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October 8, 2010 2:41:04 PM

So I just got a AMD 945 chip, matched with an ASRock board and 4gigs DDR3 1600 GSKill memory.

I have zero plans to OC.
Built the system and it works great.
But now I am wondering if i should get a different heatsink to replace the stock one (unless people here think it will do the job).
Idle temps are around 40C...granted, the build is new so it is breaking in. Still, with heavy gaming around the corner, I am thinking, should I replace the standard HS with a different one for better cooling and better noise reduction.

I am planning on gaming a lot and outside of the, browsing the net, email etc...

If I do get another heatsink, I really dont want a big hulking thing in my case. I would prefer something not THAT huge and I feel like its going to break my mobo. IF possible, would prefer something that can hook onto my existing AMD retention module and not put a backplate on (if possible).

Does anyone have suggestions for that?
I'll stop there for now and answer any additional questions.

OH ya, dont want my case sounding like a jet. My last build was like that and it got real old fast.

Cheers.

Sek

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a b K Overclocking
October 8, 2010 3:17:38 PM

I you don't plan on overclocking then you don't need a new cooler. If the noise bothers you, that's a different story. For under 40 dollars, I recommend this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Will also give you the flexibility to overclock sometime down the road if you feel like it.
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October 8, 2010 3:24:28 PM

sportsfanboy said:
I you don't plan on overclocking then you don't need a new cooler. If the noise bothers you, that's a different story. For under 40 dollars, I recommend this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Will also give you the flexibility to overclock sometime down the road if you feel like it.


Ya, I think its the noise that bugs me. Since that is the case, was trying to find a replacement that would be obviously quieter as well as provide more cooling.

I was trying to find something that was pretty simple to install (hooking onto the existing AMD retention module) and not overly big (over 500g).

Was looking at a few and the following look interesting:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.scythe-usa.com/product/cpu/050/scsmz2000-det...

Was also looking at a Nexus one:

http://www.nexustek.nl/NXS-XiR-2300_Xir-3500_silent-CPU...

Those "appear" to hook onto the retention module, but cant tell for sure.

Thanks for the help.

Sek
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October 8, 2010 3:36:02 PM

sportsfanboy said:
Out of all those I would probably go with the Arctic cooler. I did a quick search and found this Arctic cooler for 19.00. It's an open box but it's 19.00, lol

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I *think* it fits my need in regards to cooling and sound?
Also, looks like it hooks right onto the retention module.

Obviously, it would be better at cooling, but sound wise? Would it be quieter than the stock HSF?

Many thanks.
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a b K Overclocking
October 8, 2010 3:40:15 PM

It should definitely be more quite than the stock cooler. It is a lot bit more efficient at removing heat, and has a bigger fan that will spin slower, which should lower the noise.
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October 8, 2010 3:47:13 PM

sportsfanboy said:
It should definitely be more quite than the stock cooler. It is a lot bit more efficient at removing heat, and has a bigger fan that will spin slower, which should lower the noise.

Thanks. I figured as much.

One thing I just thought of, could there be an issue with the cooler extending over my DIMM slots? my current RAM has some heatsinks on them which extend up a bit. Worried there might be some blockage. I have 4 DIMM slots filled with 4gigs memory, planning to go to 8gigs in the next month or so.

Just wanted to confirm.

Thanks.
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a b K Overclocking
October 8, 2010 3:58:18 PM

That I can't tell you, there are dimensions on that link. You might need to measure to make sure. My guess is it will fit, but don't hold me to that.
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a b K Overclocking
October 8, 2010 4:00:51 PM

Oh one more thing, if you do buy that open box, I would call in the order and make sure all the necessary fastening hardware is in the box your buying. Some open box items are missing stuff.
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a b K Overclocking
October 9, 2010 1:45:47 PM

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer is quite noisy.......... you have to go with something which has minimum 120mm fan.......... whats your case clearance (width if its tower, height if its desktop)?????? if you don't have good clearance from your CPU to the case cover, then i would suggest some low profile and silent coolers like Scythe Zipang 2, Big Shuriken (its only 60mm in height), or any Zalman CNPS7000 for under for under $40......
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a b K Overclocking
October 9, 2010 2:13:38 PM

It will be more quiet than the stock cooler, and it's cheap. Remember, he's not overclocking, so the arctic shouldn't have to work as hard as the stock cooler, so the fan will not have to ramp up too much. If he were to overclock or is overclocking, I would agree.
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a b K Overclocking
October 9, 2010 2:16:33 PM

I mean obviously in the 30 and above range, there are far superior products, but this thing is 19 bucks.
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