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Newbie help needed - air cooling for E8400 @4GHz - Quiet

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December 14, 2008 11:10:56 PM

Title says it all really. About to get the above CPU on a P5Q-E (ebay purchase). Seller said he had it running solid a 4GHz but was using water cooling (which isn't part of the purchase) and I'm not sure I'm ready to go down that road so will stick to air. I'd like a solution that's going to do the job and do it quietly as I'm also putting a quiet GPU and PSU into the system, along with some sound dampening foam into the case.

Would really appreciate some suggestions.
December 14, 2008 11:51:47 PM

hmm... a TRUE with a quiet fan or two strapped to it? could be a bit expensive though. a xigmatek HDT-S1283 with fan on low is pretty quiet, and theres no temp difference between low and high so.. just grab a xiggy imo, and if its still too loud for you (you have problems :lol: ) just buy a silent fan and put that on it instead of the stock fan that comes with it. make sure not to get the EE 1283 though..
December 15, 2008 12:06:21 AM

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Kuma said:
Pros: I went from a mid range water cooling rig to this V8, from COOLERMASTER. This thing is actually slightly better than my water cooling rig, and I also compared it to my ZEROTherm Nirvana 120 and it was a few degrees F better than that too! I clocked my E8400 all the way up to 4 GHZ easily with this thing.

It fits in my COSMOS case perfectly, and its pretty quiet. It looks really good too.

I think this is possibly the best cooler in the world right now on AIR. I can't wait to see what the V10 does if this one is already so good!

I love the way it looks too! NO COMPLAINTS! I installed it in minutes!

Cons: Yeah right! NONE


You can go with the COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail $69.99 (but out of stock)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or get it at Performance-PCs for $69.99
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

Also the XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail $28.99 ($18.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That will fit your board ok, but would also suggest if you get the Xigmatek you also get the Back-plate Bracket. Which will allow for better and tighter fit then using the stock Intel style pushpins hook-up.

XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - Retail $8.49 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Another option is to go with the Coolit Systems "PURE CPU Cooler" regular priced at 134.99 but on sale for $65.
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The PURE CPU Cooler includes: a Radiator / Pump Module, and a CPU Fluid Heat Exchanger (FHE). This universal sealed closed-loop maintenance free system is pre-plumbed and charged for simple bolt-in installation.

***SAVE $65 use Coupon Code 'purecool' at checkout***

***SAVE $65 / Pure for 2 PURE CPU Coolers use Coupon Code 'purecoolx2' at checkout***

http://www.coolitsystems.com/oscommerce/product_info.ph...

Hope this helps you out some.
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December 15, 2008 1:33:21 AM

yeah the CM V8... riight.
December 15, 2008 9:39:40 AM

thanks for the tips guys. I think I'm going to go with the Xigmatek as it seem to be a good value/performance option. A bit more digging around with these combinations seems to show some are getting 50C under load @4GHz which seems pretty good. I'm assuming any decent 3rd-party TIM can be used to good effect.
December 15, 2008 12:16:38 PM

I have the 8400 @ 4GHz but with a Asus Rampage formula mobo and a Tuniq Tower 120 it runs at 37 degrees at idle and 56 at full whack under prime. I haven't had a game get anywhere near that temp yet.
December 15, 2008 1:48:35 PM

noctua c12-p is a wonderful and quiet cooler, its about 50quid from ebuyer i think.

keeps my e8600@4ghz at 28c when idle, max around 35-40c with load.
heh maybe its time i pushed it a little harder.
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January 11, 2009 11:03:24 PM

You have to be really careful. Measure from the top of the CPU to the lowest part of the probably DVD player that will overhang the CPU area. After you have installed the mobo and CPU of course. Then start looking for low profile coolers, they are listed like that sometimes.
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