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CPU cooler too noisy and suggestion about changing it

Hello community!
My CPU is an AMD Phenom II X4 955 and i am currently using the stock cooler which is terrible at its job and sounds like a JET. I am pretty sure that the CPU cooler is responsible for the noise since i tryied preventing him from spinning for a sec and the sound was about 10 times lower. So because i want to have a silent computer i was thinking of water cooling.
Particulary the Thermaltake WATER 3.0 EXTREME, i know its working compatible with my CPU and many other CPUs which in great for when i will choose to uptate my CPU.

I would like to know if the particular water cooler is trustworthy and easy to install, plus if you have a better suggestion please let me know. ( around the same money and make sure to note me as to why you suggest another cooler. )

Last but not least, do all water cooler or at least the Thermaltake WATER 3.0 EXTREME fit in any computer case?

Thank you.
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  1. Water cooling isn't always quieter than just fan cooling. Larger fans are generally quieter so just doing something like a 212 Evo would make a huge difference. My own 965BE is running with a Zalman CNPS 5x which made a huge improvement over the stock cooler but even it's fairly loud if it gets cranked up during heavy use.
  2. Traciatim said:
    Water cooling isn't always quieter than just fan cooling. Larger fans are generally quieter so just doing something like a 212 Evo would make a huge difference. My own 965BE is running with a Zalman CNPS 5x which made a huge improvement over the stock cooler but even it's fairly loud if it gets cranked up during heavy use.


    Is though the particular water cooler good? Cause i can see no reason why i shouldn't go to water cooling.
  3. theodoros2310 said:
    Traciatim said:
    Water cooling isn't always quieter than just fan cooling. Larger fans are generally quieter so just doing something like a 212 Evo would make a huge difference. My own 965BE is running with a Zalman CNPS 5x which made a huge improvement over the stock cooler but even it's fairly loud if it gets cranked up during heavy use.


    Is though the particular water cooler good? Cause i can see no reason why i shouldn't go to water cooling.


    I guess the real question is, if you are going for quiet, how is dual 120mm fans and a pump going to be less noisy than 1 120mm fan on the 212Evo... and why would you spend 120 bucks on an old and fairly slow processor when 35 bucks would do the trick. Plus, does your chassis have a mounting area for 2 120mm fans and a radiator?
  4. Traciatim said:
    theodoros2310 said:
    Traciatim said:
    Water cooling isn't always quieter than just fan cooling. Larger fans are generally quieter so just doing something like a 212 Evo would make a huge difference. My own 965BE is running with a Zalman CNPS 5x which made a huge improvement over the stock cooler but even it's fairly loud if it gets cranked up during heavy use.


    Is though the particular water cooler good? Cause i can see no reason why i shouldn't go to water cooling.


    I guess the real question is, if you are going for quiet, how is dual 120mm fans and a pump going to be less noisy than 1 120mm fan on the 212Evo... and why would you spend 120 bucks on an old and fairly slow processor when 35 bucks would do the trick. Plus, does your chassis have a mounting area for 2 120mm fans and a radiator?


    As i said i want the this water cooler because its cometible with mane CPU and i intend to upgrade the CPU soon.
  5. I would agree, a decent air cooler like the Hyper Evo 212 or Xigmatek Gaia or Thermaltake Frio would work better here. Close loop water cooling is useful for freeing up space and can best some of the mid-range coolers, but the top marks still go to the very expensive air coolers such as Noctua NH-14, or custom high flow water loops.
  6. Best answer
    theodoros2310 said:
    Traciatim said:
    theodoros2310 said:
    Traciatim said:
    Water cooling isn't always quieter than just fan cooling. Larger fans are generally quieter so just doing something like a 212 Evo would make a huge difference. My own 965BE is running with a Zalman CNPS 5x which made a huge improvement over the stock cooler but even it's fairly loud if it gets cranked up during heavy use.


    Is though the particular water cooler good? Cause i can see no reason why i shouldn't go to water cooling.


    I guess the real question is, if you are going for quiet, how is dual 120mm fans and a pump going to be less noisy than 1 120mm fan on the 212Evo... and why would you spend 120 bucks on an old and fairly slow processor when 35 bucks would do the trick. Plus, does your chassis have a mounting area for 2 120mm fans and a radiator?


    As i said i want the this water cooler because its cometible with mane CPU and i intend to upgrade the CPU soon.


    The Anandtech article on it seems to show it performing fairly well, but is about twice as loud as many of the non-water coolers when maxed out. http://www.anandtech.com/show/6984/thermaltake-water-30-closed-loop-cooler-roundup/4

    If you notice on that chart though, the air coolers perform pretty well and are much quieter. For instance, the Extreme was twice as loud as the Noctua NH-U12S.
  7. ALso another thing, do water coolers fit in any PC case?
  8. theodoros2310 said:
    ALso another thing, do water coolers fit in any PC case?


    No, you would have to have a case with space for 2 120mm fans with extreme, and ensure there is enough room around the mounts to have the radiator and the fans connected. As an example, my Antec Sonata III I use on my main machine only has room for a back 120mm fan, so there is really no good way to mount a dual fan radiator there.
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