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post #1 of 9
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Hi guys,

I just finished assembling my new PC and i was shocked about the amount of noize the stock cooler is capable of producing. I'm running at stock frequencies and still when the CPU is under load (not full load) the CPU fan spins around 5000 RPM kookoo.gif producing a very annoying loud noize.

My (relevant) specs:

AMD Phenom II 955 BE @stock
Asus M488TD-V EVO/USB3
Case: In Win Griffin Black, dimensions: 414 x 180 x 498 mm, 145mm CPU cooler clearance?
Stock heatsink fan



I don't know much about coolers, but i have 3 limitations:
1. Budget (i really can't go over 60$ but keep in mind in Romania electronics are more expensive than in USA for example);
2. Noize (i'm looking for a quiet cooler;
3. Weight/Size, my case has 180mm width, from a review of the case i saw it only has a 145ish mm CPU cooler clearance (witout the side panel fan installed, with it installed the clearance drops to 125mm)

Any suggestion is welcomed as long as it doesn't cross the limits mentioned above. Please take into account that my PSU is installed on top so i would like to avoid coolers that blow the hot air towards the top.
Edited by Pentdragon - 3/16/11 at 9:46am
post #2 of 9
although i am a little biased, the cooler master hyper 212 plus is a great price/performance cooler and at 30 bucks is a steal. has worked great for me and keeps my idle temps below 30c and load temps have never gone above 45c. granted, i don't have an extreme overclock on my chip, but it is unlocked. just my opinion though.

edit: as far as your 3 "walls" go

1: it's $30 as mentioned above, costing less than the coolers mentioned.
2: the noise with the included fan is barely audible even at 100% (at least to me it is)
3: not sure if that particular case you mentioned can fit the 212+, and the weight isn't too bad. the included brackets seem to keep it snuggly in place.
Edited by NicksTricks007 - 2/28/11 at 5:47am
post #3 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by NicksTricks007;12553939 
although i am a little biased, the cooler master hyper 212 plus is a great price/performance cooler and at 30 bucks is a steal. has worked great for me and keeps my idle temps below 30c and load temps have never gone above 45c. granted, i don't have an extreme overclock on my chip, but it is unlocked. just my opinion though.

Beat me to it. Yea, the CM Hyper 212+ is perhaps the best VFM cooler out there. I've never heard of the coolers you mentioned there, CM n520/620 also would be a good choice.
Edited by adizz - 2/28/11 at 5:41am
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post #4 of 9
i'd buy the hyper n520 over the 212+.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103057
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post #5 of 9
the 212+ is quiet
n520 is quieter, but its not quite as good of a cooler

mc has the 212+ on sale for $24
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0315397
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Mugen 2 nearly silent, cheap, but its big
    
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post #7 of 9
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I checked to see if the Cooler Master Hyper 212+ would fit in my case (In Win Griffin black-horrible case for a mid range build) and on a forum someone said that the case should have atleast 185mm width in order for me to be able to close the side panel. I haven't measured the clearance myself but the case is advertised as having 180mm width.

Any other suggestion?
Edited by Pentdragon - 3/16/11 at 9:23am
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*BUMP*

I still haven't decided and NO the Hyper 212 won't fit in my case, plus it would blow the air towards my PSU.
post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by Pentdragon;12754153 
*BUMP*

I still haven't decided and NO the Hyper 212 won't fit in my case, plus it would blow the air towards my PSU.


EDIT: I found another review of the case which says they used a Tt Frio as a cooler....
http://hardwarebistro.com/?option=com_simple_review&Itemid=84&review=152-In-Win-Griffin-Chassis-Review

So what's the damn clearance for this thing?
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