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Hi Guys my first post here I've been reading through some of the posts here trying to figure this out on my own but finally decided to make my own thread and ask. I just recently got bit by the "Silent Computing" Bug and went out and bought the CoolerMaster Silencio550 case and some NoiseBlocker fans (PL-1 and M12-S1). They do a great job, slightly better than the fans provided with the case although those are pretty quiet too but don't seem to push as much air. Now I'm noticing my CPU Cooler Thermaltake TMG i2 92mm has a slight hum/whine to it and it runs high rpm's most of the time which makes it stand out, it's had a great run thus far. I'm looking for something extremely quiet with great cooling now to replace it. The cheaper the better but if it means spending $70 and not having to worry about the noise or cooling vs buying a cheaper $40 cooler I'd rather spend the extra bucks now. Everyone seems to lean towards Noctua but their colors are an eye sore and I'd rather choose an alternate that's equivalent or close. Can I fit a tower or should i stick to a blow down cooler?

Another thing of interest is perhaps ditching my 9800GTX+ for something that runs cooler. Any suggestions? It's not to noisy but I don't game at all and lowering my temps could be beneficial to quieting the pc.

Thanks a lot for the help thumb.gif
Edited by OO7e - 4/24/12 at 8:36am
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I have a Arctic Cooling Freezer Xtreme for close to a year and a half now and it's still as dead silent as it was when I bought it. But forget any overclocking on it, the fan simply can't push as much air(highest RPM count is 1500). A lot of people don't like AC coolers but I simply had no issue with them, though this is perhaps I always had good air conditions in my case.

Of course if you're willing to spend a tad bit more, you might want to look at liquid closed loop CPU coolers, there are the Corsair Hydro series or the Antec KÜHLER H₂O series, but with the Corsair you'll have to replace the fans as people do say the fans are noisy.
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Forget about tower coolers. That case with all its noise dampening materials on the side panel will only allow you to install a tower cooler equipped with 92mm fans. A good alternative would be using a Corsair H80 with some of them Noiseblocker fans or be quiet! fans. If you want something cheaper, the H60 is pretty good too.
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How do those Corsair closed loop systems work compared to other top down coolers? Are they pretty quiet or preferably silent? Is the noise point on those systems the fan as well or is there other parts that I will have to worry about making noise too? I definitely don't mind slapping a noiseblocker to quiet it down if that's what it takes.
Thanks for the input thumb.gif
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post #5 of 16
You only have to worry about the fans, the loop itself creates no sound. Here's a link to Anandtech's review of the H80 and H100 on sound.
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The current HSF seems pretty bad. Seems similar to the stock coolers that come with Sandys. Also of course it is loud, it is a 92mm fan! Go for a 120mm or 140mm and you cut down noise a lot already.

You have to worry about fans no matter what route you go, BUT air cooling is more effective at lower speeds which means less noise! If you want to go for closed looped coolers, you are looking at over $130 if you want quiet fans assuming you get an H100. If you get Gentle Typhoons, expect the fans to be running at audible noise levels, similar if not louder than your HDD.

Big tower coolers can be much quieter since you can run the fans at low rpms which would be inaudible. If you want something around your budget, the Silver Arrow would be more than enough while keeping things cool. If you want smaller, the Scythe Mugen 3 should be very effective as well and also comes with a very quiet fan - also it is well within budget. There are some other HSF that are low profile like the Noctua NH-C12P or NH-L12 that should be decently quiet, but I would use quieter fans. Scythe Mugen 3 seems like your best choice as the fan at 800 rpm is inaudible.

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The current HSF seems pretty bad. Seems similar to the stock coolers that come with Sandys. Also of course it is loud, it is a 92mm fan! Go for a 120mm or 140mm and you cut down noise a lot already.
You have to worry about fans no matter what route you go, BUT air cooling is more effective at lower speeds which means less noise! If you want to go for closed looped coolers, you are looking at over $130 if you want quiet fans assuming you get an H100. If you get Gentle Typhoons, expect the fans to be running at audible noise levels, similar if not louder than your HDD.
Big tower coolers can be much quieter since you can run the fans at low rpms which would be inaudible. If you want something around your budget, the Silver Arrow would be more than enough while keeping things cool. If you want smaller, the Scythe Mugen 3 should be very effective as well and also comes with a very quiet fan - also it is well within budget. There are some other HSF that are low profile like the Noctua NH-C12P or NH-L12 that should be decently quiet, but I would use quieter fans. Scythe Mugen 3 seems like your best choice as the fan at 800 rpm is inaudible.
Eye sore or ear sore. Pick one. Luckily for me, big heatsinks look cool to me.

It's actually not that loud but to my new standards of trying to achieve silence it's a little bit too much. I'm actually surprised the 92mm fan does such a good job with staying relatively quiet.

Sounds like the closed loop cooling such as the Corsair is out of the question for me. Air cooling sounds more appealing to me so now I'm thinking what cooler can fit an M12-S1 Noiseblocker (120mm) and do a really good job at keeping a Q6600 slightly overclocked very cool?

Thanks for the recommendations i will look into those coolers you mention.
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post #8 of 16
I built a friend a system using that case - I really liked it. thumb.gif
I cooled a Q9650 using a Cooler Master Hyper 212+ - it fit fine and runs pretty darn quiet. I didn't overclock the cpu though.
What I did was move the two 800 rpm fans to the front and added a 1200 rpm fan to the rear.

For a GPU I would go with the type that exhaust all their heat out the back. Don't dump that heat into the case if you want to keep your air cooler from winding up.
I found the GTX 460 EE from EVGA to be pretty quiet and all the heat exits the bac,.
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I built a friend a system using that case - I really liked it. thumb.gif
I cooled a Q9650 using a Cooler Master Hyper 212+ - it fit fine and runs pretty darn quiet. I didn't overclock the cpu though.
What I did was move the two 800 rpm fans to the front and added a 1200 rpm fan to the rear.
For a GPU I would go with the type that exhaust all their heat out the back. Don't dump that heat into the case if you want to keep your air cooler from winding up.
I found the GTX 460 EE from EVGA to be pretty quiet and all the heat exits the bac,.
I'll take a look at that CM Hyper 212 but what would you consider quiet? lets'say compared to the CM case fans that run at 800rpm?

I tried running the two 800's in front and they worked nicely but opted for the Noiseblockers PL-1 @ 900rpm 11dBa in front with the Cooler Master back in the rear. The NB's seemed to push more air.

I'm waiting on one more M12-S1 and I'm going to try those upfront for a near silent setup upfront and moving a PL-1 to the rear for better exhaust and what should be quiet to near silent exhaust. This setup with a good new cooler should do the trick for me. It took some playing around but the PL-1's and M12-S1's really help complete this build.
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The Hyper 212 has a pwm fan on it - so it gets louder when the cpu is working of course. An all in one cooler could be a quieter solution - but not using Corsairs fans. Consider using Gentle Typhoons.
Also, simple thing can help cut noise - try not to stick it too close to the wall or inside a desk cubby, etc.

If you plan to oc your cpu you are going to have a lot of heat to deal with and only one exhaust port. I'd go push-pull on whatever solution you choose.

One thing that would be interesting to try - Hyper 212 with two constant speed fans, put the pwm fan on the back, but plugged into the cpu fan header. Set a min speed equal to the constant speed fans. As the cpu gets hotter the rear exhaust fan will speed up evacuating the case faster. This might allow all the other fans to work more efficiently. May or may not work any better or be quieter.

Curious to see how you solve your problems.
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