My cousin built my computer for me and it did everything I needed it to throughout school and for years after but sadly last year I noticed it making some loud noises and then suddenly it would stop loading up and tell me that there was an error with the fan. Being me I decided to turn it off and back on again and hope for the best. This method worked for a while but I knew it wouldn't last. I had a feeling it was time I fixed the problem instead of ignoring it and I didn't want to find one day it wouldn't turn on again and then all my files would be lost.
Yes, I have now done a proper back-up (finally!). One of those things I always meant to do but could never be bothered.
I did some internet shopping and found a fan that would replace the one in the case for about £14 (ebay) so I ordered it. The Akasa fans came recommended from the internet and said to be ultra-quiet so I figured that was exactly what I needed.
When the fan arrived I noticed some writing on the side of the pack saying which platforms it was compatible with and I freaked. Thankfully my computer was a match. I held the new fan up to the old fan to figure out how it went in. A benefit for me was that it was pretty idiot proof and a few screws later it was in. As you can imagine I had my fingers crossed quite tightly when turning the computer on.
The fan has so far done the trick. My computer has been happily loading for 3 months now and no problems. I'm really proud of myself!
* Ultra quiet, 15 dB(A) performance cooler
* Super-silent 12cm amber fan
* Hi-grade aluminium fine-fins
* Multi-platform application for both Intel and AMD platforms
* 3 ultra-high capacity 8mm heatpipes for rapid heat dissipation
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This is one of the best available coolers for socket 939 (although it does support other platforms) in terms of low noise and awesome cooling performance. It has a solid copper base and three large heatpipes up to the finely thinned radiator which is cooled by a quiet 120mm fan. It comes with a PCI back plate adapter with a fan speed controller knob on it. On minimum it is completely silent, on max it is fairly noticeable.
I have been very impressed with its low noise. The CPU temperature pretty much sits at 37°C all the time. I have the speed up from minimum just a bit.
I bought this for my newer large PC in the Antec P180 case. It is fitted on an Asus A8N-Sli Premium with a Gigabyte GV RX80L256V. I mention this combination since due to the proximity of the CPU location to the graphics card slot, and the fact that this graphics card has very large heatsinks, the only way I could fit this CPU cooler was to put it on backwards! This means that if you want it to blow the air out the back of the case, as I did, then you also have to take the fan off and turn it round. This is most easily done BEFORE fitting the cooler but it is possible to do I in-situ if you have a short enough screwdriver.
The only problem I have had is that after about 3 and a half years the fan on it did develop a slight rattle. You could only hear it if you were sitting near the PC but it annoyed me so I replaced it with a brand new Antec Tri-Cool fan. Interestingly with this I was able to put it on "Slow" and have the Akasa fan controller on minimum too- the fan was so slow you could see it turning rather than the usual blur!