Question HELP! Need New CPU Cooler

taylornicole

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Okay so I don’t know much about computers. I bought one from CyberPower about two years ago. Lately my pc has been louder than normal. I think I narrowed down the sound to the radiator/fan for my cpu cooler. I cleaned out all the dust but it’s still loud even when my pc is just on my desktop. I’m thinking about replacing it. Looking at Corsair coolers. I don’t know which one or where to put it in my pc. Do I keep a 120mm in the back or get a 240 and put it on the side panel? Any comments appreciated. I seriously don’t know anything about this stuff. Click the link for photos!

Specs:
Case: IN WIN 101 Mid Tower High Air Flow Gaming Case
CPU: Intel i5-8600k 3.6GHZ
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
FAN: CyberpowerPC Asetek 550LC 120mm Liquid Cooling
HDD: 240GB Kingston a400 SATA III SSD
HDD2: 1TB SATA III 7200RPM HDD
RAM: Corsair Vengeance DDR4 3000MHz 2x8GB
MOTHERBOARD: CyberpowerPC z370 SLI Xtreme ATX

View: https://imgur.com/gallery/6p6AFqr
 

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If its still under warranty, you could attempt to contact CyberPower and get it solved free.

Could replace it with air cooler if you want, Noctua NH-D15 is superb (Gammax 400 does a pretty good job for roughly 20-30$ also), otherwise NZXT Kraken M22 may be a suitable option.
 

taylornicole

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If its still under warranty, you could attempt to contact CyberPower and get it solved free.

Could replace it with air cooler if you want, Noctua NH-D15 is superb (Gammax 400 does a pretty good job for roughly 20-30$ also), otherwise NZXT Kraken M22 may be a suitable option.
Is it possible the noise could just be the fan? Can I replace just the fan?
 

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Is it possible the noise could just be the fan? Can I replace just the fan?
You can (can be tricky depending how its mounted), but the Noctua NH-D15 would likely both perform better and run quieter than what you have there. However, it isnt as pretty as a water-cooler, where the NZXT Kraken comes in, at similar performance and noise profile.

The noise may not even be due to a faulty fan though, and is the result of poor thermal handling, how many intake and outtake fans are there not including the cpu cooler? I can't spot any in your pictures, which indicates extremely poor air flow, no new cool air for the radiator to use.

As far as I can tell, there is a base grate for 2 120mm fans and a side grate with room for 2 120mm fans (drags from passage down the side? this case seems inefficient). At a best guess its a re-branded msi z370 (gross, re-branding), which has 6 fan headers, more than enough for the 4 extra fans. You will likely see a large increase in the cool air entering the case with this, causing a positive pressure (more coming in than going out, ideally its equal, but your case is weird).

Using 2 fans on the side or the bottom will net you closer to a neutral airflow, install these depending on where your case is (no point using side panel if its against a wall etc).
 
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taylornicole

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You can (can be tricky depending how its mounted), but the Noctua NH-D15 would likely both perform better and run quieter than what you have there. However, it isnt as pretty as a water-cooler, where the NZXT Kraken comes in, at similar performance and noise profile.

The noise may not even be due to a faulty fan though, and is the result of poor thermal handling, how many intake and outtake fans are there not including the cpu cooler? I can't spot any in your pictures, which indicates extremely poor air flow, no new cool air for the radiator to use.

As far as I can tell, there is a base grate for 2 120mm fans and a side grate with room for 2 120mm fans (drags from passage down the side? this case seems inefficient). At a best guess its a re-branded msi z370 (gross, re-branding), which has 6 fan headers, more than enough for the 4 extra fans. You will likely see a large increase in the cool air entering the case with this, causing a positive pressure (more coming in than going out, ideally its equal, but your case is weird).

Using 2 fans on the side or the bottom will net you closer to a neutral airflow, install these depending on where your case is (no point using side panel if its against a wall etc).
Yea there’s only the outtake fan for the radiator. Maybe I’ll get a 3 pack of fans and replace the radiator one then put two intakes on the side. I’ve always wondered why there was never more fans. Lol.
 

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