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So I am building a PC for my grandfather because his current Dell is now 5 years old, uses 1GB RAM (256 mhz) and a Pentium 4 and it just won't goooooo. SOmething is just wrong with it and he's tired of it. Doesn't want a dual core off Ebay but a new pc.

Now I am thinking about also buying an aftermarket cpu cooler (for the upcoming i3-2100) to make it more silent.

The case I am going to buy for him doesn't come with a 12 cm fan in the back and I wanted to put one there anyway (a silent one). Now I have two options in my mind:

- buy a Corsair H40 and fit the radiator and fan in the back so I have a better and more quiet cooler and a 12 cm fan in one buy;
- buy a small silent cpu air cooler and another 12 cm fan to put in the back.

What do you guys suggest? I can hardly find anything about the H40 in terms of reviews. But I just don't need a big expensive cooler. If you have a better idea for an aircooler please suggest.

The Corsair H40 is just below 50 euros. So I want to stay around that budget for an aircooler + 120mm silent fan.
 
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post #2 of 15
Antec Kuhler 620, beats a H70 costs less, and is hella quite. up there with the highend air coolers, and maybe beating them.. smile.gif

glad you are taking care of your grandfather by the way, smile.gif holand and the netherlands are hopefully different than the west and western europe. thumb.gif
Edited by TheBirdman74 - 4/18/12 at 3:46am
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Does Antec also pay for your pc parts when it leaks? I know Corsair does.
 
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it's an i3 2100. it runs cool enough. just get your hands on the quitest aftermarket cooler you can get your hands on. here in manila we have a deep cool version of the stock cooler which cost about 10 dollars but much more silent than the intel stock cooler. if you can find something similar to that I suggest get that instead. I wouldn't trouble myself getting a closed loop h20 cooler like the corsair h40 or an antec kuhler 620
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I can't see that you will need an H40 for the i3, the stock cooler's tend to be almost silent at the lower RPM's which is all the i3 will need to to keep cool.

I would save some money by using the stock cooler and put it towards somting else. An SSD would boost the "performance" ten-fold for your Grandfather.
 
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post #6 of 15
If you want to keep the noise down... I wouldn't touch the H40, and the price doesn't really help either imo.

You can get the Gelid Tranquillo and a quiet, PWM controlled Arctic Cooling 120mm fan for exhaust, or a non PWM controlled fan (Fractal 120mm) and still come out ahead in both price and noise level smile.gif

FYI, the Corsair H40 ran has a top speed of 2k RPMs and is actually quite loud. If you're really aiming for a quiet / silent solution, you'll be looking at getting the H40 and a quieter fan.

I linked NCIX since they had the lowest initial price on the Tranquillo, might as well cut shipping costs and bundle everything together. However, if you want to use another retailer go right ahead.

Quick note, I'd assume Antec does as well, though really a 620 is extreme overkill for a little i3.... just my thoughts anyways.

The stock cooler would be just fine as well... especially for an i3, though if you have the upgrade bug, I'd go with the Tranquillo.
    
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post #7 of 15
Your best bet is a low profile Noctua. They are good coolers and dead silent. The fans come with low noise and ultra low noise adapters.
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Thanks for the advice everyone!

edit; I am already getting him an SSD. He doesn't need much room. So a 100 euro 120GB should be enough for everything he will ever do with it.

What noctua with people recommend then? Noctua has great coolers but they're all quite expensive from what I have seen.

The CM 212 is also very cheap here. Is it silent?

I don't mind getting a very small one. I just want it to cool at least as good as the stock with less noise.
Edited by Hukkel - 4/18/12 at 4:50am
 
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post #9 of 15
The CM 212+ should be perfect and inexpensive. As has been discussed in numerous threads - You never want a Closed Loop (water) Cooler system when you can use air-cooling. Water leaks can damage hundreds of dollars in PC hardware and the CLCs are thermally inefficient, a poor value and noisy compared to a quality HSF. See the link below before considering a CLC.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1242753/overclocking-my-8120-need-cooling-advice
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Does Antec also pay for your pc parts when it leaks? I know Corsair does.

it will never leak. brutal units man. and yes they would pay covered for 3 years. i'm a crosair to antec convert. thumb.gif
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