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I'm trying to get my computer quieter, I've been looking into liquid cooling, but that's expensive, hard to setup, and impossible to move, so I'm just going to get quieter fans. My CPU fan is the hardest decision. First off, the big ones are so heavy and impossible to get all the cords around, second, how quiet is quiet 28Db? 38Db? Should I go with a big one to keep it cooler? But how big does it need to be, I don't over-clock, but my stock fan is far too loud and doesn't even keep it at a decent temperature. Any heatsink suggestions?
 

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It shouldn't be that hard to cool that processor, I'd look for one with the largest fan you can find, they normally run slower and quieter. 28dB will be inaudible with the case on.
 

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Threshold of Pain: 134 dB
Jackhammer: ~100 dB

Normal Talking (1 m distant): 40 - 60 dB
Very Calm Room : 20 - 30 dB
Leaves Noise, Calm Breathing: 5 - 10 dB


Well, that should help....in terms of physics and general science. Zalman has really got cooling solutions down to a science. I wont give you a specific site because I dont want to give any endorsements, but some companies that i would recommend looking into are Zalman, Arctic Cooling, Thermaltake, are some of the top manufacturers.
 

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For the decibel question, if you want to know anything about decibels you have to learn a lot. For example, 20dB is not twice as loud as 10dB. Also, the threshold of pain is anywhere between 120dB and 135dB.

Here's a chart with sounds and their dBs (also reffered to as SPL, sound pressure level) .

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decibel#Safety
 

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Thank you, I just updated my system specs. That and the dB explanation helped a whole lot. that puts it into perspective for me.
 

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big heatsink? i can't imagine some of those fitting in my computer, let alone not disrupting anything else, i think i'm just gonna go for a medium quiet one, that doesn't burn up the cpu.
 

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Is this something that i would have to remove my motherboard in order to mount? I really don't wanna have to do that I hate having to take out those screws and lose them and try to get those things back in.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16835118223

What about this one. Same question.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16835185125

And does this type of cooler effectively cool heavy load CPU's?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16835109123

Thanks for all your help.
 

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I research stuff far too much. I just don't want to ganked out of money, and i have to make the decision i'm making is a good one.
 
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