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Topic # 98783 6-Mar-2012 11:37
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Can anyone recommend an excellent CPU cooler for a HTPC.
We have just rebuilt it with an AMD A6 3500 cpu and included cpu fan, and it's the only fan thats making any noticable noise now.

Budget, definetly under $100, prefer under $50 but we want something super quiet

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Uber Geek
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  Reply # 591166 6-Mar-2012 12:11
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I got a Shuriken Scythe, took the fan off it and perched a full-size Antec 5" case fan on top of it. It's an underclocked CPU so doesn't run particularly hot anyway, and a case fan makes a lot less noise than a CPU fan. The original Scythe fan wasn't bad though noise-wise, and it's low-profile.

In my HTPC the noisiest component was the HDD.

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  Reply # 591211 6-Mar-2012 12:51
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looking at this one

but i see it needs low profile ram? thats the only website i see that mentions it though, do you think it would be a problem?


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  Reply # 591228 6-Mar-2012 13:07
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Most RAM is about the same height unless they've got finned heatsinks on them that stick up above the usual amount. As long as the heatsinks aren't higher than the PCB by more than 1-2mm then you should be fine.

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  Reply # 592542 8-Mar-2012 21:12
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+1 for the scythe. That or the gemini may be suitable for you

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  Reply # 592553 8-Mar-2012 21:50
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Have a read of this thread I created where I've recently built a HTPC with the Big Shuriken:

As the previous poster mentioned you don't have to have low profile RAM you just need to make sure you don't have massive fins on the heatsinks.

This was the RAM I used: 

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