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Quiet 120MM CPU fan

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
What is the quietest 120mm cpu fan that can cool better than the stock intel fan? Price doesn't matter.
post #2 of 16
Can you clarify? Do you mean fan or heatsink? You have the same heat sink as me the Arctic freezer I30 which is reviewed as being one of the quietest 120mm units around AFAIK.

Perhaps just change the F12 fan on the heatsink to a Gelid silent 12 or Bitfenix spectre? I have used both of those and they are quieter then the F12 and quite cheap, can't say they will have great cooling performance on the heat sink though but if it's silence you're after that's the price you pay.
post #3 of 16
Zalman and thermalright have low noise heatsink with fans which could be what yoy want

For more money phanteks and noctua
post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestions.
I ended up with this thing

http://www.amazon.com/BitFenix-Spectre-120mm-BFF-SPRO-12025WW-RP-White/dp/B008UYRECA

For my case, are case fans really necessary? Notice that I'm using the IGPU right now, so the case is pretty empty.

Also, are there other noise sources inside a pc other than the fans? Like can electrical components themselves emit subtle sounds when powered up?

And what is the cheapest fanless psu? According to the calculator a 300-400 w psu is more than enough for my system.

Thank you.
Edited by Popple - 3/11/14 at 1:15am
post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by Popple View Post

Thanks for the suggestions.
I ended up with this thing

http://www.amazon.com/BitFenix-Spectre-120mm-BFF-SPRO-12025WW-RP-White/dp/B008UYRECA

For my case, are case fans really necessary? Notice that I'm using the IGPU right now, so the case is pretty empty.

Also, are there other noise sources inside a pc other than the fans? Like can electrical components themselves emit subtle sounds when powered up?

And what is the cheapest fanless psu? According to the calculator a 300-400 w psu is more than enough for my system.

Thank you.
Yes, your case needs case fans to flow cool air to components and than flow their heated exhaust air out of case without mixing with the cool air.

Yes, HDDs can have motor noise, click and clunk, GPUs, PSU, etc can have electrical buzz and whine.

A low speed fan makes so little noise you can't hear it. I have 8 fans in my system (3x case, 2x cooler, 2x GPU, 1x PSU) and with system below 80% load is silent.. except for quiet HDD noise. Other system has 14x fans and is quiet too. wink.gif
post #6 of 16
Yes case fans help to reduce the temperature of your cpu,gpu,hdd,mobo.with a good airflow.the fan you should get for intake should have lower cfm than the exhaust.and ofcourse

There is no point on a fanless psu.the noise is minimal compared to the cpu cooler or the video card
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by PontiacGTX View Post

.the fan you should get for intake should have lower cfm than the exhaust.and of course
I think I'm doing the opposite, I use two of these on the front and one on the back.

http://www.amazon.com/Enermax-Silence-Twister-Bearing-UCTB12/dp/B003IB2HYA

I thought that's how it should work?
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There is no point on a fanless psu.the noise is minimal compared to the cpu cooler or the video card
Good to know, thanks.
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GPUs, PSU, etc can have electrical buzz and whine.
as in subtle, constant noises or the loud type?

Also, I'm trying to decide what to do with my video card.

It's this one

http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1&gid=3&sgid=1157&pid=1841&lid=1

I think the slowest speed the CCC allows is 20%, not sure how many dbs that equals.

Will a passive gpu make a difference against my card when it is idle? I'm thinking the 3rd party manufacturers are bound to come out with a passive 750ti soon.

Edit: I realized that most of the noise is coming from the cpu fan, the AC fan is very loud despite claiming to be a quiet solution.
post #8 of 16
A negative airflow is the way to go.as always I use.the bad it`s the dust
post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
What about the fanless gpu idea? How loud are dual fan video cards at idle?
post #10 of 16
Less noisy than cade fans.
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