It is currently Thu Oct 23, 2014 7:14 am

All times are UTC - 8 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 16 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Looking for an inexpensive CPU cooler 115mm or under
PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:16 am 
Offline

Joined: Sat Apr 08, 2006 9:29 am
Posts: 39
I am building an HTPC unit that I want as silent as possible and my budget is about gone.
I am looking to replace the stock Intel cooler on my i3-3225 CPU that will not be overclocked.
My case has a height limitation of 115mm.
Any suggestions for a decent after market cooler that can run very quiet that is reasonably inexpensive?

Thanks,
Mark


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Looking for an inexpensive CPU cooler 115mm or under
PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:24 am 
Offline

Joined: Mon May 16, 2011 11:23 am
Posts: 677
Location: Germany
Reasonable silent and cheap:

Arctic Alpine 11 Pro or Plus

Should be a noticeable improvement over stock and doesn't cost too much in Europe.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Looking for an inexpensive CPU cooler 115mm or under
PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 12:36 pm 
Offline
Moderator

Joined: Thu Oct 06, 2005 4:36 am
Posts: 4679
Location: Monterey Bay, CA
Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev B @ $35.

_________________
1080p Gaming build: i5-4670K, Mugen 4, MSI Z87-G45, MSI GTX 760 2GB Gaming, 8GB 1866 RAM, Samsung Evo 250GB, WD Red 2TB, Samsung DVD burner, Fractal Define R4, Antec True Quiet 140 (2 front + rear) case fans, Seasonic X-560. 35-40W idle, 45-55W video streaming, 170-200W WoW, 200-230W Rift, 318W stress test (Prime95 + Furmark)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Looking for an inexpensive CPU cooler 115mm or under
PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 12:48 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sat Apr 08, 2006 9:29 am
Posts: 39
That Scythe looks interesting, but I can't find it under $50 anywhere.
Too bad that would have been perfect.

Mark


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Looking for an inexpensive CPU cooler 115mm or under
PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 2:08 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Nov 02, 2004 12:22 pm
Posts: 1982
Location: Guatemala
You could try a Cooler Master GeminII S524 - CPU Cooler with Aluminum Fins and 5 Heat Pipes (RR-G524-18PK-R2), its cheap and decent, and swap the fan if you wish for more quiet setup. Edit: Disregard it might not fit with your 115mm restriction.

_________________
GameMi >> MSI Z87-GD65 | Intel Core i7-4790K | Thermalright Silver Arrow IBE + 3x Noctua NF-A15 PWM @500rpms| Crucial Ballistix Sport 32GB DDR3 1600 | nVidia GTX780 + ARCTIC Accelero Xtreme IV | Samsung SA850 27'' 2560x1440 | Samsung 840pro 512GB | Hitachi 7K1000 1TB | Fractal Design Define R4 + 4x Noctua NF-A14 PWM @450rpm | SeaSonic SS-860XP2
Other builds ---> ServeMi | CamMi | MiniMi | HTPCMi


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Looking for an inexpensive CPU cooler 115mm or under
PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 3:14 pm 
Offline
*Lifetime Patron*

Joined: Sun May 21, 2006 9:09 am
Posts: 1883
Location: Northern California.
markrb wrote:
That Scythe looks interesting, but I can't find it under $50 anywhere.
Too bad that would have been perfect.

Mark
34.95 on the big A
http://www.amazon.com/Scythe-Shuriken-R ... e+heatsink

_________________
“America, its a continent, not a county!”


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Looking for an inexpensive CPU cooler 115mm or under
PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 3:28 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sat Apr 08, 2006 9:29 am
Posts: 39
xan_user wrote:
markrb wrote:
That Scythe looks interesting, but I can't find it under $50 anywhere.
Too bad that would have been perfect.

Mark
34.95 on the big A
http://www.amazon.com/Scythe-Shuriken-R ... e+heatsink



That is not the "2" that was quoted in the earlier post. The review posted stated the "2" was far superior to this one.

This is the one quoted above. $49.95.
http://www.amazon.com/Scythe-SHURIKEN-5 ... B0070066DI


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Looking for an inexpensive CPU cooler 115mm or under
PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 4:59 pm 
Offline
Moderator

Joined: Thu Oct 06, 2005 4:36 am
Posts: 4679
Location: Monterey Bay, CA
A few minutes searching found $40 @ Quietpc. Might be others out there.

_________________
1080p Gaming build: i5-4670K, Mugen 4, MSI Z87-G45, MSI GTX 760 2GB Gaming, 8GB 1866 RAM, Samsung Evo 250GB, WD Red 2TB, Samsung DVD burner, Fractal Define R4, Antec True Quiet 140 (2 front + rear) case fans, Seasonic X-560. 35-40W idle, 45-55W video streaming, 170-200W WoW, 200-230W Rift, 318W stress test (Prime95 + Furmark)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Looking for an inexpensive CPU cooler 115mm or under
PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 5:04 pm 
Offline
*Lifetime Patron*

Joined: Sun May 21, 2006 9:09 am
Posts: 1883
Location: Northern California.
markrb wrote:
xan_user wrote:
markrb wrote:
That Scythe looks interesting, but I can't find it under $50 anywhere.
Too bad that would have been perfect.

Mark
34.95 on the big A
http://www.amazon.com/Scythe-Shuriken-R ... e+heatsink



That is not the "2" that was quoted in the earlier post. The review posted stated the "2" was far superior to this one.

This is the one quoted above. $49.95.
http://www.amazon.com/Scythe-SHURIKEN-5 ... B0070066DI

whoops! my mistake... :oops:
seems like sycthe stuff is getting hard to find, and also getting a bit more expensive, during their corporate move/restructure. I hope they come back to full speed production/distribution quickly.

_________________
“America, its a continent, not a county!”


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Looking for an inexpensive CPU cooler 115mm or under
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 12:32 am 
Offline

Joined: Sat Apr 08, 2006 9:29 am
Posts: 39
CA_Steve wrote:
A few minutes searching found $40 @ Quietpc. Might be others out there.

Once you add shipping ($11.94) it's over $50.

$30 is about my max, give or take a couple.


Too bad about the Scythe stuff, because I am running one now and have owned others. Always found them to be a pretty good company.

Thanks anyway.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Looking for an inexpensive CPU cooler 115mm or under
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:10 am 
Offline

Joined: Mon May 16, 2011 11:23 am
Posts: 677
Location: Germany
30$ max?

So why still no Arctic cooler? It seems you won't get anything better under 30$ as we now have learned.

Edit: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductLi ... 905&y=-112


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Looking for an inexpensive CPU cooler 115mm or under
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:01 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sat Apr 08, 2006 9:29 am
Posts: 39
Newegg is down. This is the first time I have seen this.

The problem with these "Arctic Alpine 11 Pro or Plus" is that the reviews I have read are underwhelming.
It might be my only choice at my budget, but I want to investigate my options further.

Thanks,
Mark


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Looking for an inexpensive CPU cooler 115mm or under
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:40 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon May 16, 2011 11:23 am
Posts: 677
Location: Germany
The arctics are no top coolers. Regardless of whatever review you stumbled upon, they are

-fitting in 115mm
-cost below 30$
-will cool your i3 in every situation without throtteling
-are reasonable quiet if used with drilled down fans
-beat stock cooler by a big margin

So, your system, your money. And if those arctics are not silent enough, you can always chip in a 92mm Noctua pwm fan and your fine.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Looking for an inexpensive CPU cooler 115mm or under
PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:52 am 
Offline
Patron of SPCR

Joined: Sun Nov 09, 2003 7:18 am
Posts: 1072
Location: UK
Hi, how about an Arctic Freezer 11 LP? Less $20 on Amazon.com and Arctic's fans are generally good so should be pretty quiet, at idle at least. I would think it would be quiet under load too as you i3-3225 is using something like 30-40w flat out.
Generally good reviews on Newegg but watch out for mobo compatibility it seems.
Regards, Seb

_________________
i7 2600k under NH-C14 w/2xTY-140PWM fans, P8P67Deluxe, 8GB RAM, GTX560Ti OC w/TwinTurbo II and BIOS fanspeed mod. 2x120GB HyperX 3K RAID 0 & 2TB EARX in Scythe QuietDrive outside case. Antec Signature 650 fan swapped. CoolerMaster 201C with 2x92 + lower 92mm fan out rear, holes-in-floor and mesh top+front intakes.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Looking for an inexpensive CPU cooler 115mm or under
PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 6:32 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sat Apr 08, 2006 9:29 am
Posts: 39
After remeasuring I think I can do 120mm and potentially a hair more in height.
I might also be able to widen my budget to $35 max.
Just continuing my search.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Looking for an inexpensive CPU cooler 115mm or under
PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:03 am 
Offline

Joined: Mon May 16, 2011 11:23 am
Posts: 677
Location: Germany
Don't forget, you'll need up to 25mm breathing room for the cpu fan.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 16 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 8 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: YaCy [Bot] and 3 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group