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Old 08-21-2011, 08:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Early birthday from Amazon...

I recently received a $500 gift-card for Amazon

Things that I am planning on getting:
More memory
Another monitor
HDMI cable for ^ (need swivel part because it will be pushed up against a wall and I need it to go as far back as possible...and the connections are in the back of the base)
And I was also thinking about another SSD because I do not have room for my Steam games atm
And as I have about $70 left for that, I added in a 16gb flash drive because the ones I have are too small (4gb, 2gb, etc)

Now that leaves about $50. I do want to exceed $500 (not by a lot though) so that I can use up the entire gift card. With that $50 I was thinking about getting new speakers as the ones I have are really bad and I can hear static when I increase or lower the volume (and it makes a popping sound when I turn them on). I was looking at these. However, I also thought that a new CPU might be a better option as the stock cooler does get quite loud when games keep it the CPU at 60-70% usage.

Could anyone recommend a good SILENT or quiet CPU cooler that doesn't require removing the motherboard or having a opening in the back...because my case doesn't have one.
Any other suggestions or changes...it's really open-ended, so just throw out whatever comes to mind.
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Old 08-23-2011, 08:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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How is your current cooler mounted?

Do you already have a bracket at the back or is it just one of the ones that snaps on the mobo?
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Old 08-23-2011, 12:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It just snaps on; no bracket on the back.
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I saw this cooler (Amazon.com: Rosewill RCX-Z90-AL 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler for Intel Socket LGA 775: Electronics) it is really cheap (10$) but there are some mixed reviews (on newegg), some saying that it is loud, others saying it is very quiet, but all seem to agree that it outperforms the stock intel cooler.
I know it doesn't fill your 50 remaining bucks but it is a start.
Could buy some better paste with it, to get the most out of your gift card.
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Old 08-23-2011, 06:06 PM   #5 (permalink)
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hmmm...I take it most of the better coolers require access to the back of the motherboard?
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yeah they do, you mostly have to mount a plate at the back or something like that
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Well, I just found that you can pre-order BF3 via amazon...so I guess I'll pass on the CPU cooler. Thanks for trying..
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edit: nvm suggestion would cause you to change the backplate now that I see your pc specs
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Kool, enjoy
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