AMD 550 Fan help

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Hi, I've had my PC for about 6 months now and it is great. The only down side is the sound produced by the amd stock fan and heatsink.

I didn't want to buy a new one but after reading what I typed I don't think I have a choice..

ambient temp - ~20C

idle - 35-40C, 2500-2700 RPM fan.
stressed (Prime95) - 55C, 3600-3700 RPM

The sound level at an educated guess would be 60dB when stressed so that is very loud and probably 45-50dB when idle.
I haven't OC'd as the power I get is fine for me.
I have 2 60mm fans at 7v (not 12v due to sound) for circulation and a 90mm fan (again 7v) for PSU due to case form.
There is a hole in the case opposite the CPU fan to allow air to flow in and out of there.

I just went ahead and stopped all my other fans and the cpu fan. The main amount of noise is from the CPU combined with the PSU, but the PSU has been upgraded to a Corsair for £40 so not changing that now lol.

I just googled the stock fan (right now it is attached to the computer lol) to find a picture for you all aswell, this is what it looks like.
http://www.overclock.net/attachments/amd-general/111487d1244602612-question-phenom-ii-x2-550be-owners-100_0129.jpg

Can you suggest a fan and heatsink that has a low noise.
 
You really need at least one fan pulling hot air out the back of the case it does not need to be running at full speed but does need to be on, ideally you also need one in the front preferably on the bottom front panel pulling cool air into system again doesn't have to be going super fast for it to be effective now to your CPU cooler a Cooler Master Hyper 212+ would be an excellent cooler but make sure it will fit your case get the measurements and measure your case should fit most mid tower cases fine.

Cooler Master Hyper 212+ $34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&cm_re=hyper_212%2b-_-35-103-065-_-Product
 

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thanks for the fast reply.

2 pictures here to show what I have right now.
2 fans at the back, the stock fan and opposite a black tube which is just a hole in the case.
the hole in the case with a ruler next to it.

http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/7471/imag00331.jpg
http://img708.imageshack.us/img708/996/imag00341.jpg

That fan is standing.. which way is it meant to point? because if it is backwards it goes directly into my the top case fan.
I googled to find the UK price at £18 which is nice, and I also found this at ebuyer for the same price. Is that also a good cooler?
here is the newegg page for you.
 
Yea if you get an aftermarket rear blowing cpu heatsink and fan you take that tube off. The artic 7 will be alot louder then the cooler master and prob wont cool as good eithier. But if the hyper will not fit go with the artic 7 its a smaller fan.
 

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Ok thanks, you've been very helpful. I'll measure up in a second and get the cooler master if there is space.

Also just thinking about that hole I'll have, is it a good idea to get an intake fan to put there? 80mm fan.
 
I have a cooler master TX3 on my X3 720 and it does a great job cooling my CPU even with the 4th core unlocked so would be another good alternative for you if the 212+ will not fit (it is a 93mm fan version of the 212+ which is 120mm - so does not cool as well as the 212+ on high TDP cpus but for a 550 it is more than enough (my X3 720 with the 4th core unlocked and running at 3.2GHz. idles at 35C and gets to 55C under prime95 (using the CPU temp which on my MOBO is 8-10C higher than the individual core temps report (those stop working once the 4th core is unlocked) ) - OF course I got mine for $4.99 so it was a better deal (they had it on sale for $14.99 with free shipping and I had a $10 off next purchase code) - The fan on it is pretty low noise until it gets near the max spin rate (above 2000 RPM it starts to get a bit loud but under it is nearly silent)

Another advantage to it is it installs without the need to remove the MOBO from the case to add a different backplate !!
 

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Unfortunately the tx3 is too big to, and the artic cooling one I found cuts it too close, so going to look for a heatsink and fan that sit on the processor. I thought I had a wide case aswell :(
 


Are you measuring to include the plastic cover on the side cutout?? - My case had the same cutout and with the incside vent it would not have fit but by removing that plastic piece inside the case and just using the outer piece and screws (with nuts added to the inside to hold them in place instead of the shroud it fit without problems !!
 

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I have 12.2cm from my mobo to the very edge of my case.
TX3 is 13.9cm
Cooling freeze is 12.5cm
I don't know why my case is being picky lol
 

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I found this (after looking at the scythe zipang which is far out of my budget) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185097&cm_re=Scythe_Shuriken-_-35-185-097-_-Product

lot smaller in height at only 6.4cm, and a very quite fan according to frosty tech, a few people on newegg don't think this is powerful enough for their quad cores which are oc'd so I think it should be fine on a stock dual core right?

thoughts? also is it necessary to get thermal paste? I don't feel like spending £5 on it if it isn't needed and only cools the CPU a bit more.

Thanks for your time.
 
Should be fine for a dual core since the wattage is lower than with the Quads so less to cool - as far as the thermal paste the cooler comes with some but you'll get slightly better results if you get some better paste - could always try the paste that comes with it and if you need a bit better cooling then buy some locally afterwards if needed.
 

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Bump, thoughts on scythe and the shuriken posted above?

I've noticed alot of people recommend the hyper 212 :( I wish it would have fit
 


Haven't seen either in use so can't really say ! - you might also take a look at the cooler master Gemini II - has a couple more copper heat pipes than the shuriken and a 120mm fan for around the same price.

as for the 212+ the price point makes it a very good deal for the price and performance you get from it (though the price has increased from $29 to $35 lately it is still a good choice for the price)
 

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The most annoying thing is stock :( apparently in england the component companies think we don't need fans and heatsinks.

I wish newegg shipped to the UK. I said this when I was building my PC in the first place lol.

the 212 did look good, but won't fit in my case.