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Hello,

I'm looking to replace the stock heatsink on my Core 2 Quad. I'd like a heatsink that's very quiet, but still under $40. It only needs to cool well enough so that my processor will stay cool even at low fan speed; however, good performance would be nice in case I ever wanted to overclock later on.

I was looking at Scythe heatsinks because I know that they make good, quiet fans, but their only cheap heatsinks are all of the low-profile variety, and it seems a bit silly to get a low-profile heatsink when I have plenty of room for larger ones (although maybe not tower).

Any suggestions?
post #2 of 8
Cooler master hyper 212 Plus on Newegg for 29.49
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Not going to find much for 30 bud. Best and cheapest your going to find is a decent price is the hyper 212.

If you had a bout 50 to spare, you could get a Dark Knight and then put gentle typhoon onto it. thing will be so quiet you won't hear it.
 
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You can find 2 of the quietest fans (preferably 500rpm) and smack them on the Hyper 212+ as push/pull

Maximum quiet cooling! or single 500rpm is good enough
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arctic freezer pro rev 2...

or this
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I changed $30 to $40 in my post, but I would still prefer to be closer to $30.

I considered the Hyper 212+, but SPCR's review said that the stock fan was rather noisy. I could, of course, buy a different fan, but that would add significantly to the price.

One other thing: I would prefer the cooler to be top-down, but that's not completely necessary.
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Originally Posted by steddy View Post
I considered the Hyper 212+, but SPCR's review said that the stock fan was rather noisy. I could, of course, buy a different fan, but that would add significantly to the price.
That is the case, from what I know.

However, you could also consider checking OCN's marketplace, and see if you can find a good cooler for under $40. There's probably a Dark Knight somewhere there, or at least a cheap aftermarket fan.

To be honest, the Hyper 212+ dominates the $30 range.

EDIT: SPCR says the Scythe Katana 3 might be worth consideration, and it costs about the same as the Hyper 212+.
Edited by spanielcheckers - 7/23/11 at 12:32pm
    
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