Is an aftermarket CPU Cooler necessary to be quiet?

The rest of my build is reported to be pretty quiet but I'm worried the stock cooler on my i5 4590 might be a little loud.

Is it true that the stock cooler on this is extremely loud? Is an aftermarket cooler necessary to make it quieter or is there a way I can change the fan speeds, etc. with out spending $17 just to get quieter?

(If I do need a cooler, it will have to fit into a Coolermaster Elite 130 case)
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  1. I wouldn't go so far to say it is 'extremely loud'. The only reason it would get really loud is from poor airflow, very heavy loads and/or high ambient temps. In these cases you have bigger issues than how loud the CPU fan is. However since your case is fairly open it may be noticeable in a quiet area. Most newer motherboards have custom fan profiles so you can get a quieter CPU fan at the expense of higher temps.

    If you had a case such a Fractal Design Define that is designed for quiet operation I would say the CPU fan is quiet enough, it is basically a low hum. Since you do not, I would suggest purchasing an aftermarket cooler.

    Something like this would be ideal: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118126
    Here is the Tom's article about this cooler and a few others: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/low-profile-heat-sink-mini-itx,3639-20.html

    Just try the stock cooler, if it is too loud for you then look into getting an aftermarket product to replace it.
  2. SinxarKnights said:
    I wouldn't go so far to say it is 'extremely loud'. The only reason it would get really loud is from poor airflow, very heavy loads and/or high ambient temps. In these cases you have bigger issues than how loud the CPU fan is. However since your case is fairly open it may be noticeable in a quiet area. Most newer motherboards have custom fan profiles so you can get a quieter CPU fan at the expense of higher temps.

    If you had a case such a Fractal Design Define that is designed for quiet operation I would say the CPU fan is quiet enough, it is basically a low hum. Since you do not, I would suggest purchasing an aftermarket cooler.

    Something like this would be ideal: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118126
    Here is the Tom's article about this cooler and a few others: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/low-profile-heat-sink-mini-itx,3639-20.html

    Just try the stock cooler, if it is too loud for you then look into getting an aftermarket product to replace it.


    1) Will it be a lot of work of reopening the case and getting into it to replace the cooler? If so I'd rather just do it now.

    2) While I know a CPU cooler like that would rock and be ideal, I simply can't afford it in my budget and I'm fine with higher temperatures as long as it's not damaging my parts. Would either of these coolers work (by either I mean please mention whether both would work and if either one would work, which one you'd prefer)?

    https://pcpartpicker.com/part/thermaltake-cpu-cooler-clp008al09wta
    https://pcpartpicker.com/part/arctic-cooling-cpu-cooler-acfz11lp
  3. I cannot say if it will be a pain to get into the case to replace the cooler or not. If I had to guess I would say probably. It appears there is no dust filtering on that case so you will have to open it up frequently to clean it anyway (depending on your environment of course).

    If I was forced to choose one, I would go with the Arctic cooler. That is without looking at any sort of trusted review on either though. I've used a handful of Arctic products and they are generally very quiet and perform well.
  4. SinxarKnights said:
    I cannot say if it will be a pain to get into the case to replace the cooler or not. If I had to guess I would say probably. It appears there is no dust filtering on that case so you will have to open it up frequently to clean it anyway (depending on your environment of course).

    If I was forced to choose one, I would go with the Arctic cooler. That is without looking at any sort of trusted review on either though. I've used a handful of Arctic products and they are generally very quiet and perform well.
    Would the thermaltake still be sufficient you think? (I can get it for cheaper and I'm not looking for the besttt)
  5. Feliks said:
    SinxarKnights said:
    I cannot say if it will be a pain to get into the case to replace the cooler or not. If I had to guess I would say probably. It appears there is no dust filtering on that case so you will have to open it up frequently to clean it anyway (depending on your environment of course).

    If I was forced to choose one, I would go with the Arctic cooler. That is without looking at any sort of trusted review on either though. I've used a handful of Arctic products and they are generally very quiet and perform well.
    Would the thermaltake still be sufficient you think? (I can get it for cheaper and I'm not looking for the besttt)



    Perhaps. Pretty much any aftermarket cooler is leaps and bounds better than stock. There are some fringe cases that relate to high wattage CPUs or overclocking, neither of which apply to you. If in doubt, look for some reviews of the coolers in question on some tech sites. They might have information that may be important to you but maybe didn't think of it before building the PC.
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