooler for HTPC. If you want more quiet, you simply have to go fanless and get a huge block heatsink with no fan. I find 100mm~120mm size fans on low settings are silent, you don't hear it unless you open the case and put your finger in the fan. My mugen 2 with a 120mm fan is absolutely silent. Smaller fans tend to be louder anyways, and the stock fans for every CPU you see if an 80mm fan. So, get something with a larger fan. It'll turn less to achieve the cooling and be more quiet to near silent.

By the way, that shuriken is low profile, it cools very well and still fits into small HTPC cases, which is what it was designed for. Revision B is different from the original big shuriken, which was a 120mm fan (rev. B is a 100mm fan). The difference is because the large 120mm fan and low profile nature made it a problem for covering ram slots for some motherboards. Rev. B fixed that problem while keeping it low profile and still good cooling and silence.

Very best,
post #9 of 14
I would go with some sort of Scythe heatsink.
They have multiple low profile sinks, here is a link.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...e=Scythe%20USA
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post #10 of 14
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Alright, I have found that there is 135mm clearance for a heatsink. SO, any idea what the quietest cooler that fits there is?
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