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Old April 27, 2012, 09:31 PM
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Just to add my to 2 cents, regarding the CM 212 EVO, since I recently bought one to replace a noisy Corsair H60.

Based on my research and (now) experience, a CM 212 EVO is actually a very quiet heatsink (HS)/fan combo, especially since it has a PWM fan. The fan can spin all the way down to ~600 RPM, and after the intial set-up/installation I had to adjust the UEFI (BIOS) for lower CPU fan RPM, since the 600 was at the warning threshold. During "normal" use (no gaming) the CM 212 EVO spins at about ~750 RPM. It is currently sitting in a AMD AM3+ system (with a Phenom II 1090T) that is not overclocked (OC'ed). Of course if you OC your CPU, then don't expect it to be quiet.

Now, keep in mind that even though this HS/fan combo is relatively cheap and not the most elegant mouting set-up, it is still quiet.

Other quiet options, for twice the price, which I did initially considered was one of the Noctua products (since I had positive past experience, especially installation wise):
- NH-L12 Noctua NH-L12 LGA1155/1366/2011 AM3 FM1 Low Profile Heatsink Cooler W/ NF-F12 120MM NF-B9 92MM - Noctua - NH-L12
- NH-U12P SE2 Noctua NH-U12P SE2 LGA1155/1156/1366 AM2/AM3 I7/I5/PHENOM Heatpipe Cooler W/ 2XNH-P12 120MM Fans - Noctua - NH-U12P SE2
- NH-C14 Noctua NH-C14 LGA775/1155/1156/1366/AM3 I7/I5/PHENOM Heatpipe Cooler W/ 2x NF-P14 140MM Fans - Noctua - NH-C14

Also, whatever you do, don't get caught dead buying RAM with tall heatsinks, such as the standard Corsair Vengeance, though their low profile (LP) stuff is fine.

Video card wise, (IF you are looking for quiet) I would recommend either XFX HD 7770 DD(XFX HD 7770 Black Edition Super Overclock 1 GB Review - Page 25/30 | techPowerUp) or ASUS HD 7770 (ASUS Radeon HD 7770 DirectCU 1 GB Review - Page 25/30 | techPowerUp). Stay away from the Gigabyte version of HD 7770 - not quiet, relatively (Gigabyte HD 7770 OC 1 GB Review - Page 25/30 | techPowerUp).

Last edited by EmptyMellon; April 27, 2012 at 09:48 PM. Reason: video card opinion added and sp edits
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