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August 14, 2013 6:17:07 PM

Hi all,

I did my first build recently. I have a i5-4670K and I don't overclock it. When I game I've noticed my stock heat sink buzzing super loud. Temps have gotten up to 65 degrees C.

I'm thinking about getting a CPU cooler. My build is a almost silent---it's a server and gaming comp I have next to my bed.

I was looking at http://www.amazon.com/Silverstone-Tek-Heligon-LGA1155-H...

Any fanless coolers you'd recommend? Or super quiet other ones?

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August 14, 2013 6:27:57 PM

Your temps are fine, but if you want to get rid of the buzzing, get a Hyper 212 EVO or Xigmatek GAIA. To make either of those very quiet, replace the stock fan with a low rpm high cfm one.

That said, you'll probably find that the stock fan will be just fine since you aren't o/c ing.

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August 14, 2013 6:30:21 PM

or if u have the money get a nh-d14 its quiet as
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August 14, 2013 6:32:19 PM

skitz9417 said:
or if u have the money get a nh-d14 its quiet as


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August 14, 2013 6:38:11 PM

Even if you don't overclock you should look for a different heatsink with a quiet fan. Since you might want to overclock in the future I'd suggest a Cooler Master Evo. It comes with a Cooler Master Blade Master 120mm fan. I think it's very quiet when not gaming and I barely notice it from close.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-r...
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August 14, 2013 6:39:09 PM

As long as the tall axis is not parallel to the floor. That's a lot of weight.
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August 14, 2013 7:24:08 PM

Ya, I was being stupid. My budget is around $30.
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August 14, 2013 7:25:58 PM

Go with the Hyper 212 EVO.
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August 14, 2013 8:08:55 PM

Just about any aftermarket cooler will out-class the acoustics of your stock cooler.

If quiet is the name of the game, go for the Arctic Cooling i30 Freezer. It's on sale for $30, and does a pretty good job. Even when the fan is at full tilt, the sound is pretty graceful. Thermalright also makes really quiet options, but the options you'd want are out of your price range. :( 

Xigmatek Gaia is another good choice; can't go wrong for $25.

The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO is usually a good stand-by that's hard to go wrong with, but I see that Newegg put the price back up to $40. :( 
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August 14, 2013 8:33:39 PM

You could get a Cooler Master 212+. If it's still noisy you could simply replace the fan with another/quieter one.
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August 15, 2013 7:20:11 AM

Is the Hyper 212 EVO the quietest in that price range? I'm not too obsessed with performance, given that I don't OC. Just want silence.

I might, just might, OC later on. I have a pretty basic Mobo --- a msi g41 mate, but I think I can do a simple modest OC.
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August 15, 2013 7:32:59 AM

boomstick1 said:
Is the Hyper 212 EVO the quietest in that price range? I'm not too obsessed with performance, given that I don't OC. Just want silence.

I might, just might, OC later on. I have a pretty basic Mobo --- a msi g41 mate, but I think I can do a simple modest OC.


hard question to answer. If you aren't overclocking the CM Evo then it will run very quietly cuz it isn't being pushed. You could also get a CM 212+, not CM 212 Evo. It's cheaper and almost the same fan.
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August 15, 2013 6:39:53 PM

Like envy14type said, it is a hard question to answer. Honestly, when left to their own devices, most fans probably won't go above 1100-1200 RPM when at full load with stock speeds. You would have to have a discerning ear to really tell the difference, although fans to carry their own tone and character. (And, although it costs more, switching fans is always an option! Markwp mentioned this earlier.)

That said, you could just invest in the cheapest reliable cooler (like the Xigmatek Gaia) and call it good. There is also this option, but, I can't vouche for it: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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