I am looking to make my PC a little more quiet.

When I game sometimes I can hear my stock 4690k fan speed up.

I am trying to figure out what my best option is for quiet cpu coolers at a reasonable price.

I have looked at the Hyper212 evo, but that seems to have a pretty fast fan.

Are there any CPU heatsinks out there that come without the fan, so I can potentially look for a really quiet fan separately?

Also, with a 4690k at stock speed, is there potential to possible use a fanless cpu cooler?

  • What's your budget? By "quiet", how loud are we talking (preferably in dB if you can)? Would you have any interest in overclocking down the line? How tall of a CPU cooler can you fit? What RAM do you have?
    – JMY1000
    Commented Jul 8, 2019 at 7:22

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If you look at pcpartpicker.com under CPU coolers, they have a lot of great filtering options. For example...

Here is a list of available CPU coolers that don't come with fans. Even at stock it probably won't be possible to find a passive CPU cooler unless you have some big fans for your case that are pushing a lot of air through, which from this post, sounds like you don't want to have. Most of the ones in this list are meant to be bought with the purpose of adding your own fans, in which case you probably want some quiet Noctua fans.

Here is a CPU cooler with one of the lowest sound ratings on the site. Scythe, while not a super well-known brand among most consumers, is known to be one of the best cooler designers with a good combination of quiet and performance. I put smaller model in my uncle's PC and it has been working great for him.

If you want the king of quiet and performance, you'll want something by Noctua. Here is a list of Noctua coolers sorted by how loud they are.

Keep in mind that these noise ratings/filters are not final and are subject to many other factors, like the case you have and if they're put into a PWM fan port on your MOBO, among other things.

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