Athlon64 stock HSF - noise levels

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  1. duff

    duff what's the score here?

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    I'm building for the first time and I think I'm going with the Athlon64 3500+ (or the OEM version).

    My primary concern is noise. So how much better can I do with an aftermarket HSF? Is the difference night and day assuming I get a quiet one?

    I'm thinking of these, if anyone has experience with them (or others) compared to stock:
    ThermalTake Silent Boost K8
    Zalman CNPS7000B
     
  2. DAN513

    DAN513 OT Supporter

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    Zalman anything is very quiet. One word of advice about the CPU's, don't get the OEM, spend the extra $20 and get the retail box, not for the HSF, but for the warranty. You get 3 years on a retail box, 30 days on an OEM.
     
  3. P07r0457

    P07r0457 New Member

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    yes... the retail is for the warranty, and even if you get an aftermarket fan (recommended) then the warranty is worth the cost!

    As for fans, anything that starts with "thermalTake" will garanteed end with "crap".

    Zalman CNPS7000A-Cu is what I would get.
     
  4. SugarCoatedSour

    SugarCoatedSour OT Supporter

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    :werd: Zalman is best when it comes to cooling. Go for either the 7000A or the 7000B.
     

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