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    What HSF?

    I'm out of touch with the cooler market, and am going to be needing an HSF for a mid-range Intel Quad, probably 9400 or 9400S.

    I'll pay what ever I need to pay, but don't want to spend more than I need without good reason.

    The motherboard will probably be Asus, perhaps P5Q Pro, or Deluxe. I want something reasonably easy to mount, preferably sturdy and as it's a new build, mounting before installing the mobo isn't a problem. Oh, and access to all RAM sockets must be maintained, because I may well up the memory at some point from the initial 4GB.

    Noise levels? Pretty quiet please. Absolutely silent isn't necessary but as close to it as reasonably practical would be nice.

    Finally, while I may tweak the speed settings a bit if I can gain a decent overclock for minimal effort and no loss in system stability, I am not interested in clocking extremes, or for the same of getting every last jot of speed. If necessary, I'll run the whole thing at stock. So I might tweak, by serious overclocking isn't of ANY interest to me.

    I;ve been looking at the obvious contenders, such as Ultra 120, s1283, Scythe etc., but I'm so out of touch I really don't know how any of these perform, how hard (relative to each other) they are to fit or even whether they are all overkill for my needs. If I need to spend £30 0r so, fine, but if I can satisfactorily spend half that, so much the better.


    Oh, and I don't care what it looks like or about bragging rights. I want something of decent quality, but functional, not an engineering design fashion statement in copper. If I need a fancy-looking contraption to do the job, so be it, but I'm not interested in spending a single penny because of appearance.




    So .... :-

    - which cooler?
    - which fan?


    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: What HSF?

    Arctic Cooler Freezer 7 Pro.

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Arcti...Favourite-One!

    Cheap, very very easy and quick to fit, much quieter than stock fan and enough performance for decent headroom.
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    Agreed, although it's a bit long-in-the-tooth it's a design classic. It just works, 'nuff sed.
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    Re: What HSF?

    I've got the Ultra-120 eXtreme and it's pretty good to be honest. All the reviews place it in the top three roughly. But this was when I did my research (Aug 2008) so things might have well changed by then.

    The Tuniq Tower was another HS that kept appearing in the top 3 and was highly rated all the time. Was gonna get a Tuniq Tower but I couldn't find a good UK supplier (I've been poking Scan ever since)

    I've paired that with a Noctua fan. Thats for my main rig (gaming machine).

    My server has a NH-U12P which is HS + F.

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    Re: What HSF?

    True, the Tuniq Tower 120 is a fantastic cooler, ued by myself to gread effect & it's quiet. But it's a monster.
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    Re: What HSF?

    Well, i was going to suggest the Xigmatek HDT-S1283, but it's shot up in price from £16 to £30

    Jeez, so has the ACF7

    TBH, i think i would just run the stock cooler until prices stablise again, unless ofcourse you're getting a OEM CPU...
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    Re: What HSF?

    I'm not convinced prices will "stabilise" any time soon. I'd bet a good chunk of it is exchange rate changes, and I don't see any huge improvement in that in our imminent future. Besides, I'm a World Class Olympic Gold Ninja Hassle-Avoider (*). Why do the job twice when I can do it right the first time? Whatever goes on is likely to stay on until either it breaks or the Sun explodes and consumes the earth.




    (*) = diplomatic term for lazy git.



    Thanks for the comments, all. Currently then, ACF7 or 1283.

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    Re: What HSF?

    Quote Originally Posted by TAKTAK View Post
    Well, i was going to suggest the Xigmatek HDT-S1283, but it's shot up in price from £16 to £30
    That one. Seriously.



    It is a quiet, good performer, and I've yet to see it struggle with any CPU, overclocked or otherwise.

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    Re: What HSF?

    Quote Originally Posted by dave87 View Post
    That one. Seriously.



    It is a quiet, good performer, and I've yet to see it struggle with any CPU, overclocked or otherwise.
    Annoyingly on par with the TRU120E IIRC
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    Re: What HSF?

    save your money and buy a akasa nero ak-967
    Frostytech.com lists them in their top 10 for temperature and noise which is high praise indeed. I replaced my Arctic Cooler Freezer 7 Pro wth one and haven't looked back, not only is my cpu running cooler but quieter too!

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    http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm

    saved, although it isnt working atm

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    Re: What HSF?

    According to those frostytech reviews, if your major concern is low noise rather than ultra-low temps or handling high overclocks, the Intel reference HSF is your baby...

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    Re: What HSF?

    the Intel HSF thingy is horrible.
    really loud and awful cooling

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    Re: What HSF?

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    According to those frostytech reviews, if your major concern is low noise rather than ultra-low temps or handling high overclocks, the Intel reference HSF is your baby...
    Good point. If the OP won't be overclocking (or just a little) the stock cooler should be fine.

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    Re: What HSF?

    It's a thought yeah. But I have the processor and no stock cooler. If I'm going to buy something, it might as well be half decent.

    Right now, the S1283 and a crossbow mount is on my (unsubmitted) order. Then again, it's changed about four times since I started this thread. I used to think I was indecisive, but now I'm not so sure.

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