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Jumpcut81 1 month ago


I'm looking for a cpu cooler for a silent build and I am trying to find an alternative to the Be quiet dark rock pro 4 because it wont fit in my case (Ram issue). I do not want the noctua one because of the look... So I was wondering if I go with an aio like corsair 100i or NZXT RL-KRX52-02 Kraken (or other) and I swap the fans for the Be quiet silent wing 3, will it be silent as de DRP4? I got an old rig (i7-2600k) and I want to overclock the cpu to go with my new RTX2080. Eventually I will upgrade the rest of my rig so I dont know if it change the way I should choose my cpu cooler?

I am new to the world of building pc so I am very open to suggestions, it would be much appreciated!


(sorry for my bad english, it's not my primary language.)

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ImperiousBattlestar 2 points 1 month ago

AIOs can sometimes be much louder than HSFs (thanks to pumps), so the DRP4 should be much quieter.

Jumpcut81 submitter 1 point 1 month ago

Ok so I should stay with air cooler? And since DRP4 does not fit in my case I guess I have no choice to go with the noctua one?

ImperiousBattlestar 1 point 1 month ago

Stick with the air cooler, but which case do you have?

(this will determine if there’s any cheaper options)

Also, which country are you located in?

(asking this as part availability is limited in some regions, especially for Scythe and Thermalright coolers)

Jumpcut81 submitter 1 point 1 month ago

I got the Fractal r4 for the moment with stuck fans and I am located in Quebec Canada. Maybe I'll change case too but not for now (GPU took all my money away...)

Edit: Now I am considering to just change my RAM for lower one.. To tell the truth, I have already received a DRP4 today that I ordered on Amazon to realize after that it did not fit in my case...

ImperiousBattlestar 1 point 1 month ago

Alright, so the Define R4 can swallow a 170mm HSF (with no side intake)


The DRP4 comes in at 163mm, so you should be OK


However, have you seen the Scythe Mugen 5?


It’s able to keep up with the DRP4 and the Noctua D15, whilst costing much less, and being much smaller.


You could also go for the PCGH edition, if noise reduction is your focus


I’d also add one more 140mm fan, for intake


Jumpcut81 submitter 2 points 1 month ago

wow thanks a lot!! did not know about Scythe !

I am not sure if I understand what you are saying with my case and the DRP4 but it's more like a RAM issue. My RAM is 50mm and the clearance is like 41mm I think. Maybe there is something I do not understand? I got the DRP4 today but I did not tryied to fit it yet.

Wrobo 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

I am using the Scythe Mugen 5 RevB with an added duplicate kaze flex fan for push pull. It is silent for me running both fans at full speed.

Tetsuclaw 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

I got the older DRP3 cooler which is the same size as the 4 and low profile ram is low enough to fit under the fan in front of the cooler. Worst case scenario you can move that fan to the other side of the cooler in pull config instead of push. The biggest worry I would consider about is both those coolers blocks the very top PCIe slot on the motherboard so make sure your board as a 1x slot as the top while the 16x slot is the second one down.

Take a look at my PC build for reference: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/b/MnLJ7P