Need to Cool Down

I built a new system a few months ago reusing my old Antec Sonata case. I'm using the stock heatsink and fan that came with the CPU. I don't overclock or game.

When it gets a bit warm in my apartment, the CPU fan speed SCREAMS. I've been forcing it down with SpeedFan but I guess I need a proper solution.

I haven't seen the core temp get much above the low 40's but the fan has been above 5000 rpm and make a TON of noise.

Looking for a recommendation for an easy to install heatsink and/or fan that will help keep things cool and quiet things down.



Here's what I have:

MB = ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

CPU = AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor

RAM = G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ

HD = SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Bare Drive

PSU = OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC
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  1. I'm a big fan of the Cooler Master Hyper series of HSFs. They come in all the various sizes you could want, depending on how much depth your case has. The stock fan that comes with the HSF is fairly quiet, and it does a great job keeping your cpu cool, all for under $20 (for the 80mm version, I would assume higher prices for the larger ones).
  2. Thanks. I'll check out the Hyper series.

    Any other recommendations?

  3. I installed a Cooler Master Hyper 101 with an 80mm fan. This fan is a three-wire, fixed speed (2200rpm, I think) vs. the variable speed (four-wire) fan I removed along with the stock AMD heatsink.

    But at 2200RPM, I haven't seen CPU temps above 42C. The machine is infinitely quieter. The stock fan would accelerate to beyond 6000rpm within a matter of minutes. It was ridiculously loud.

    I'm happy with the Hyper. Thanks for the recommendation :)

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