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92mm HSF or a Low Profile 120mm HSF, low budget.

Poll Results: Sub £20 CPU Cooler

 
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    Xigmatek Loki
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    Alpenfohn Civetta (with new 92mm fan)
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    Cooler Master TX3 Evo
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    AC Freezer 13
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    other......
 
post #1 of 2
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Ok, ill try to cut a long ish story short.....

My wife's AMD rig (in my sig) is using the stock cooler/fan, and every night it sounds like this thing wants to take off....

I can hear the noise through my headset when im gaming (about 10-12ft away) , and so I took a look at HWMonitor to see.

4900 rpm
45c (max temp)

I'm in the market for a 92mm or LP 120mm HSF but budget means that it needs to under £20....
I use the 212 Evo (which is what I would've bought) but it only manages to fit into my 200mm wide case with a few mm to spare. The case this cooler will be going into is only 190mm wide.

Now, the options I've short listed....

Xigmatek Loki
Alpenfohn Civetta
CM TX3 Evo
AC Freezer 13

The xigmatek is the better performer in terms of cfm and dBA, but given the Alpenfohn is £6 cheaper I could get a better 92mm fan to sort the loudness but I have no clue what... I found a Nexus 92mm PWM which combined with the Alpenfohn is still under budget. And then there is the cooler master TX3 Evo which I believe has better heat transfer..

On the bench (sitting outside my budget) is the Thermaltake True Spirit 120M, which is the low profile 120mm cooler.

Right, onto the pc usage.....
It's currently running at stock settings and being loud as hell, but with a new cooler I'd like to get at least 3.4ghz 24/7 clock and it being fairly quiet.


Any ideas? I'm going round in circles.
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Intel Rig, :D
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AMD Rig
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i5-3570K Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H HD 4870 Corsair XMS3 8GB 1600mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
250GB Sata III 500GB Sata II Sony Optiarc 7280s Cooler Mastre Hyper 212 EVO 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Cibox 22" OCZ ModXStream Pro 600w Casecom K5-9388 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II x4 960T (3.5ghz OC) Gigabyte 970A-UD3 Sapphire HD 7750 1GB Corsair XMS3 4GB (2x2GB 1333mhz DDR3) 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
1TB Sata III 64mb AMD Stock Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Cibox 22' 1680x1050 
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post #2 of 2
I am actually looking for something similar for my girlfriends Phenom II X4 960T. I will be rebuilding the rig with a better case and water cooling, but until then I need a cheap, low profile, and effective air cooler.
One thing I've found is that with the 92mm fan based coolers, push pull fans are even more important if noise is a concern, due to most fans that size being rather high speed...
   
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EVGA GTX780Ti Classified K|ngp|n Edition @ 1483... 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws-Z @ DDR3-2248 9-10-9-26 1T Samsung 830 256GB SSD WD10EZEX 1TB HDD 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
WD10EALX 1TB HDD Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB WD3200AAKS 320GB HDD WD5000HHTZ 10krpm 500GB VelociRaptor 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
LG/Hitachi Slim DVD-R/W Custom MB-Backside VRM-sinks (Copper) 3x NZXT RF-FX140LB 1-2krpm 98.3CFM Case Fans 2x Corsair SP120-PE Case Fans 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Heatkiller GTX680 "Hole Edition" Block + Backplate XSPC Single-Bay Res (Single 5.25 bay) EK Multioption Res X2 - Advanced 150 DD "Fill-Port Res" + Fill-Port Fitting (Red) 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
2x MCP35X + Heatsinks/80x15mm Fan XSPC EX420 Alphacool NeXXos UT60 240 6x Bgears Blasters 140mm 1800rpm Fans 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
4x Koolance 120x25mm 2600rpm Fans Comp/Rotary Fittings (BP/XSPC/Monsoon) Primoflex Pro LRT - White (1/2x3/4) Windows 7 Professional 64bit  
MonitorMonitorMonitorMonitor
Dell P2210Hb 21.5" 1920x1080p Viewsonic VA2012WB 20.1" LCD 1680x1050 Dell U3014 Eizo 27" 1440p 10bit RGB-LED Backlit AH-IPS Panel 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
55" LG HDTV (their top 2014 model) Ducky Mechanical (Browns) NZXT HALE90 850W + 8 blown-up AX1200/i's NZXT Switch 810 (White) 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
R.A.T.3 + MX510 My Desk GRADO RS1i Headphones Grado PS1000 Headphones 
OtherOtherOtherOther
Bitfenix Hydra Pro Fan Controller 5ch 30W/ch Bitfenix Alchemy Individually-Sleeved Extension... NZXT Individually-Sleeved Front Panel Wires (Bl... Phobya Sleeved 1x3pin-to-4x3pin Fan Splitter 
OtherOtherOther
Sleeved Wires w Paracord myself (no Heatshrink) Custom Front and Top Panels w HexxMesh *In Prog... Working on Custom Pedestal Prototype 
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