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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-19-2009, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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Suggestions on a CPU cooler

I built a new rig with a AMD 945 quadcore and am using the stock cooling heatsink and fan.

When the CPU come up to temp during most games, I have to put on headphones because the fan is so freaking loud. I have an Antec 900 case that is more mesh than case so there is zero abatement on the noise.

Any suggestions on a quiet fan black that fits an MSI A3 format? THis particular board has the ram right up next to the CPU so I'm a bit space challenged. Most coolers I've seen look like they would interfere.
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-20-2009, 02:53 AM
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Zalmann coolers are very nice. They're a bit pricey but they work well. I'm not sure if you're looking for a new cooler or new fans.
Antec makes nice ball-bearing fans that are pretty quiet at full tilt.
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I'm open to a new block as most fans/blocks are designed in pairs. I've considered liquid cooling but I'm not up on what maintenance is required. Springing a leak in my computer is a bit outside my comfort zone

I need to do something soon though - i had a splitting headache this mornign that I knew was due to the fan.
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water cooling is the ticket. Dead silent, and it cools 66% better.
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I use a Zalman cooler on my C2D.
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I'm a cheap fucker and can't afford water cooling. I aim more for a lot of airflow with multiple fans as opposed to 1 specific fan making it happen.

IMHO the antec 900 is a sweet case. I'd just replace and/or install as many quiet fans as you can, ensuring they blow the right way. Read up on like maximumpc.com...etc which fans are best for CPU, GPU..etc. Chose the best bang for the buck and install. I think the antec 900 case specifically has spots up front for fans, I always utilize those and usually stick in a HDD fan too just to get more front to back air flow. Plus utilize more fans in the rear to get all the airflow you can. My desktop runs fairly cool non-stop and is fairly damned quiet. Just have to be careful.

If you have the bucks go water cooling. I'd still put in some quiet fans all the ambient/other parts that the water cooling blocks don't help.

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Water cooling allows you to cool every component 66% better and you only need a pair of fans on your radiator, which you put on the quietest fans you can afford. My system is almost dead quiet.



water cooling doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg if you build it all yourself. Build your own radiator, buy a pump, machine waterblocks, etc.
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I have a Zerotherm. Seams to work ok.

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I won a black edition 965 quad core at quakecon, along with some ram. picked up a motherboard and I'm working on some new brackets to hold my waterblock on, should have it up and running soon, plan on overclocking the piss out of it. If jedi could spare about 200 dollars, we could build him a nice WC setup.
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I was budgeting $300, so go for it.

Here's the machine specs:

Motherboard - MSI 790GX-G65 A3 socket
Processor - AMD Phenom II 945 3.0 ghz quadcore
Hard Drive - Two WD 150 GB 10k SATA (RAID1)
Hard Drive - Two Seagate 1tb (RAID1)
Video Card - GeForce 275 (836mb) PCI-E
Power Supply - Antec 750w
Memory - 16gB (4 - 4GB 1333mhz sticks)
Case - Antec 900

In the case, i have 2 drives in each carrier with a fan dedicated to each pair.
I've got two 5.25 bays available up top which from what I'm seeing is the only place I can fit a resovoir internally.
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It looks like I'm only able to get a waterblock on the CPU, I've tried 4 different zalman cpu heatsink/fans and each one of them will hit the first rank of the RAM.

THis is the board I have



If you have a suggestion for just a CPU cooler configuration that'd help me from the trial and error part.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835109140 might work but I'm not 100% sure.





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Nope, the heatsink pipes will strike the RAM.
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Dang, sounds like you need a different mobo.





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Nope, the heatsink pipes will strike the RAM.
The thermalright should work if you mount it vertically instead of horizontally.

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