I am looking for a silent air cooler for an intel Q9550. I don't plan to overclock, but I also have a 4850 x2 inside my computer and I do game (Age of Empires III, Civilization IV,...).
So it just should be a good and silent cooler. I was thinking about a Scythe Zipang or Zipang 2. I would prefer the Zipang, cause it's more silent...would it keep my cpu cool enough ? I don't want the Scythe +orochi...it's just too big and heavy. I have an Antec Threehundred case and I do take my computer with me sometimes.
Correct me if I am wrong, but when I check the charts on Frostytech I get the impression the stock cooler would make less noise then the Zipang when using stock fan speeds. That's why I can't decide,
I allready looked into other cooling solutions for my 4850 x2, but there aren't any aftermarket coolers for that model. Well, at least not on air. I also looked into watercooling, but as someone suggested...if I move my computer it wouldn't be very practical. Decent watercooling also is pretty expensive. I checked prices...watercooling my cpu and vga with silent components would cost me something like 500 euro(~335 US dollar).
Something I can do is put a silent air cooler on my cpu to begin with. Maybe later I can buy silent case fans; the ones I have now aren't that bad, but I think it can be better.
I guess I'll go for the scythe zipang, not the zipang 2...for the noise. The zipang 2 is also compatible with i5, but it's not like I'll be upgrading in that direction in the near future. I guess I better get me a fan controller too then...maybe even a multi-fan controller,