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I need a new CPU fan for my HTPC. That thing is so loud it can be distracting. Here is the full heatsink/fan setup on the HTPC:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835271001



I believe its 70mm. Just your average stock Core2duo heatsink/fan. Its running a coolermaster fan right now. But its just too loud. I realize that generally the smaller the fan, the louder, but I know I can do better than this thing. And I'm pretty sure they make small fans designed to be quiet but which one is the quietest?
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post #2 of 6
it doesnt look like the stock one try using the stock one. have you tried ajusting the pwm setting or putting it into a fan controller or fan silencer?
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Yeah that is the stock one. I've never modified the computer, since I bought it brand new back in 08. . Also there doesn't seem to be PWM setting in the BIOs or anywhere else.

I think I just need a quieter fan.
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post #4 of 6
is the fan header a 3 pin or a 4 pin on your motherboard. ( if it is a 3 pin that means your fan is at 100 percent you should buy a fin cilencer to quieten it down if tths is the case .in my server i am using the stock heatsink and it is silent with a fan silencer. if you dont know what silencer is then here you go : http://www.amazon.com/Gino-Noise-Reduction-Cable-Cooling/dp/B007PPHKO2/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1336072658&sr=8-10 )
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So it converts a 4 pin to a 3 pin so it can't run at full power?
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post #6 of 6
no it puts a resistor on the 12v line so it will spin slower. the link that i gave you contains a 5 pack so if one is not quiet enough you can connect 2 in series.
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