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November 17, 2010 1:54:21 AM

I have a AMD Athlon II X4 635 Propus@2.9 and i'm looking for a heat sink that's much quieter that the stock but i don't want to have to deal with giant hunks of metal or installing backplates.

I don't need better Performance but i don't want anything worse than stock.

My motherboard is a MSI 870A-G54 if your wondering.

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November 17, 2010 2:10:22 AM

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

Tidy and basic snap in type cooler - with pretty decent performance and price.
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November 17, 2010 5:56:07 AM

Odd, I just built a machine with the Athlon II X4 640, and for the first time in a long time used the stock cooler in a build. Personally I find the fan to be silent, especially compared to those copper heat pipe fans that come with the Black Edition processors.

I've also got an Athlon II X4 630 running the Hyper TX3 already linked above, great little heatsink, only noisy under full load running 3.5Ghz.
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November 17, 2010 12:14:39 PM

I second the cooler master tx-3.... dead quiet most of the time... fan does not get annoyingly noisy until its over 70% which will never happen unless you are stress testing the machine.
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November 17, 2010 12:31:58 PM

Here is a great Zalman HSF that hooks directly to the stock bracket. Costs a little more than the Cooler Master previously discussed, but I have always been very happy with Zalman HSFs. They are both quiet and effective.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 17, 2010 1:00:57 PM

loneninja said:
Odd, I just built a machine with the Athlon II X4 640, and for the first time in a long time used the stock cooler in a build. Personally I find the fan to be silent, especially compared to those copper heat pipe fans that come with the Black Edition processors.

I've also got an Athlon II X4 630 running the Hyper TX3 already linked above, great little heatsink, only noisy under full load running 3.5Ghz.



Well my case is a NZXT M59 which is pretty open.

My problem isn't that stock is so loud but I often just use my computer for surfing so I don't have any headphones on and when i turn off my computer the difference is really obvious.
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November 17, 2010 1:04:34 PM

COLGeek said:
Here is a great Zalman HSF that hooks directly to the stock bracket. Costs a little more than the Cooler Master previously discussed, but I have always been very happy with Zalman HSFs. They are both quiet and effective.

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



Looking at some of the reviews and pics it seems that it does need a backplate though or is the backplate just for intel?
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November 17, 2010 1:09:35 PM

jwin742 said:
Looking at some of the reviews and pics it seems that it does need a backplate though or is the backplate just for intel?

That is for the Intel CPUs. For AMD AM3 use, there is a bar and clip that goes through the base of the HSF that is used to attach to the two mounting points on the stock bracket. Pretty simple and yet effective. I have several Zalman HSFs that you the same mounting mechanism and they get the job done well.
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November 17, 2010 10:30:01 PM

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November 17, 2010 10:32:33 PM

i think i'll go with the cooler master tx3 mainly because of the price.
spending 30$ dollars on performance I don't need, seems a waste.
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