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Quiet/Effective CPU Cooling Fan


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I've got an AMD Phenom II X4 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz AM3 CPU, and an ASRock 990FX Extreme3 Mobo.

 

Now that that's out of the way;

 

The stock fan for the CPU above is extremely noisy, and from what I read, it's not a good fan to Overclock with.  I'd like some suggestions for a fan that is fairly quiet and effective enough to overclock if I desire (Effectiveness > Noise).

 

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      Narcotic

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+2  the EVO is hard to beat for the price.

 

I like the looks of the TPC-812 more, and it cools a tad better, but is a tad louder too, not to mention twice as much $$$.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103176

 

this is a nice list with temps and noise: http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=2713&page=4

 

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Any tower-type cooler that has a few copper heatpipes and a 120mm fan will run circles around the stock OEM cooler in both thermal performance and noise. You can get one starting around 25$ and when the fan gets noisy you can just swap it. 

 

Just my two cents. :)

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What case are you using? Height from top of  CPU on mounted motherboard to case side determines possible height of heatsink assembly. RAM height can also matter (heat spreader height).

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  • 2 weeks later...

Sorry for the long time to reply, was out of town for work!  

 

Well, budget it's too big of a deal for me (wouldn't go over $200, but that's way more than any CPU sink/fan that I'm aware of).

 

 

But the votes, are in and I'll give the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo may be the winner.

 

Any last shots, maybe up to $100? 

I noticed the Hyper 212 Evo that everyone mentioned above is only ~$40 or a bit less, so that sounds like a steal determined by the ratings of it.

 

I typically shop at Newegg for PC hardware.

 

EDIT: Also, I doubt the spacing in my tower will be an issue, I have the Thermaltake Chaser MK-I and it's quite spacey.

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