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Old January 29, 2009, 02:54 PM
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freind has a comp in a recording studio wants a cpu fan/heat sink thats as near to silent as possible no over clocking involved ,might use water sys if its cheap,any recommendations ? budget of 25 - 50 bucks
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Old January 29, 2009, 03:03 PM
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What's the CPU?
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Old January 29, 2009, 03:05 PM
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Since he's not OCing I'd be tempted to try the biggest tower cooler you can afford, but don't bother with a fan.......

Thermalright ULTIMA-90 6 Heatpipe Cooler LGA775 AM2 CPU Heatsink *Fan Not Included* - DirectCanada

I haven't tried this myself so I can't speak for it's ability to cool a cpu passively. Hopefully somebody else will have tried it.

What CPU is he running, and what kind of loads does he put on it?
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CPU and case its in would help plenty :)

My suggestion would be a ZeroTherm FZ-120.

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If there's no overclocking involved, pretty much any decent tower heatsink with a sub-1000rpm fan will be plenty. At one point, I had my Q6600 at 3.6GHz using a Ultra 120 Extreme and a 900rpm Noctua, and max temps were below 60. A stock processor would be easier still. $50 budget might be slightly tricky, but should be doable. But if that's your budget, water is definitely out of the question. And at stock settings, you can use fans that are quieter than even the quietest water pumps.
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What's the CPU?
q6600 ,operates with no side on the case
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I'm going to go with the tower cooler w/ no fan idea, but even a fan that's less than 1200rpm is barely audible..
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Old January 29, 2009, 06:23 PM
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Be careful - there's a huge difference between no fan and a fan running at extremely low rpms. If you manage to put a quad-core under load, things could get really hot in a hurry, unless something is moving the heat off the heatsink. Personally, I'd suggest at least a single slow fan. Scythe S-flex fans can be had in 800rpm variants, and Noctua's P-series fans come with inline resistor to bring the rpm down as low as 900rpm - either would make a world of difference, I think.
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Old January 29, 2009, 06:25 PM
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Here's a great price on a tuniq tower 120 ($50)

you could take the fan off or find a very quiet one.

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Thanks all as usual excellent help @ HC,dudes goin with this Noctua NH-U12P LGA775 AM2 Heatsink Heatpipe Cooler W/ NF-P12 120MM Fan -12.6-19.8DBA - DirectCanada
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