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Well, I got my 955 BE today, and the stock cooler can only be described using words against the TOS. It's noisier than my vacuum cleaner when under load.

So, I've got a few questions.

1. Is there any way I can dampen the noise without raising temps?
2. Best cooler under 25 GBP (roughly 40 USD)?

I've been looking at the Hyper 212+

3. Will it fit inside my Zalman Z7 Plus?

I think I'll have to take one of the side panel fans off, but this could be used in a push-pull arrangement with the H212+, couldn't it? It's a Zalman ZM1225ASL, 3-pin connector.
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1. Sound dampening material. It shouldn't raise temps if done probably.

2. The Hyper 212+! Hahaha

3. The Hyper fits in my Vulcan and fitted in my mATX CM Elite 341 in a push/pull setup. You would probably have to take the side panel fan off though, but yes you could use it in a push/pull configuration on the cooler. The Hyper comes with an additional fan mount for a push/pull configuration.
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So if I did do a push-pull with that Zalman fan, how would I power it?
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Originally Posted by Markeh View Post
So if I did do a push-pull with that Zalman fan, how would I power it?
Either a 3-pin fan header on your motherboard or a 3-pin to molex adapter.

Or a fan controller, if you want.
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Originally Posted by Markeh View Post
Well, I got my 955 BE today, and the stock cooler can only be described using words against the TOS. It's noisier than my vacuum cleaner when under load.

So, I've got a few questions.

1. Is there any way I can dampen the noise without raising temps?
2. Best cooler under 25 GBP (roughly 40 USD)?

I've been looking at the Hyper 212+

3. Will it fit inside my Zalman Z7 Plus?

I think I'll have to take one of the side panel fans off, but this could be used in a push-pull arrangement with the H212+, couldn't it? It's a Zalman ZM1225ASL, 3-pin connector.
You are right that you will have to remove one of the 2 fans from the side panel for the 212+ to fit.
After the removal, Zalman Z7 Plus can fit a maximum height of 162mm while the 212+ is 158.5mm tall. So, it will fit in.
http://www.guru3d.com/article/zalman-z7-plus-review/5
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/artic...e-Review/924/3

I would not suggest you to put the (removed) Zalman case fan (ZM1225ASL) to do push-pull on the 212+ because its spec differs from that of the stock fan of 212+. While it would not have short term negative effect, I reckon this kind of matchup will shorten the life of both fans. But if you do wish to save a few dollars to buy a matching fan, I suggest you to use the stronger fan as the push fan.
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In that case, what I'll do is swap round my internal fans. The one I will have to remove is a 3-pin connector, whereas the rear exhaust fan is the same, but with a Molex instead. So I can remove that one, place the 3-pin there, hook it straight into the board. This gives me a Molex-powered 120mm fan, which I can use in an old rig I have.
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Sounds good.

It's not necessary to have the same fans in push/pull just recommended because it has it's benefits!
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