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For awhile I've noticed sort of a ticking noise coming from my computer. It sounds just like a hard drive quietly seeking. I always assumed the noise was the hard drives as I used to have 2, but after hearing no change in the noise after replacing one HDD with a SSD I was puzzled. I completely unplugged the hard drives and turned all the fans off and the noise was still there. Finally I took out the video card and powered on PC and bingo. I never thought it was the fan because it makes the same noise at any speed. It's almost like quiet crickets in the background. It's started to make more noise lately and it's starting to get annoying.

I talked to EVGA and they said to RMA the card, but I really don't want to send in a perfectly good card only to receive a refurb in return that may or may not have issues. I've been looking at aftermarket coolers and this is where I need some help deciding. It is a stock reference EVGA GTX 570 card. Here are a few of the coolers I have looked at and the current prices. I really don't want to spend more than about $60-$70 if I can help it.

- Arctic Accelero Xtreme Plus II - $60
- Arctic Cooling Accelero Twin Turbo II - $40
- Gelid Icy Vision - $55
- Prolimatech MK-13 - $60
- ZALMAN VF3000F - $70

At these price points which cooler would you recommend? If there is a better one that isn't on my list please let me know too. I was sort of thinking about going with the Accelero Twin Turbo II because the extra weight of the Xtreme Plus II worries me. I'm not really sure I need much more than the Twin Turbo II. Currently all I have is a moderate OC on the card. My other concern is making sure the cooler fits. I have a sound card in one of my lower PCI slots and don't know how much that would block airflow. Here is a crappy picture of how I have things now.

 

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I've only used them once so I may not be giving the best answer but the Arctic Accelero Xtreme Plus II and Arctic Cooling Accelero Twin Turbo II are good buys for the price. Performance-wise they work really well too, quiet and cools well. Just make sure that you have good airflow because it will be dumping hot air inside your case.
 

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I went ahead and ordered the Twin Turbo II. I've heard installing them can be a little tricky with the thermal adhesive on the heatsinks. I've still got some ArctiClean from about 5 years ago, I assume that stuff doesn't go bad. I saw the instructions say to use an eraser to clean the memory modules and stuff before putting on the thermal adhesive but wouldn't the ArctiClean alone do a better job? As far as airflow, I've got 2 120mm intakes in the front, 2 exhausts on top and an exhaust in the back so I'm pretty sure I'm okay airflow wise.
 

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ArctiClean should be fine, even an alcohol + q-tips work well
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