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Noise Level On The Stock Athlon II Fan?

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December 30, 2010 3:58:32 PM

Hey folks,

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?

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December 30, 2010 4:01:16 PM

The stock cooler will stay fairly quiet if you aren't overclocking.
Its when you start pushing the cpu the fans need to run more hence the noise.
Should be fine at defaults with cool n quiet enabled.

Otherwise a cheap and quieter option with better cooling is the Hyper 212+
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December 30, 2010 4:03:45 PM

Yeah, I won't be doing any overclocking on this one, so that helps. I just hate it when I can hear the fan while you're in the room.

Thanks for the help
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December 30, 2010 4:25:00 PM

I suspect you can enable C&Q, under-volt, bump the clock, and at idle the fan will hardly be spinning at all.

I would guess that would be as quiet, if not more so, than an OEM build.
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December 30, 2010 4:29:08 PM

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
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December 30, 2010 4:41:58 PM

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.
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December 30, 2010 4:47:49 PM

There's only a $2 difference between the 260 and 265 at newegg, which is why I was going for it. And there's only a $10 difference between the 245 and 265.

Are you seeing different prices though? I'm looking at 69 for the 265.
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December 30, 2010 5:10:50 PM

nullqwerty said:
There's only a $2 difference between the 260 and 265 at newegg, which is why I was going for it. And there's only a $10 difference between the 245 and 265.

Are you seeing different prices though? I'm looking at 69 for the 265.

Ah there must have been a price change recently.Never mind.
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December 30, 2010 5:30:30 PM

Ahh...you scared me ;)  welp, placed the order. Wanted to stay lower wattage but still get the best bang for the buck.

I got that for 70 plus neweggs combo deal for AM3 mobo and 4gb ddr3 ram for $38 after rebate. The best $108 I think I've spent. Talk about a no brainer.
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December 30, 2010 5:34:50 PM

108 mobo that cpu and 4 gigs ddr3 for 108 ... somebody call the cops people he stole that ;) 
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December 30, 2010 8:20:31 PM

nullqwerty said:
Yeah, I won't be doing any overclocking on this one, so that helps. I just hate it when I can hear the fan while you're in the room.

Thanks for the help


If you decide you want to go super quiet stick 1 or 2 of these on the 212, you can hardly hear them at full speed.
http://www.enermax.co.uk/products/fans/tbsilence

You can get them from Frozen cpu.
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January 6, 2011 5:56:50 PM

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January 7, 2011 6:03:36 AM

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