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post #1 of 5
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A friend of mine is asking me to build him a near-silent mATX HTPC, and I was wondering if I'd need to leave the fans on an aftermarket heatsink?

I was thinking of getting him a Coolermaster Hyper TX3 and just removing the fans as it would be better than the stock heatsink, and is only £15.

Thoughts, feedback and answers to the above question welcome.
post #2 of 5
You do not have to leave them on if the heat sink gets rid of enough heat without the fans. You will probably not be able to overclock the system at all without the fans.

I forget the manufacturer, but someone makes a heatsink without any fans for the exact purpose of having a silent heatsink.

Edit: Without the fans you are also probably not going to be able to run any stress testing software like OCCT, Prime 95, etc.
Edited by idahosurge - 8/15/11 at 11:57am
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post #3 of 5
This type of cooler are the best for HTPC configs, since usually you're in a horizontal-layout case without much headroom. It's like a tower type HSF layed over so the fan fires downward. The benefit is CPU cooling while also cooling the board.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103046
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835608020
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post #4 of 5
It is MUCH better to use low-RPM (<800) quiet fans than no fans.
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post #5 of 5
The fans on those are large enough to dial down to silent. You shouldn't go without fans IMO. I've done that before and it leads to problems later.
Edited by 2thAche - 8/15/11 at 12:07pm
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