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Hi all, I'm in the market for a new cpu cooler and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions. I have a i3 550 at stock speeds and won't be doing any overclocking. I'm looking for something with a low profile design that has decent cooling and a quiet fan. Thanks
post #2 of 13
the question is how low profile.

Noctua L12
Prolimatech Samuel
Scythe Big Shuriken 2

are some of the best low profile coolers.
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post #3 of 13
Add the Enermax ETD-T60-TB or -VD to Elohim's list

TB Silence version: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835214026
^-I purchased this one today for my mATX build (NZXT Vulcan, see sig rig stats). Needed something better than stock, and benchmarks showed this cooler to be effective, and low noise. Designated -TB because of the TB Silence fan, which is one of the most quietest fans out there. Beat out the Cooler Master GeminII S524 which is quite popular. If you're curious about this, I'll probably have this cooler installed in a week and I can give you info on idle/load temps and how loud it is relative to my ears

Link to bench/stats: http://www.tech-kings.net/home/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=173%3Aenermax-etb-t60&limitstart=2


Vegas Duo version: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835214027
^-It's a tad bit louder, and only a little less effective; consider this if you like very flashy LED stuff, you can check out YouTube videos of it in action, there's multiple-colored LEDs and multiple patterns that it can display


Didn't go with the Noctua just because the color of the fans would've messed up my color scheme, but it is also a very effective cooler!
Edited by mingqi53 - 4/6/12 at 4:08pm
post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Elohim View Post

the question is how low profile.
Noctua L12
Prolimatech Samuel
Scythe Big Shuriken 2
are some of the best low profile coolers.

Thanks for the reply. My case supports CPU coolers up to the height of 135mm. I'll check out your suggestions. Thanks again.

Edit: Thanks Mingqi. I'll check both of those out as well.
Edited by Fear Before - 4/6/12 at 4:09pm
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
Sorry for the double post.

One concern I have is I only have 2 ram slots and the small 80mm stock style cooler I have now is pretty close to it already. I'm worried that some of those will hit the ram.
post #6 of 13
Scythe Bigshuriken 2 thumb.gif
NH C14
Edited by PontiacGTX - 4/7/12 at 7:11am
post #7 of 13
With 135mm you could either get a Tower-Style Cooler with a 92mm Fan like the Xigmatek Loki (134mm) or the Deepcool Iceedge 400 (127mm). Those would be a good probably be the cheapest coolers, also slightly better than the ultra low profile heatsinks like the Prolimatech Samuel or the Big Shuriken.


A bit more powerful but also more expensive would be the big Down Blow Coolers like the Noctua C14, the Thermalright AXP-140 or the Cooler Master GeminII S524, Enermax T60 and a few others.

i would probably get one of these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103100&Tpk=cooler%20master%20geminii
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233081&Tpk=xigmatek%20loki
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835214026&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4003003&SID=1blrv0zllxdue


The Noctua C14 would be the Non-plus Ultra and the quietest out of all of the mentioned coolers.
Edited by Elohim - 4/6/12 at 5:01pm
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post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by Fear Before View Post

Sorry for the double post.
One concern I have is I only have 2 ram slots and the small 80mm stock style cooler I have now is pretty close to it already. I'm worried that some of those will hit the ram.

Could you provide us your motherboard make/model, or a link to the product page?

If you're worried about your RAM getting in the way, you may consider the Cooler Master GeminII S524 (see Elohim's post--^), the heatsink is designed to go over the RAM and cool it in addition to the processor. As long as your RAM doesn't have fancy shmancy tall heat spreaders you should be ok

The Enermax might not work for you since the heatpipes are known to potentially obscure one RAM slot, but this ultimately depends on the design of your motherboard
Edited by mingqi53 - 4/6/12 at 5:29pm
post #9 of 13
Since you are not overclocking, what is wrong with the stock core i3 cooler? If temps are too high, try lowering (undervolting) Vcore and maybe also re-seat/re-apply thermal compound.

I love my Zalman CNPS5X (height = 134mm). It's a little noisy at full speed. CPU temp is lower if you point a 120mm (or larger) fan at it (see my avatar), because the stock fan is only 92mm.
     
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Kingston SSD V300 120GB Zalman CNPS5X performa + Arctic MX-4 Windows 7 64-bit Asus VW222 22" LCD 1680x1050 
PowerCase
FSP 460W Foxconn TSAA-426 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Pentium G3258 @ 4.4 GHz ~1.38Vcore ~1.9Vccin Ri... MSI H81M-P33 Asus GTX 750 Ti OC + Thermalright HR-11 backsid... Transcend 2x2GB @ 1400MHz (5-7-5-18) ~1.62V 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Intel SSD 330 240GB ZM CNPS5X (not performa) + 120mm fan (push) Windows 7 64bit Acer GD245HQ - 1920x1080 120Hz - Nvidia 3D Vision 
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FSP 500W Enermax Phoenix Neo + 220mm Globefan (side) Creative Titanium HD + Beyer DT 880 - 250 ohm 
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post #10 of 13
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@Elohim I'm not a fan of the tower style coolers that much. I'm not sure what you would call the other style, but I perfer the flat type better.

@Mingqi My motherboard is a MSI H55 E-23. My ram are Gskill ripjaws so they have fancy heat spreaders. Heres the link to my motherboard http://us.msi.com/product/mb/H55M-E23.html

@Partol It's way to loud for my tastes. I could just get a new fan for it, but in most cases I could just get a whole new cooler for a little more.
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