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post #31 of 37
GAIA is better than the 212+. Both support dual fans and perform almost identically in cooling. The GAIA is not only cheaper, but also quieter.

The 212+ is easily the loudest component in my computer when it speeds up and I really wish I did more shopping before buying it.
    
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the 212+ is 27 bucks and free shipping on amazon with amazon prime
   
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post #33 of 37
The Hyper 212+ is really solid, it's surprising how well it works and absolutely worth the money. It will take you to rather high overclocks but not insane overclocks. The dilemma I faced with buying a cooler is that I had no idea how high I could overclock my CPU until after I bought a cooler. As it turns out I think 4.7Ghz on my i5 is as far as I want to go - past that, the CPU just generates insane amounts of heat in my room, so its not worth it. With my OC, the hyper 212+ is MORE than enough temperature wise. I might go higher, but only in the winter lol.

As far as the noise ^ posted about above me, its not really any different than another other fan (go check). The more air you move, the more noise its going to make, and its really hard to move air at a high volumetric flow rate and not have a good amount of noise. Its not magic. The fan that comes with the CM 212+ is actually a rather good fan, I bought a 2nd and I'm very pleased with it.

I use SpeedFan to run the 2 fans on a custom temperature-fanspeed profile and its a very reasonable amount of noise (make sure your motherboard has 2 4-pin fan headers, otherwise youll have to run the 2nd fan on a fixed RPM). I also now run 2 of my case fans on a low setting and 2 intake fans on medium. I get great cooling (like I said) and not a ton of noise.

Something you need to consider with a heatsink is how much cooling do you really need? The hyper 212+ has enabled me to OC my i5-2500k to 4.7ghz at 1.39v and I already mentioned my temps. However, with better heatsinks you can run the fans quieter, so that's something to think about as well. If you can wait, CM is coming out with the 612+ now... its supposed to be $50 and should outperform some other high end air coolers, just looking at the design of it.

EDIT: and no, it does not block my particular RAM (gskill ripjaws... not the X series)
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post #34 of 37
yeah taking a look at the 612 it seems like a good cooler. O well I guess we have to wait. My 212+ keeps me under 50 with a near 4ghz OC so I am satisfied. I don't think its all that loud but I guess I just don't hear it over my sickleflows lol and I also decided to keep the blademasters
   
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thanx you everyone for all the helpful advice. you guys should decide for me since you know better. the most I probably would do with my new pc is oc it a little. and that's if I ever end up doing it. I'm in no rush. I always figured I would get a 212+ since it was cheap and worked well but didn't think I'd actually even need it over the stock cooler. I need to get a graphics card but don't plan on buying anything too expensive since I'm not a hardcore gamer. maybe a gpu that's $100-150 but probably not much more. what do you guys think? if you all have some good links I'd love to check them out.
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post #36 of 37
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If your fans rare loud and your temps are only around 50C, I would urge you to reduce their speed.... by a lot. At that low of a CPU temp you aren't getting much of anything from having your fans on high speed.

The reason for this is based on heat transfer properties of air, and the capabilities of computer fans. Air in itself is not good at transferring heat unless it is moving fast or there is a big temperature differential between the air temp and the heatsink temp. So basically what I'm trying to say is our fans just don't push air fast enough for the amount of noise the generate.... you will only get good value from 100% fan speeds if the fins on your heatsink get pretty warm, and at 50C CPU temp, they won't be.

What matters most is how well the heatsink conducts heat away from the CPU. One way to know there is a problem is if the fins are cool but the CPU is 80C. That means its not conducting the heat away effectively. If the topmost fin gets super warm though, then the sink is doing its job, and its time to turn the fans on high to help the heatsink do a better job.
    
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post #37 of 37
well my blademasters on my 212+ is pwm i believe and attached to the mobo header so it speeds up when its under load. the only loud fan i hear most is the one in my 5.25" bay because I have that connected to the psu directly so its on full blast all the time to cool my entire computer. everything else I have is running on a fan controller.
   
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