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Sorry to hijack this thread, but I am looking to get the same processor and I would like to find out what would be the best cooler? I don't plan to overclock so I rather choose a cooler that is a low noise one but still looks good. Of course I still want the cooler to keep my cpu cool but I want a low noise one. What would be the best choice? I am just a newbie with custom building so I want a cooler that I don't have to take apart and replace the fans. I just want a cooler where I can take it out of the box and put it on, no modifications. What thermal paste would be best to pair it up with?

Just to add that I will most likely go for the Corsair Grpahite case with window if that makes a difference.
Edited by maortega15 - 5/23/13 at 9:36am
post #72 of 89
If you don't plan to overclock really anything would be fine. If you went with something like the hyper 212+ you might want to stick a gentle typhoon or some other fan (like a low-noise PWM fan) on there. If you want something pretty... it depends on your taste.
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Sorry to hijack this thread, but I am looking to get the same processor and I would like to find out what would be the best cooler? I don't plan to overclock so I rather choose a cooler that is a low noise one but still looks good. Of course I still want the cooler to keep my cpu cool but I want a low noise one. What would be the best choice? I am just a newbie with custom building so I want a cooler that I don't have to take apart and replace the fans. I just want a cooler where I can take it out of the box and put it on, no modifications. What thermal paste would be best to pair it up with?

Just to add that I will most likely go for the Corsair Grpahite case with window if that makes a difference.

Don't get anything that's recommended here.

SilentPCReview is your friend. Their website and their testing si perfect for the thing that you're doing. Enthusiast coolers would perform very well on your system and you could even spin the fans down but look up their CPU coolers and find the highly recommended ones...
post #74 of 89
Looks like I'll be going with the Noctua C12P. Is there a specific thermal paste I should go for?
post #75 of 89
Noctua paste is top-notch. You know their fans are brown?
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Noctua paste is top-notch. You know their fans are brown?
Yeah, I do. Meh, as long as it keeps my cpu cool, thats most important. It actually gives my rig a unique look. biggrin.gif

What would you recommend if the color is an issue?
post #77 of 89
It's really a question of what you want. It sounds like you don't care about spending some money, and do want a "c-style" cooler. You could even get a different fan and put it on that cooler, if you didn't mind spending the extra $15 or so.

Something like this would probably be fine, especially if you turned the fans down. If you wanted a tower-style... really anything. Since you're not overclocking you don't need to dissipate much heat, and you can focus on getting quiet fans.

FlashFir is right though, it's good to read around and see what the relative performance of different models are. SPCR isn't updated as often as it once was, but in general, the better-performing the heatsink, the slower the fans can spin and the quieter it will be.
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I'm just a newbie so I want something that I can take right out of the box and install without any modifications.
post #79 of 89
In general, Noctua, Prolimatech, Phanteks and Thermalright are the good brands. Anything besides a "low profile" or very small cooler will have more than enough capacity for you to run your fans at low speeds. thumb.gif

EDIT: And they'll work great out of the box wink.gif
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Then I'll go with Noctua. biggrin.gif
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