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post #11 of 17
Ouch, that cpu cooler height restriction is really going to narrow the field for an air cooling solution...........

A few options that should come close to fitting;

Zalman CNPS8000B
Zalman CNPS7000V
Arctic Freezer 11LP
GELID Solutions CC-Shero-01-A
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post #12 of 17
The fans that come with the Hydro coolers aren't too bad. A little loud at full speed, but if you turn them down to about 60% they're pretty quiet. You could replace the fans with something with better performance and lower noise as well. Gentle Typhoons have the best noise to performance ratio, but are around $20 a fan. Low speed Yate Loons are much cheaper at around $6 per fan and still have pretty good performance. The new-ish XSPC Xinruilian fans have been said to be a good low cost fan as well. For push-pull in your situation you would want air being sucked in through the front of the case. So it could go case>fan>radiator>fan.
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post #13 of 17
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Thank you for the suggestions!

How much temp/noise difference do you all think there is between Intel's stock cooler and any of these choices?
post #14 of 17
When I had my rig temporarily torn apart I was using the stock cooler on my i5 4670k at stock speeds and temps would get up to around 55C during stress testing. When I installed an H55 with a single Gentle Typhoon AP-15 at full speed temps dropped to about 45C during stress testing. The AP-15 and pump at full speed were quieter than the stock Intel cooler, not by a lot, but it was noticeable.
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post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by testudoaubreii View Post

Thank you for the suggestions!

How much temp/noise difference do you all think there is between Intel's stock cooler and any of these choices?

If you go with a dual fan AIO (more efficient)... the fans will typically not need to run as fast as a single fan AIO...which will be quieter. I would be surprised if the fans were even audible...except under heavy use conditions... which is not really likely on a HTPC. Even a single fan AIO would probably be pretty quiet.

As mentioned previously, controlling the fan speed can help... and if they are attached to mobo fan headers, you can set it through bios, or software.
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post #16 of 17
I'd rather go for one of the compact air coolers already mentioned for an i5-4570. For the AIOs, sometimes the pump acoustic quality is not great or can get worse over time. You don't have a huge thermal load here, so you don't need something amazing. Running processors at stock volts or lower, you can allow temps to go higher too.

The Thermalright AXP-100 height of 58 mm is including the fan. However, if targeting a low budget, you can probably go under that. I mean, if the goal is just quieter cooling than stock for a CPU that can't even really be overclocked, you don't need to improve that much on the stock cooler, just get enough headroom to be able to run the fans at a quiet level. Check out Arctic Cooling 11 LP ($25, 53 mm but note fan mounting / replacements), for example.

See if you can undervolt the processor to reduce power consumption.

Note that you may need to check CPU socket area clearance and positioning on an ITX mobo, especially if you're using the PCIe slot for all but the smallest air coolers like Noctua NH-L9i.
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by mikeaj View Post

I'd rather go for one of the compact air coolers already mentioned for an i5-4570. For the AIOs, sometimes the pump acoustic quality is not great or can get worse over time. You don't have a huge thermal load here, so you don't need something amazing. Running processors at stock volts or lower, you can allow temps to go higher too.

The Thermalright AXP-100 height of 58 mm is including the fan. However, if targeting a low budget, you can probably go under that. I mean, if the goal is just quieter cooling than stock for a CPU that can't even really be overclocked, you don't need to improve that much on the stock cooler, just get enough headroom to be able to run the fans at a quiet level. Check out Arctic Cooling 11 LP ($25, 53 mm but note fan mounting / replacements), for example.

See if you can undervolt the processor to reduce power consumption.

Note that you may need to check CPU socket area clearance and positioning on an ITX mobo, especially if you're using the PCIe slot for all but the smallest air coolers like Noctua NH-L9i.

Thanks!

I was actually thinking about the stock cooler. I have an i3 4330 with a stock cooler that I am replacing. Will the noise/temp match what I am seeing and hearing now with the i3 for the i5? If it is not that big of a difference, I may just keep the stock cooler. Then, I wouldn't have to take out everything to put a new cooler in.

Thanks!
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