What's the quitest/best heatsink + fan combo that's less than $40?

I'm looking for something other than stock cooling for my possible E6600/E6550 that I'm going to buy in a couple weeks, and I want to go quieter (main goal), but also better cooling than stock (otherwise it's not worth switching). I don't need the absolute coolest or quietest solution, but something that's quiet and offers at least better cooling than stock.

Thanks for your suggestions
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  1. I've got a Scythe Ninja Plus cooling my E6400. It is very effective and quiet. I paid $39.99 4 months ago for it.

    It happens to be on sale(still) @ Newegg:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16835185038

    One thing about it - It is huge! Make sure you have room for it.
  2. I think I'm looking at getting the Antec P180, so I think I should be able to get it to fit without any problems. It's also been suggested that w/ the P180, you could almost get away with running it fanless because of the 2 case fans in such close proximity.
  3. stock is very quiet, and cool, try it first before you discard it, even on the lower speed settings.
  4. I might just do that, because all these new heatsink/fans are so bulky that I don't even know if it'll fit right.
  5. 13thmonkey said:
    stock is very quiet, and cool, try it first before you discard it, even on the lower speed settings.



    I agree. If you are not going to go for a high overclock, the stock heatsink is suprisingly good. I also can't hear mine running.
  6. The Ninja is good enough to cool a C2D passively, when overclocked. I can reach 3.2GHz with an E6600 without it throttling using just a Ninja and a single 900rpm 120mm case fan.
  7. One of the things that I discovered when I built my system was that, with my E6600, at a vcore of 1.25 volts (1.35 volts is stock), I could run at 3.0 GHz with stability. Lower vcore = less heat, so the stock HSF should be more than adequate.

    At a moderate over-clock - in my case, 3.3 - 3.4 GHz, for price vs. performance; I think that it's hard to beat the Arctic Cooling AC Pro. I cannot, however, reach 3.6 GHz without raising vcore to ridiculous levels (above 1.55 volts).
  8. jsc said:
    One of the things that I discovered when I built my system was that, with my E6600, at a vcore of 1.25 volts (1.35 volts is stock), I could run at 3.0 GHz with stability. Lower vcore = less heat, so the stock HSF should be more than adequate.

    At a moderate over-clock - in my case, 3.3 - 3.4 GHz, for price vs. performance; I think that it's hard to beat the Arctic Cooling AC Pro. I cannot, however, reach 3.6 GHz without raising vcore to ridiculous levels (above 1.55 volts).



    A quick glance at the specs show that the E6600 has a voltage range of 1.187V-1.325V. Does that mean it's stable throughout that entire range? So I could run it at 1.187V and it should be stable? Or is that the WORKING range, and 1.187V would result in a slower than 2.4GHz clock speed? Basically, if I were not concerned with overclocking, what's the lowest voltage I could supply to it without sacrificing the 2.4GHz performance.
  9. The E6600 I have runs stably at 1.1v at 2.4GHz. 1.1v is the lowest voltage that can be set on my particular motherboard, the Asus P5B-Deluxe.
  10. caselogic said:
    A quick glance at the specs show that the E6600 has a voltage range of 1.187V-1.325V. Does that mean it's stable throughout that entire range? So I could run it at 1.187V and it should be stable? Or is that the WORKING range, and 1.187V would result in a slower than 2.4GHz clock speed? Basically, if I were not concerned with overclocking, what's the lowest voltage I could supply to it without sacrificing the 2.4GHz performance.


    That's the voltage range when SpeedStep is enabled. When the E6600 is throttled down to a 6x multiplier, it is naturally slower than when it runs at max speed with a 9x multiplier. The lower the speed the lower the necessary voltage.

    You can try to run the E6600 at stock speed with 1.1 volts, but it's not guaranteed to work.
  11. Damn it. The edit button doesn't seem to work.

    Anywaste, I just wanted to add that the Scythe Ninja is a very good HSF. I use it to cool my overclocked E6600.
  12. Well from exp., the stock fan is quite silent but 4 a better cooling its better to use a tower cooler but that would depends on your casing... plus if ur tight on budget, you can actually try the artic cooling freezer 7 pro... its gives quite a good cooling performance and has PWM control... and it is small enuf to fit in my case with a fairly huge NB cooler (CM Blue Ice).. (Mobo: P5N-E SLi) ;) :na:
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