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What quiet CPU cooler would I get the most bang for my buck if I don't plan to overclock?

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I would like to find out what would be the best quiet cooler and not that expensive. I don't have any plans to overclock so I rather choose a cooler that is quiet but would still keep my cpu cool. What would be the best choice in terms of looks and price? I would like to go with a premium brand overall but don't want it to be that expensive. More torwards midrange-splurge rather than just splurge. I am just a noob with custom builds 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 whatsoever. And what thermal paste would be best to pair it up with? Below is my planned build if that makes any difference.

-Intel Core i5 or i7 XXXXK (Ivy Bridge or Haswell)
-ASUS Sabertooth motherboard
-ASUS 7970 or NVIDIA equivalent graphics card
-16 GB memory Corsair Dominator (2 sticks of 8GB)
-Corsair Professional Series HX750W 80-GOLD Power Supply
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-Windows 7 Home Premium 64
-Samsung S23B550V monitor

The games I intend to play are Flight Simulator and the latest release of Counter-Strike. Other than that, I just plan to use it to store photos, watch HD videos, internet browsing, music playing and word processing. My cousin who is experienced in builds suggest that I just use the stock cooler, but I feel that its not good enough.

Thanks for any advice and suggestions given. Cheers
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Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo. Hands down.
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Well for price/performance the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO is the best at a reasonable $30.

And just FYI the new coolers on the 700 Nvidia series are really quiet.

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Go for the 212 Evo for sure.
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Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo. Hands down.

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Well for price/performance the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO is the best at a reasonable $30.
And just FYI the new coolers on the 700 Nvidia series are really quiet.


Not really a "lock" any more,the Xigmatek Gaia is only $19 and I would say they are quite comparable in performance.
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Yeah, the cheapest 120mm fan based tower cooler you can get, and maybe an additional high quality fan, if you are very picky about noise..
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post #7 of 54
When not Ocing, just get the cheapest 120mm tower like mentioned above. Just make sure the fan can run at a low rpm and you wont have any problems.
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I'm kinda picky about brands too as I said above.

I have read some reviews that the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo is little noisy so im not totally sure.
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I use a Hyper 212 with two of the stock (blademaster) fans on it, and it is in no way noisy at all. I can't even hear it when all other fans are unplugged.
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Is Cooler Master a premium brand compared to Noctua, Phanteks, etc.? I might get the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo and from reading the reviews, this cooler is highly recommended.

What thermal paste would be best to pair it up with if I should opt?
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