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Old July 24, 2010, 11:40 PM
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hello,

The stock fan on my cpu is extremely loud when running game or video.
I have played with bios fan settings but it still doesnt quieten down to an acceptable level.
After having done much research on what heatsink/fan to purchase (and there are so many options) it is still difficult to choose.
Would anyone be able to help me select an option or at least narrow it down for me please?

Basically I dont need anything out of this world, just something that is:

-considerably quieter
-easy to install for a beginner (this very important)
-preferably available in UK

my mobo is ASRock K10N78 and processor is Phenom II x4 965.

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Old July 25, 2010, 05:00 AM
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Like you say, there are tons of choices, and many of them very good. Basically though, the bigger the fan, the quieter it will be to push the same amount of air.
Look for a cooler that supports many different socket CPUs, that way you can reuse the cooler when you build your next system/upgrade your current one. There are deals to be had, but as with most things, you get what you pay for (to some extent)

As far as easy to install... There are 2 basic ways a heatsink installs.

1. Using push pins or spring clips into the mobo. These types of coolers are very easy to install as you do not need to remove your motherboard. The downside is that they do not make nearly as good of contact with the cpu. I recommend avoiding these.

2. Backplate mounted. This is the more common and more preferred mounting system. It does involve pulling your entire motherboard from the case. Don't be afraid of this, it is very simple. unless you drop the motherboard on the ground or overtighten the screws, you will not wreck anything. Just make sure to set aside a good hour of your time if you have never done this before.

As for models to choose from, it is really budget and case dependent. Whichever one you are looking at, check the overall height and width to make sure it fits your case (not sure how big your case is)

Personally I really like noctua products such as:
NCIX.com - Buy Noctua NH-C12P SE14 LGA775/1156/1366/AM3 I7/I5/PHENOM Heatpipe Cooler W/ NF-P14 140MM Fan - NH-C12P SE14 In Canada.
NCIX.com - Buy Noctua NH-U12P SE2 LGA775/1156/1366 AM2/AM3 I7/I5/PHENOM Heatpipe Cooler W/ 2XNH-P12 120MM Fans - NH-U12P SE2 In Canada.

If you are looking at more of a budget cooler, the 212 is very popular
NCIX.com - Buy Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA775 LGA1156 120MM - RR-B10-212P-GP In Canada.

Zalman is another company that makes very good coolers and has been in the cpu cooling game for quite a while.

Here is a list of reccomended heatsinks from the silent pc review website Recommended Heatsinks | silentpcreview.com

Just remember, avoid small fans... 120mm+, I'm afraid you'll have to find your own source in the UK.
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Old July 25, 2010, 08:54 AM
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HYPER 212 all the way. For $25/$30 can't go wrong.
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HYPER 212 all the way. For $25/$30 can't go wrong.
I agree.

NCIX.com - Buy Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA775 LGA1156 120MM - RR-B10-212P-GP In Canada.
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Old July 25, 2010, 10:17 AM
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thankyou guys, you have been very helpful and I have decided on the HYPER 212.
Do fitting instructions normally ship with the product? Would be great if they do, if not i'm sure It will only take a minute to find a guide on the net somewhere.
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Do realize that the OP is in the UK, the Hyper212 is only at a good price point in our country. Even a quick trip down south will show the same cooler at almost twice the price most of the time.

Quick google search and I don't see the Hyper212 for any less than 39 pounds. (it might be available for less though, rough search) That's 3 times the price of it here in Canada. (assuming 1 pound=~1.6CAD) The main reason why it's so popular here is because it costs next to nothing while performing fairly well. At that price point you should check out the Scythe Yasya, it's a push pin cooler so it will be relatively easier to install, but it's performance is comparable to other backplate mounted tower heatsinks. Just make sure it will fit in your case.

Quick google shows this link: Scythe Yasya CPU Cooler (Socket 1366/1156/775/754/939/AM2/AM2+/AM3) [] Cooling CPU Coolers
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what temps do you get? might work out a mod for the current fan to keep it super cheap.
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thankyou guys, you have been very helpful and I have decided on the HYPER 212.
Do fitting instructions normally ship with the product? Would be great if they do, if not i'm sure It will only take a minute to find a guide on the net somewhere.
Ask and ye shall receive.... ;)

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So afterall I got the coolermaster 212+. was a good price also of 21.00, that was from novatech who have a shop just 10 mins drive so it was a bonus.
I fitted it a few days ago (was very chuffed with myself!) and have done some long gaming sessions since so all is well, such a huge difference, thanks again guys.
The only problem is the side panel wont fit on my case, the tips of the copper pipes are only just proud, so I have to force the panel over them leaving a raised bump, but this obviously exerts force on the cooler master so have left it off completely for now. I have decided I am going to buy a new case soon.
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Glad to hear that it worked out for you, although it's a shame about the case.
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