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Hey everyone. I'm glad to have found this forum because this is my first build in over 10 years, and a lot has changed since then!

So here is what I'm trying to do. I'm building a workstation that my wife can use for graphic design and I can use for gaming. It's going to sit near our bed in our quite small apartment so I want it to be as silent as possible. The rig in my signature shows the pieces I already own, but I'll give a quick overview for those who don't feel like clicking there:
-case: Antec 300
-mobo: Asus P8Z77 Pro LGA 1155
-CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz
-PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro 850W
-SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB
-RAM: GSkill 16GB (4 x 4GB)

I won't be overclocking at first, but when I do, I won't go above 4GHz at the maximum (at least for the foreseeable future). So this is what I need help with... what kind of air cooler do I need to run silent (or as close to it) and cool on an i7 Ivy Bridge at 4GHz?

I would prefer not to use a twin tower cooler because I feel like it would be too crowded in the case. Also, I don't need top of the line. Every part I have was purchased while on sale so I would like to keep maximizing value for performance. There seem to be a fair amount of people who like the Cooler Master Hyper 212 series coolers, but I can't find much info on how it would perform for me.

Also, if anyone has suggestions on fan sizing and placement for the Antec 300 I would really appreciate it. I've done some initial reading about fans on these threads, but I'm still not sure how many I would need and where to put them:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1321074/tator-tots-big-quiet-120mm-140mm-fan-round-up
http://www.overclock.net/t/1274407/fans-the-most-complete-and-comprehensive-array-of-tests-and-benchmarks#

Thanks in advance for any advice you guys can offer!
post #2 of 6
Get the Thermalright HR-02 Macho or the True Spirit 140. They are the closest you can get to High end Performance for 40$. AND more importantly they work very well with slow spinning Fans and come with a very good 140mm stock Fan wich you can Run at mninimum speed at your setup where it should be nearly inaudible.

My favourite Budget Silent Fan is the enermax Tb Silence. they Run at 900rpm wich is enough for a mildly overclocked system and they Do have a decent bearing with very little side noise.

The VGA card will be Most likely the loudest component if you use These parts i suggested, so make sure you get One with the best possible (quietest) Cooling solution.
Edited by Elohim - 11/6/12 at 4:31am
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post #3 of 6
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Thank you for the suggestions. I have noticed that Thermalright products seem to be popular on enthusiast boards like this one. Never noticed them before because Newegg does not carry them, and that's where I was making most of my purchases.

I guess what I'm still wondering tho is what separates the $30 to $40 coolers from the $80 to $100 coolers? Is it just the fan they package with it, or are there actual measurable differences in thermal conductivity of the heat-sinks that warrant the extra cost? I have not been able to find any actual data on any of that. Just trying to educate myself a bit before I make purchases.

As for the VGA cards, I have noticed that there are some fanless coolers on the market but there don't seem to be many modern (high end) cards in that category. Are there aftermarket heat-sink or fan options for VGA cards to get a quieter operation? I suppose this may not be a terrible issue in the long run since, I am guessing, the noise may only get bothersome when the GPU is under a heavier load.
post #4 of 6
First of all the more expensive coolers by the Prolimatech, Noctua, Phanteks and previously Thermalright have the best build quality by far, wich doesnt necassarily increase the thermal conductivity but increases the price.
We are talking about soldering of the fins to the heatpipes and heatpips to the baseplate, nickleplating, robust mounting kits, expensive packaging etc.

Thermalright was originally the company with the best products on the market as far as performance and build quality goes. Like two years ago they decided to focus more on the budget side of things, so they released the HR-02 Macho, the cheaper version of the original HR-02 (80$ MSRP without a fan) wich came with all these high end features.
The HR-02 Macho was only slightly worse than the original and included a fan for half the price.

So the bottomline is: if you are willing to spend 40$, then the HR-02 Macho or better yet the True Spirit 140 are the best choices by far.
Performancewise there is definately a bigger gap between a 212 and the TS140 than between the TS140 and the Noctua D14. (i'm always talking about similar fan config/ @similar noise level,
If you are willing to spend 60$ i'd recommend the NZXT Havik 140, If you have no limit than get a Noctua D14, Thermalright Archon, Thermalright Silver Arrow or Phanteks 14PE.
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For the graphics card, imagine attaching an H50/60/70/80 or an Antec 620 to it.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1203528/official-nvidia-gpu-mod-club-aka-the-mod

I did this to my evga 448 ftw and its whisper silent
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post #6 of 6
Elohim has pretty much covered it... as usual. thumb.gif

Marketing and profit are also big part of it. I've seen Phanteks, Silver Arrow SB-E & SB-E Extreme selling from as low £50 to as high as £90 delivered... and that includes our 20% value added tax! Exactly same product. The markup is huge! The £50 price has been running on SA SB-E Extreme for months so you know they are still making a good profit. My guess is the actual cost of manufacturing is £5-8.00 at most... and major retailers have it in their warehouses for £9-11.00.
Edited by doyll - 11/9/12 at 12:51am
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