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Hey guys! So far I'm really satisfied with my PC, I've done some OC and am quite happy with the results. Now noise is starting to bother me. Ok, first off, my specs (new rig):

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-849-_-Product)

GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3:
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128443)

- Stock air cooling:
- Stock AMD CPU Heatsink + Fan.
- NZXT TEMPEST EVO case
- 2x 120mm intake NZXT performance fans
- 2x 140mm exhaust NZXT performance fans
- 1x 120mm exhaust NZXT performance fan
- Stock clock is 3.2ghz.

What I need is:

The quietest CPU cooler (heatsink + fans).
3x 120mm ultra quiet case fans, the quietest you guys know of.
2x 140mm same as above.
post #2 of 33
Check out the SilenX series of fans. More expensive, but the quietest fans I know of.
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True black AMD version or Corsair's H50/H70, and a pile of Gentle Typhoons sounds like the answer to me...
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Originally Posted by avalon View Post
Check out the SilenX series of fans. More expensive, but the quietest fans I know of.
Those are actually the worst fans I know of. Horrid reputation of dying after only a few months of use, fake specs (literally), and they're almost as ugly as Noctuas.
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Originally Posted by dejanribic View Post
Hey guys! So far I'm really satisfied with my PC, I've done some OC and am quite happy with the results. Now noise is starting to bother me. Ok, first off, my specs (new rig):

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-849-_-Product)

GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3:
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128443)

- Stock air cooling:
- Stock AMD CPU Heatsink + Fan.
- NZXT TEMPEST EVO case
- 2x 120mm intake NZXT performance fans
- 2x 140mm exhaust NZXT performance fans
- 1x 120mm exhaust NZXT performance fan
- Stock clock is 3.2ghz.

What I need is:

The quietest CPU cooler (heatsink + fans).
3x 120mm ultra quiet case fans, the quietest you guys know of.
2x 140mm same as above.
Well first I would recommend you check out the silentpcreview.com forums. Here people will claim 1600rpm 120mm fans are silent simply because they do not produce more noise than their other 2000rpm case fans. At silentpcreivew they have a more realistic definition of silence.

Here are my recommendations:

1. Get any cooler that can cool your CPU with fans running at or less than 1000rpm, preferably 600rpm (above 600rpm is typically the speed at which 120mm fans become audible to the human ear, with a few exceptions). I would say get the Noctua NH-D14, Thermalright Silver Arrow, or Thermalright Archon, however these might be overkill for your needs.

2. The guys at SilentPCReview tend to like the Scythe SFLEX E undervolted to 800RPM as a case fan.

3. For 140mm I would only get the Thermalright TY-140 fan
Edited by Vegetables - 1/15/11 at 2:28pm
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You know, if you're not looking for serious OCing, you can get completely passive heatsinks for a CPU?

I don't mean buy the first one you see, but I remember seeing one a while back that held up fairly well to mild OCing.

Of course, if that's not what you're after, then have you considered water cooling?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Korlus View Post
You know, if you're not looking for serious OCing, you can get completely passive heatsinks for a CPU?

I don't mean buy the first one you see, but I remember seeing one a while back that held up fairly well to mild OCing.

Of course, if that's not what you're after, then have you considered water cooling?
IMO passive cooling is overrated, especially when it would be difficult for even a silence freak to detect a quality fan running at 600rpm or so.

Oh yea and GO RAVENS
Edited by Vegetables - 1/15/11 at 2:33pm
post #8 of 33
I have a 120mm 1100 RPM Gentle typhoon (D1225C12B3AP-13) as a case fan and it is virtually silent. The 1450 RPM version is also very quiet if you want a little more air movement.

My Prolimatech Megahalems CPU cooler is also essentially silent with 2X 1850 RPM gentle typhoons on it (I keep them at about 1000 RPM for normal use with a fan controller).

I think any high end cooler will be very quiet if you do not have a desire to OC.

The Thermalright TY-140 is one of the quietest 140mm fans according to what I have seen. However it is a PWM powered fan. This could be a plus or a minus depending on how you use it.

EDIT: I can spin my gentle typhoons as low as 400 RPM with a fan controller. Just thought I would mention that. If you really are after silence I suggest a fan controller. That way you can really slow the fans down and balance noise vs airflow to your taste.
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post #9 of 33
get a good heatsink. The TR Archon is a good choice, run the fan @around 800rpm.
get Noiseblocker Multiframe S1 120mm
get Noiseblocker BlackSilent XK1 140mm

And just leave your clocks at around 3,6GHz/1,25V or 3,8GHz/1,3V, you usually need 0,1V more for another 0,2GHz wich is NOT a good trade, Noise/performance wise.


Whatabout you graphics Card, a good VGA cooler is also mandatory...!


edit: also get a SSD for system disk,, if you need it really silent
Edited by Elohim - 1/15/11 at 2:50pm
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COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-X i have is pretty quiet..
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