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Quiet heatsink and fan for a tight fit

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December 19, 2012 1:41:42 PM

This is not really about overclocking, but it is about heatsinks and fans, so I hope that this is the correct place to post.

I am looking for recommendations for a heatsink. The two most important attributes are that it fit my motherboard and case, and that it is very quiet at low to medium fan speeds (for audio mixing and video playback). Cooling efficiency is secondary to noise levels. I won't be overclocking unless I find a need. Gaming is light (Starcraft 2, Guildwars 2, etc.) and not a priority.

I have a 3570k on a biostar tz77b motherboard.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The PCI-e slot for a video card is in the highest of the seven possible spaces. Some motherboards leave the highest space open and start at the sixth space, but mine has less room. The case is an old Antec Sonata mid-size tower which has 7 inches from side to side, leaving about 6 inches for the heatsink's height.

Two sticks of G.Skill Ripjaws X memory are installed in slots 2 and 4.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The stock fan for the 3570k has a whiny ticking noise. I tested the noise by disabling all fans and drives except the PSU and CPU. The noise remains after many adjustments of the CPU fan's wires. If it were not for this noise I would probably stick with the stock fan.

The one fan I have bookmarked so far is the Arctic Freezer 7 Pro because is looks like it would fit and it would not require unmounting the motherboard to install (I do not have access to the bottom of the MB inside the case). Does anyone have experience with this model? Is it as quiet as the stock Intel fan?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any other recommendations?

Sorry for the length of the post. Thank you for reading.

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December 26, 2012 1:16:49 AM

Yes, this will be so quiet you will not hear it. Without overclocking, the fan will just loaf along.

This Rev 2 model uses the same fan as the original type I have been using for years.
The new mounts make it easier to install, just like an OEM Intel cooler.

Mine is on an AMD 64 X2 3800+ that I built in 2005. It has an 89 watt TDP.
It has been flawless on a stock clocked cpu since then, even on 90+ degree (F) summer days, (no A/C!)

Since it uses a 92mm fan, it has a smaller format than many other coolers, and will fit lots of cases that the "standard" 120mm fan coolers will not.

Newf.

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December 28, 2012 3:24:43 PM

Thank you both.
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December 28, 2012 3:24:53 PM

Best answer selected by jackacid.
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