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Silent cooler for low-profile rig

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I'm looking for a good and somewhat silent low profile cooler for socket 1156 (my Audiophile rig). My budget is $50, but i'm willing to cash out up to $10 more if it's worth it.

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post #2 of 7
I really don't think you could go wrong with this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608029
Noctua is known for being quiet, that's within your budget, it most certainly should handle an "audio" computer, and is low profile. You won't get true silence of course unless you ditch the fan.
    
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post #3 of 7
What does "low profile" mean in your case in millimeter height ? wink.gif
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post #4 of 7
I've built two HTPCs (one was for my daughter) using the i3 Ivy Bridge CPU and used the stock cooler each time. Following start up you cannot hear anything at all. I tried a Silverstone NT07 on another SFF office build but it was quite noisy as if the bearing was bad. I looked at the Noctua cooler mentioned above and it doesn't fit properly on the Gigabyte mini-ITX MoBo in my builds. If you are just watching TV and Movies, I suspect the stock cooler is just fine (and the price is right).
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post #5 of 7
The NT07 is not really better than the Stock cooler though. Depending on how much space there is you might be able to use a Thermalright AXP100/200, Prolimatech Samuel or Noctua L12 etc wich are way superior compared to the boxed cooler.

But you are right maybe the Stock cooler IS sufficient.
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post #6 of 7
I used the Lian Li PC-Q27 case which is passively cooled and there is only 70mm of clearance for a CPU cooler which really limits things. When I looked at idle speed cooling data the stock cooler is pretty much equivalent to everything out there. Since none of the builds that I've done are really CPU demanding and I'm using on chip Intel graphics the stock cooler runs fine. Using CoreTemp measurments, the i3 temp only runs a little bit warmer than room temp even when using the DVD drive or streaming. I can't complain about this!

You are right about the NT07 not being much better than the stock cooler. I got an RMA for the bad cooler and have a spare cooler sitting in box that I probably will never use.
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post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
I know the stock cooler is enough, hell, for now it is running the stock cooler of my ole 2600k, the copper center makes it run 3-5c cooler than the stock all-aluminum one. It is still quite loud though, and it makes the CPU run a bit hot for my tastes. I mean, an i3-550 with stock speeds running 70c? That's the temp i had when it was running @ 4.6 GHz, but back then it had an H70 cooling it, but still...

I'm not too sure of the height i have available, but i think it's around 70-80 mm as there is a bit of space between the PSU and the Intel cooler. Got to measure it once i get home. RAM clearance isn't a problem, i sold the Corsair RAM and got it fitted with Samsung Wonder RAMs, which are quite small.
Edited by Starbomba - 8/8/13 at 9:39am
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Black Ice Pro II EK-BAY RES Dual DDC 3.25 Serial 2x Laing DDC-1T 3x Koolance VL4N-F/M13-19S 
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X79 The Hydra
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Samsung 840 EVO MZ-7TE250BW Intel SSDSC2BF180A401 Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 Samsung SH-222BB 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK-Supremacy Clean CSQ 1x Thermalright TY-140 EK-FC R9-290X Black Ice GT Stealth 240 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Black Ice Pro II EK-BAY RES Dual DDC 3.25 Serial 2x Laing DDC-1T 3x Koolance VL4N-F/M13-19S 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Sunbeam Rheosmart 3 6x Gentle Typhoon AP-2150 Windows 10 Pro x64 Dell SP2309W 
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CM Storm QuickFire Rapid - MX Browns Cooler Master V1000 CM 690 II Advanced Cyborg R.A.T. 7 
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Corsair TW3X4G1333C9D Samsung M393B2873FH0-CH9 Western Digital WD2500BEKT-75PVMT0 Thermalright Ultima-90 
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Thermalright TRUE Copper Thermalright VX BTK II Gentle Typhoon AP-2150 Panaflo FBA12G12H 
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