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Title says it all. Building my first htpc and want it to me quiet as possible. Will be on an AM3 socket cooling an Athlon II X3.

I have the ZALMAN CNPS7000C-AlCu 2 Ball CPU Cooler in mind but am concerned about noise and compatibility as per some reviews on the egg.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118048

Any suggestion? Thanks guys!
post #2 of 8
you say low profile, what is the height restriction/case?

take a look at these too

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835185129
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835185097
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...aster%20gemini

the first 2 are popular amongst HTPC users, and the 3rd I am using in one of my builds. It is solid and easy to mount.

-doober
post #3 of 8
OP: Did you find something? Doing my research as well. Seems the Big is the common suggestion ATM.
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Lol just did the same thread in the htpc section. Anyone got a big shruken? Is it quiet or silent?
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Hey

I got one of these for more than 2 years. Pros: If I remember right my CPU is 6C degrees cooler that with stock cooling at stock speed, but i dont think u will OC your HTPC, anyway it runs it cooler. Changed my mobo twice since and had no problem fitting it, socket 775. Very easy to install.

cons: not compatible with 4pin mobo fan connectors so u have to use the fan mate found in the package, otherwise it runs at full speed, 1800 RPM which is very noisy imo. lowest rpm is 890 and its noise level is noticeable.

Overall if u ask me i would not use it for an HTPC, only if you dont care about noise in complete silence. If you play a movie u can completely ignore it. I want to build an HTPC too, im going to use a CPU i7 at lowest MHz these run at 45C at full load and install a fanless cooler, ofcourse its hard to find an HTPC case to fit this in but there are solutions.
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Isn't it a 120mm fan? Why not change it out with something quieter?
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post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by Doober View Post
you say low profile, what is the height restriction/case?

take a look at these too

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835185129
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835185097
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...aster%20gemini

the first 2 are popular amongst HTPC users, and the 3rd I am using in one of my builds. It is solid and easy to mount.

-doober
Yep, Yep and Yep. I am in the process of researching one myself and the Scythe Big Shuriken 120mm got really good reviews. It's real high on my list. I'm just waiting for it to go on sale or special
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Yep, Yep and Yep. I am in the process of researching one myself and the Scythe Big Shuriken 120mm got really good reviews. It's real high on my list. I'm just waiting for it to go on sale or special
I use the Big Shuriken in my HTPC and absolutely love it. At stock clock, my i3 is more than sufficiently cooled and the 120mm fan on the cooler runs slow enough I can watch the individual blades.

Use promo code EMCYTZT289 @ Newegg before 11:59PM PST tonight and you'll get 15% off the cooler.
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