Trying to upgrade my pc on a tight budget. One thing that is very important to me though is noise. I'm looking at the Athlon II 265 CPU retail.
Putting the cooling abilities and resulting temps completely aside, how loud is the stock fan? Is it nearly silent, or fairly loud? Compare it to a new pre-built Dell or HP...all other parts the same, would I get a similar volume as those gets?
i run a athlon II x4, started with the stock cooler, did a good job and was barely audible, but changed it for a 212+ for overclocking, i actually think they are about the same niose wise... which is to say they are both quieter than the psu fan
I have a Athlon II X2 240 system the stock fan/heatsink seems pretty quiet to me.
By the way why are you opting for the 265 CPU? From the reviews over at newegg everyone seems to like the 260 better (it's close in speed to the 265 but noticeably less expensive).I only obtained the 240 on a combo deal but if I were to choose I would opt for the 260 instead.