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    CPU Coolers and Motherboard Compatibility

    A few months back I built my first computer. Specs as follows:
    Intel Core2Duo E6600
    Asus P5N32SLI SE Deluxe
    nVidia 7600GS (passively cooled)
    1GB Corsair Value RAM
    WD 250GB SATA (WD2500KS)
    Akasa Mirage Case

    The problem I'm having is that it's exceptionally loud. I have an Akasa AK 961 CPU cooler and two Akasa 120 MM Amber case fans, one in the front blowing air in to the case and one in the back blowing air out.

    I'm fairly confident that most of the noise is coming from the CPU Cooler fan, if I turn this fan off (by using speedfan to turn it to 0) the noise level goes from rather loud to tolerably soft.

    Typically I get temps of about 33-38 C (also from speedfan) with the CPU Cooler fan running at 50%. At 100% I get lower temps, but its just way too loud.

    I was hoping to replace the cooler with one of the various zalman CNPS offerings, in particular the huge flower shaped types (ie. CNPS9500). I'm not sure if it'll fit onto my motherboard (asus p5n 32 sli se delux). Has anyone out there tried this?

    Also is this the best cooler to get in terms of noise/cooling? Some of the noctua and scythe ones also look interesting, but I really don't know much of anything about cpu cooling.

    Any advice would be welcome.


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    • aidanjt's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus Strix Z370-G
      • CPU:
      • Intel i7-8700K
      • Memory:
      • 2x8GB Corsiar LPX 3000C15
      • Storage:
      • 500GB Samsung 960 EVO
      • Graphics card(s):
      • EVGA GTX 970 SC ACX 2.0
      • PSU:
      • EVGA G3 750W
      • Case:
      • Fractal Design Define C Mini
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10 Pro
      • Monitor(s):
      • Asus MG279Q
      • Internet:
      • 240mbps Virgin Cable
    Zalman are great if you want cool and quiet, anything is better than the stock cooler really... as for fitting it, there shouldn't be a problem imo.
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    • frazered's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 (rev. 1.1)
      • CPU:
      • q6600 @ 3.06ghz
      • Memory:
      • 4GB crucial
      • Storage:
      • 4tb of hitachis
      • Graphics card(s):
      • GTX260
      • PSU:
      • Corsair HX 520w
      • Case:
      • Antec p182
      • Operating System:
      • win7 64bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell 2007wfp
      • Internet:
      • BeUnlimited 16dn/1.2up attn 35db
    thought about visiting the asus forums to check what coolers fit your board?

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