Hi guys, I'm currently running a Phenom II x4 945 C3 @ default 3.0Ghz. I don't plan to overclock it but I am in the market for a quieter cooler [Currently using the default OEM AMD cooler]. My budget is $30-35CDN.
What's required: A cooler that's reasonably quieter than my default AMD cooler and must also offer noticeable temperature drops. The cooler must also fit in my Antec 300 mid-size tower case.
Optional: Would be nice if the cooler can be positioned with the exhaust facing up - towards the top exhaust fan in my case.
Side Note: My room temp is usually 20-25C and I have seen my CPU temp go as high as 50C (possibly 60C during hot summer days).
+1 hyper 212, the bigger fan will spin slower vs a smaller fan to move the same amount of air which means less sound. Also wanted to add, having the fan pointing towards the rear is more favorable if you have a graphics card so the fan won't be right against it and airflow is front to rear.
I have antec 300 and hyper 212+ and I only hear my front tricool fans until it goes on high.
I know my thread title CAN be confusing.... but I'm assuming all you've done is read the thread title before making that reply *sad face*
I think "silent" has become the way to equate what your system will sound like with a new cooler/fan. "My system before was like someone vacuuming in my room, but now its silent!" Most don't take it so literally.