I currently have an AMD FX4100 with the stock cooler that came with it in a Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P. OC'd mildly to 4.02Ghz.
In early May I will be upgrading to a Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 with an AMD FX6300 and I plan to put a mild OC on that too, to around the same speed I have now. 4Ghz,...
All of this is housed in a CM Storm Sniper Case. I have 2 x 200mm Intake, 1 x 200mm Exhaust and 1 x 120mm Exhaust fans.
My original thought was to get a CM Hyper 212 Evo for it, better have more than enough than not enough, but then I became concerned it might not fit with my side 200mm fan installed. I will NOT be removing my side fan.
So then I decide dto get a CM Vortex Plus. It's rated for 150w CPU's and my FX6300 is only 95, so should be ok, then I saw some conflicting reviews. Most good, but some meh and some say it sucks,...
Then I started looking at the CM Hyper TX3,... same thing as the Vortex, some good, some bad, some meh,...
So what would you choose for a low(er) profile aftermarket cooling solution for this CPU that would NOT be severely over clocked.
The Evo just seems overkill to me, if it would fit, considering I'm not going to be pushing the system in any meaningful way, near it's limits.
Price IS a consideration. Along with everything else I'm buying not only for my system but also to build a second system out of my spare parts, my limit is in the area of $35 to $50 max. Was also looking at the CM GeminII M4 and or the CM GeminII S524.
Right. I wasn't necessarily looking for low end, just lower profile. Something not as large and tall as the Evo and similar. Hence why I was looking at the Vortex, TX3 and the Gemini's,... they sit lower to the motherboard.