Making a PC quieter

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  • kadooosh 1 Mar 2013 18:33:13 1,196 posts
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    I've recently bought myself a gaming PC with an AMD FX 6200 that has a crazy loud cpu cooler on it.

    Is it right to think I can change the fan on its own with replacing the whole heatsink?

    If I do need to replace the whole heatsink do I need to remove the cooling paste already there and apply more?

    Noob here of course...
  • Frogofdoom 1 Mar 2013 18:37:03 801 posts
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    Is it a stock heatsink and fan? If so i would replace the whole thing as you can get a much better one that will be quieter and cooler

    Also is the cpu running at stock clock speed?

    Lastly what temperature is the cpu running at under load?

    Edited by Frogofdoom at 18:37:53 01-03-2013
  • kadooosh 1 Mar 2013 18:40:03 1,196 posts
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    @Frogofdoom

    I assume its a stock heatsink and fan. It does OK under load, when playing BF3 for example gets to about 50c not seen it past 51c.

    Its crazy loud all the time in my opinion, even louder when the gpu kicks in..
  • asha 1 Mar 2013 18:42:41 1,990 posts
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    You should be able to use SpeedFan to adjust the speed your fans run at. I usually set everything to 30% speed, and then knock it up to 50% when I'm in a game.

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  • Frogofdoom 1 Mar 2013 18:44:59 801 posts
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    https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQBVwq4y_bUm3Wt37ChYEthH7c_711udhwvDx8194MKfMoRCCkf

    #thats the stock one. If its one of those i would look to replace it. I have always liked scythe heatsinks as they always run cool and have a nice quiet fan on them.

    If you do end up changing the heatsink you will have to clean the thermal paste off and apply some fresh in a thin layer.
  • kadooosh 1 Mar 2013 18:52:54 1,196 posts
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    @asha is there any danger using that?
  • kadooosh 1 Mar 2013 18:54:10 1,196 posts
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    @Frogofdoom cheers. ill find ou if it is. either way, what I have is really loud so I'd like to replace it.

    Is it difficult/risky changing it?
  • asha 1 Mar 2013 18:55:39 1,990 posts
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    kadooosh wrote:
    @asha is there any danger using that?
    Just keep an eye on your temps, if they get dangerously hot then increase your fan speeds.

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  • B0rked_Gamer 1 Mar 2013 18:58:01 1,858 posts
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    kadooosh wrote:
    @Frogofdoom cheers. ill find ou if it is. either way, what I have is really loud so I'd like to replace it.

    Is it difficult/risky changing it?
    Not really. Remember to gently twist the hsf before pulling it off (oo-er) because it's stupidly easy to completely rip out the CPU on AMD boards.
  • Frogofdoom 1 Mar 2013 19:00:29 801 posts
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    Changing them is really easy, just follow the instructions and make sure the heatsink is sitting securely on top of the cpu with well applied paste.

    10 years ago it was all a bit riskier before they had thermal shutoffs :)
  • pauleyc 1 Mar 2013 19:03:07 4,384 posts
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    If you decide to install an aftermarket cooler, I can recommend for instance this Noctua one. Very silent and efficient albeit larger than the stock HSF combo. The definite drawback is that it requires a special backplate for a secure mounting - in the worst case you might need to remove the whole motherboard if the access is limited.
  • kadooosh 1 Mar 2013 19:05:46 1,196 posts
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    cheers, appreciate the help.

    What do I need to know before buying one? Ie I have a Gigabyte 970A-UD3 mother board and the fx 6200 cpu, are heatsinks made to fit all motherboards or is it the cpu that needs to be compatible?

    Sorry if thats a stupid question, I was just wandering if any heatsink/cooler will fit onto any MB?
  • B0rked_Gamer 1 Mar 2013 19:07:44 1,858 posts
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    Get the D14. :D
  • kadooosh 1 Mar 2013 19:08:52 1,196 posts
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    @pauleyc Thats actually really handy to know, I'd rather not have to remove the MB but I assumed I would have to.. I suppose thats dependant on how easy it fits on and if I have space?

    Do I need to worry about static charge etc?
  • Rusty_M 1 Mar 2013 19:17:00 4,349 posts
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    Yes, any time you're messing about inside the case, you should make sure you're at the same electrical potential as the components therein.

    The world is going mad. Me? I'm doing fine.

  • Fake_Blood 1 Mar 2013 19:17:26 3,826 posts
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    What case do you have?
  • pauleyc 1 Mar 2013 19:19:05 4,384 posts
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    The D12 *should* fit in most standard ATX cases, maybe check the measurements first. The fitting is rather simple - remove the old HSF bracket, attach the custom one, apply fresh thermal paste to a cleaned CPU, attach the new combo with the spring-loaded screws; tighten carefully.

    Static discharge is always a possibility but you should be okay if you ground yourself before handling parts. Just don't moonwalk over synthetic carpets.

    @B0rked - the Noctua D14? That's not a fan, it's a cooling tower! ;-)
  • coastal 1 Mar 2013 19:19:18 5,372 posts
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    Each heatsink will fit a series of socket types. Your's is an AM3 socket so make sure that's supported in the description and you'll be fine.

    bf3: sergeant_shaftoe

  • zisssou 1 Mar 2013 19:21:52 579 posts
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    If you want a quiet PC get this

    http://www.ebuyer.com/410723-corsair-hydro-series-h100i-high-performance-liquid-cpu-cooler-cw-9060009-ww?utm_source=google&utm_medium=products&gclid=CIOpj9Ke3LUCFc3HtAodoQ4AmA

    I just built a new pc, but didn't get the above as I'm not that fussed about noise.

    Edited by zisssou at 19:22:44 01-03-2013
  • Frogofdoom 1 Mar 2013 19:31:44 801 posts
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    unless you know your stuff, i would steer clear of watercooling solutions tbh. A decent quality heatsink and quiet fan is plenty quiet enough and a lot less stressful for you :)
  • kadooosh 1 Mar 2013 19:55:08 1,196 posts
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    Fake_Blood wrote:
    What case do you have?
    It's a cheap Mars case
  • jellyhead 1 Mar 2013 19:55:15 24,350 posts
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    Make sure that your RAM won't block the new heatsink/fan. I have low-profile memory so it wasn't an issue but it might be worth double checking it clears your RAM and any capacitors around the CPU.

    Or is that all standardised now and he doesn't have to check?

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  • kadooosh 1 Mar 2013 19:56:32 1,196 posts
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    pauleyc wrote:
    The D12 *should* fit in most standard ATX cases, maybe check the measurements first. The fitting is rather simple - remove the old HSF bracket, attach the custom one, apply fresh thermal paste to a cleaned CPU, attach the new combo with the spring-loaded screws; tighten carefully.

    Static discharge is always a possibility but you should be okay if you ground yourself before handling parts. Just don't moonwalk over synthetic carpets.

    @B0rked - the Noctua D14? That's not a fan, it's a cooling tower! ;-)
    Haha ill do my best, moon walking is the coolest form of manual travel ;)

    Thats actually sounds pretty straight forward, really appreciate the help here.
  • B0rked_Gamer 1 Mar 2013 19:57:08 1,858 posts
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    pauleyc wrote:
    The D12 *should* fit in most standard ATX cases, maybe check the measurements first. The fitting is rather simple - remove the old HSF bracket, attach the custom one, apply fresh thermal paste to a cleaned CPU, attach the new combo with the spring-loaded screws; tighten carefully.

    Static discharge is always a possibility but you should be okay if you ground yourself before handling parts. Just don't moonwalk over synthetic carpets.

    @B0rked - the Noctua D14? That's not a fan, it's a cooling tower! ;-)
    Bigger is...cooler. :D
  • THFourteen 1 Mar 2013 19:58:40 31,804 posts
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    My Noctua is ace, cant remember which model it is anymore but its huge and silent.

    You do have to take the motherboard out to fit the bracket though
  • kadooosh 1 Mar 2013 21:01:14 1,196 posts
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    THFourteen wrote:
    My Noctua is ace, cant remember which model it is anymore but its huge and silent.

    You do have to take the motherboard out to fit the bracket though
    Yeah im guessing that's the case. Never played about with a pc before, got to learn somehow I guess!
  • SuperBas 1 Mar 2013 21:31:11 1,437 posts
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    Replace the cooling paste with some quieter stuff.
  • kadooosh 1 Mar 2013 23:29:34 1,196 posts
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    So I'm quite a bit clearer on what I need now which is cool, there are a couple of recommendations of heatsinks here but can anyone recommend any others that are quiet with decent cooling?
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