Help choosing CPU air cooler

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X Tatic
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Title pretty much says it.

I have been having trouble with my stock cooler. I sit quite close to my pc and the noise is a real problem. All my other fans are reasonably quite, but my CPU fan is getting really annoying.

I havent overclocked yet and I am getting idle temperatures of about 34 to 35 and when my CPUs are at 100% temperatures go up to about 50.

I am looking for a quiet CPU cooler. I would prefer air, but im not sure why. Also I would really like it to have (blue) LEDs because I think how a computer looks is just as important as how it performs.

AM3 motherboard: ASRock 890 GM Pro3 890GX
Case: NZXT Tempest EVO - its pretty big
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
GPU: ATI Sapphire Radeon 4650
RAM: Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz Ballistix, CL8(8-8-8-24) 1.65V Unbuffered Non-ECC
HDD: Western Digital 640GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache - OEM Caviar Black
Cooling: 2 x 120mm fans, 2 x 2 120mm blue LED fans, 2 x 2 140mm fans
Lights: Dual 12" Blue Cold Cathode & Nexos Blue LED Light Strip
PSU: 450W akasa


My room is at about 20C to 25C mainly because my TV gives off so much heat.

I am looking to spend under £40, but i can be easily persuaded to spend more if needed

Any help and recommendations would be greatly appreciated

Thanks in advance

Razear
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The Cooler Master Hyper 212 is an amazing air cooler for the price. You won't be disappointed with the preformance.

ATX
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The Noctua NH-D14 will give you an awesome performance but it is huge and heavy.. A good alternative will be the Thermaltake Frio.

X Tatic
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I was looking at a few other fans:

-Thermaltake Blue Orb FX ~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8u82_rpGPg
-Zalman CNPS9500 LED
-Zalman CNPS9700 LED
-Thermaltake SpinQ

Can anybody give any advice on these?

ATX
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Do you plan to overclock your CPU?

Vodun Valkyrie
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Running a CM V10 here. Never looking back.

ATX
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CM V10 is way too expensive.. Try the Thermaltake Contac 29, it will be just fine to replace the stock cooler..

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106141&cm_re=contac_29-_-35-106-141-_-Product

boredgunner
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The best heat sink you can afford is the Titan Fenrir.

rippa86
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Thermalrite Ultra 120 Extreme has never let me down :) 

Is quite large and heavy though.

Rippa

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