im looking for the best HSF for 775 under 30 dollars. the main thing im loooking for is quietness. it has to be quieter than the stock intel core 2 duo fan. im looking at the cooler master hyper 212 plus and the sunbeamtech core contact freezer, are there any others that are better?
I know this article is discussing 1156 sockets, but it shows that the Hyper 212+ is the best bang for your buck by far at around $30. The noise is supposed to be a maximum of 32dB, but it's very likely that you won't be able to hear that over other background noise.
I have the second one in one of my machines, and have been pretty damn happy with it. For some reason, they list it as $59.99 on their site, but I have no idea why, since I was able to find mine for like $25.
But if 32dB doesn't bother you, the Hyper 212 has more cooling power ... although any of these ought to cool your system fine unless it's unusually prone to overheating for some other reason.
The Intel stock cooler looks like it tops out at around 37dB ... the Hyper 212 should be slightly quieter, while the first Thermaltake model goes down to 21dB and the second to 16dB.