CPU cooler - Cooler Master CP5-6J31C


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Ancra

It doesn't look as if I'm going to have the space for my fav Zalman
cooler in my cheapo 'revamp-old-dog' project. (looking to shave off
another cent as well, ;-))

CPU is XP2200+ t-bred, and I'm not fond of noise.

I can pick up an old Cooler Master CP5-6J31C almost for free.
CM claims 31dBA, 30 000hrs at 4800rpm. Comments, anyone :-o
Particularly since I'm not good at 'reading' dBAs, and seller is more
modest, "33dBA". I assume there's a good difference between 31 and
33dBA? I know 28dBA is fairly quiet, but is 33dBA?

Or should I try to get hold of (and try to fit) the bigger CP5-8JDIF
(80mm fan at 2500rpm and 29dBA) instead?

I've also noticed another manufacturer 'Arctic' makes outrageous
claims of silence on very cheap coolers? Can this be trusted?

P.S.
It looks like I may have to replace PSU as well. I want to anyway. The
old one is so noisy. I'm utterly clueless and lost about PSU, :-(
Somebody else have always chosen these for me.
I don't understand them. I won't put up the money for an Antec. Any
suggestions, and advice are welcome. I think I can manage well enough
with 300W, and I'm tentatively considering SeaSonic and FSP Group.
I Imagine these are quiet and reasonably priced.
I also noticed Q-Tec is quite cheap, but they look a lot like the
Stuka-siren I intend to replace?


ancra
 
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