Hello, so I've been reading a lot of information about heat sinks. I am currently using the stock heat sink but my idle temps have been running a bit hot and I need to upgrade. I am looking for something under $100. I was looking at the Noctua NH-U12 and the NH-D14.
There are two concerns I have about these heat sinks. The first is that in many reviews, they say the height of the heat sink make it so I will not be able to use all of my RAM slots. I currently am using all 4 RAM slots and do not want to have to replace them.
The second concern is that the majority of the reviews and the tips I have read are from a few years ago. I just want to make sure that there hasn't been new heat sinks that might perform better of which I am unaware.
There are closed-looped pre conditioned water cooling units out there that have the exhaust fan attached to where the back fan of the case would be. This would eliminate any possible misfits. I would recommend a Corsair H60 for $90.
But the Hyper 212 any any of its variants are good as well. They can be had for under $40. They perform exceptionally well for their price.
But what temps are you getting? CPUs should not be getting hot without any overclocking/volting.
Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility
DDR3 G.Skill Ares Series Yes
DDR3 G.Skill ECO Series Yes
DDR3 G.Skill Flare Series No
DDR3 G.Skill PI Black Series No
DDR3 G.Skill Ripjaws Yes DDR3 G.Skill Ripjaws X series Yes
DDR3 G.Skill Ripjaws Z series Yes
DDR3 G.Skill Sniper Series Yes
DDR3 G.Skill Sniper series Yes