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For ease of access to your board/memory/chip and silence: The closed loop coolers win by a mile.
For total performance? Noctua NH-D14 or Silver arrow, or another one of those monster air coolers. Buy one and take a long look at your board as you fit it, it's the last you'll see of half of it.
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Go with a Antec Kuler 620 with a nice quiet ~75cfm and a shroud stack. It will be Silent. I had a 620 on my 2500k @4.8ghz 1.4v and it wouldn't go above 65c at FULL stress test. Neve went above 60c doing normal stuff.
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The Thermalright HR-02 Macho is an awesome cooler for around 40$.
What rawfuls said is wrong. The All In One Watercoolers are better at higher fan speeds compared to something like the HR-02 Macho. Matter of fact, you might be able to run the Macho completely fanless at a small overclock.

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Fun fact :it's possible to cool a 95W CPU completely passive without any casefan whatsoever with an adequate Heatsink/case combination.

Currently my 1055T at 3.7Ghz runs passive at idle. Fan only kicks on for games and this is on a cheapo CoreContact Freezer. Probably helps that my room is downstairs and gets pretty chilly (about 19C right now)

Would it be possible to do something similar on an i5? Volume at load doesn't bother me, just at idle. I mean I could run a fan controller but the important part is the heatsink. Opinions?
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Fun fact :it's possible to cool a 95W CPU completely passive without any casefan whatsoever with an adequate Heatsink/case combination.

Currently my 1055T at 3.7Ghz runs passive at idle. Fan only kicks on for games and this is on a cheapo CoreContact Freezer. Probably helps that my room is downstairs and gets pretty chilly (about 19C right now)

Would it be possible to do something similar on an i5? Volume at load doesn't bother me, just at idle. I mean I could run a fan controller but the important part is the heatsink. Opinions?

for a 1055T you could use this.
http://www.nofancomputer.com/eng/products/CR-100A.php
i5, id go with something oldschool (enormous heatsink) or low rpm fans
i just pulled something ridiculous out of an old computer that ill have to post here when i get pics tomorrow.
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The Hyper 212. Maybe the best, least risky purchase you can make with cooling.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

Just look at that rating.. yahhh.. (then buy it somewhere else for $20.)

I do have the Havik 140 myself, and I like it. The fans have a nice medium/quiet sound, and you can even run one single for about +2 degrees seriously.
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For ease of access to your board/memory/chip and silence: The closed loop coolers win by a mile.
For total performance? Noctua NH-D14 or Silver arrow, or another one of those monster air coolers. Buy one and take a long look at your board as you fit it, it's the last you'll see of half of it.
LOL i remember having a Scythe Mugen 2 and it covered what looked like half my motherboard. Didn't even mind the ugly Gigabyte colors since I couldn't see it!
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The Hyper 212. Maybe the best, least risky purchase you can make with cooling.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
Just look at that rating.. yahhh.. (then buy it somewhere else for $20.)
I do have the Havik 140 myself, and I like it. The fans have a nice medium/quiet sound, and you can even run one single for about +2 degrees seriously.
I don't know if I want to go all the way down to a 212 but the Havik does seem interesting. Availability seems better than the Macho anyways.
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post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by Elohim View Post

The Thermalright HR-02 Macho is an awesome cooler for around 40$.
What rawfuls said is wrong. The All In One Watercoolers are better at higher fan speeds compared to something like the HR-02 Macho. Matter of fact, you might be able to run the Macho completely fanless at a small overclock.

Agreed. Closed loop watercoolers need high static pressure for the small radiator to work effectively. Which means they require fast and relatively noisy fans. Corsair fans run at about 2600rpm max speed with lots of noise. They are awesome for mATX boards or small cases, though. Lots of cooling in a small package.

If you want a silent setup and do have the space for a huge heatsink, go air.
The quietest option is a large air cooler with widely spaced fins and large fans at low rpm (<1000). The Thermalright Macho is good and cheap, as is the Scythe Ninja. Higher performance but expensive examples are the Prolimatech Genesis and the Noctua NH-D14.
I don't know the fin spacing on the Havik, but with its size and 140mm fans it looks promising.
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Agreed. Closed loop watercoolers need high static pressure for the small radiator to work effectively. Which means they require fast and relatively noisy fans. Corsair fans run at about 2600rpm max speed with lots of noise. They are awesome for mATX boards or small cases, though. Lots of cooling in a small package.
If you want a silent setup and do have the space for a huge heatsink, go air.
The quietest option is a large air cooler with widely spaced fins and large fans at low rpm (<1000). The Thermalright Macho is good and cheap, as is the Scythe Ninja. Higher performance but expensive examples are the Prolimatech Genesis and the Noctua NH-D14.
I don't know the fin spacing on the Havik, but with its size and 140mm fans it looks promising.

The problem with both of those seem to be availability =\ I was really interested in both of those but I can't seem to find them at a good price.

edit: So it looks like I'll be getting a Kuhler 620 for $60 unless I can get my hands on a Macho or similar for $40-50 shipped. I'm also down for a used 620 or Corsair H70 if anyone has a hookup!

edit: How's the normal Frio or Megahalem do on the 2500k? If I do get a Megahalem, what's a cheap fan to pair it with?
Edited by crashnburn_819 - 3/7/12 at 5:19pm
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