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Hello,

My question is pretty much what the the title asks. Will the stock cooler for the i3 4330 be good enough for an HTPC? I will not be overclocking or anything. I will be using it, of course, for streaming and storing audio and video media, and some music creation/editing.

Other components (just in case it helps you help me :^):

Gigabyte GA-H81N
2 x 4GB Crucial Ballistic 1.5V 1600 RAM
Corsair CX 430 Watt Modular PSU
Kingston 120 GB SSD
1TB USB 3.0 External HDD
CoolerMaster 130 Mini ITX case

Thank you in advance for your help!
post #2 of 9
Yes it will just fine. Although since you are going for HTPC maybe you would want a passive/silent cooler? You could always get one of those and then you don't have to worry about the noise of the fan.
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Yes it will just fine. Although since you are going for HTPC maybe you would want a passive/silent cooler? You could always get one of those and then you don't have to worry about the noise of the fan.

Thank you for your reply!

Can you recommend a nice, silent one...on a budget?
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This is the best I could find so far. biggrin.gif

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835242009

Is that within your budget?
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This is the best I could find so far. biggrin.gif

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835242009

Is that within your budget?

Thanks for looking!

Yeah, I would say that is around my budget.
post #6 of 9
A little bit harder to find these days, but the Thermolab ITX30 is an unbelievable HTPC cooler for LGA 115X - http://hitechlegion.com/reviews/cooling/heatsinks/38781-thermolab-itx30-ultra-low-profile-cpu-cooler

Their only North American distributor right now is on eBay.
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You could also just get a good heatsink that has a very low fan speed noise anyways but is a bit more money. What I would do is use the stock one first and if it does not remain quiet enough for you then get a new one. I bet it will be quiet enough though. smile.gif
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Hello,

My question is pretty much what the the title asks. Will the stock cooler for the i3 4330 be good enough for an HTPC? I will not be overclocking or anything. I will be using it, of course, for streaming and storing audio and video media, and some music creation/editing.

Other components (just in case it helps you help me :^):

Gigabyte GA-H81N
2 x 4GB Crucial Ballistic 1.5V 1600 RAM
Corsair CX 430 Watt Modular PSU
Kingston 120 GB SSD
1TB USB 3.0 External HDD
CoolerMaster 130 Mini ITX case

Thank you in advance for your help!

I use the stock cooler on my dad's i3 HTPC and you can't hear it at all, even while streaming! You'll be good and can put the cash towards something more fun than cooling tongue.gif
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I use the stock cooler on my dad's i3 HTPC and you can't hear it at all, even while streaming! You'll be good and can put the cash towards something more fun than cooling tongue.gif

lol...that sounds good to me!
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