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Noisy fan - any suggestions?

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  1. Daz224

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    I've got a really noisy CPU fan and I'd like to replace it.

    I heard that water coolers are the best but I looked on Savastore.com and couldn't find any. Would a standard fan do?

    Processor is AMD 2000+
     
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    If a fan has worked satisfactorily in the past, I see no reason to go form more than a replacement fan.
     
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    I'm curious, this isn't fhe first time that I have read that the stock heatsink and fans from AMD aren't too good, but I have been using mine for about a year and a half without any problems, and my temps remain low. What is wrong with the stock setups?
     
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    Not all of them, the X2, Am2 and Fx fans are excellent, it was the XP fans that really wore out easily.
     
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    I guess that the AMD64s fall into the better catagory, because that is what I have.
     
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    The problem with most AMD Athlon XP fans are their size, 60 mm fans need to spin faster to move more air and as a result are louder and tend to fail quicker.

    An 80 mm fan would be better, here's one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16835150040
    To make it even quieter take off the top grill.

    Or go for a Thermaltake solution wiht a low decibel number, at least under 30db: http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/product/Cooler/CPUCoolers/AMD/AMDAthlonXP/AMD_athlonXP.asp
    Fansless: http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/product/cooler/retail/cl-p0071/cl-p0071.asp
     
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    The reliability of the fan hasn't been a problem, it's lasted me for nearly four years without a problem. It's just the noise.

    I live in the UK so I'm gonna go through Savastore.com, but I priced two up.

    A cheap one here

    or a slightly more expensive one here

    Both are under 30db.
     
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    Well the second one is better for sure but not as good as the Mascool or Thermaltake fans. The first a 60 or 70 mm fan mounted on a crappy aluminum heatsink. The second is a variable speed fan that is actually quite loud at full speed.

    That store has a very small and poor inventory.
     
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    Triple6 - that alternative site also has a small inventory - for my processor.

    I could only find 2 choices for a Socket A chip - and they're both from Akasa. But at 26db I guess they're ok.
     
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    The Zalmans are no good, unfortunately. I've got about the only motherboard that's incompatible with their range (as per their web site).

    The Thermaltake fanless one would be ideal, but it's too large for my case. The Typhoon would be my next choice, but it's a bit pricey.

    So I think I'll go with the Akasa AK-827. I'm on a budget and I think that'll be sufficient.
     
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    I got the Akasa AK-786 and what a difference! I can actually hear myself think now. I mean seriously, the last one was incredibly noisy.

    Yep, I got this one for the equivalent of about $10 including delivery, and it is under 30db. Great buy! Thanks all for the tips, you helped me make my mind up.
     
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