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April 16, 2013 9:15:21 PM

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.

ETA:
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.

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April 16, 2013 9:30:47 PM

How about this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I run the H50 on my i7-2600K oc'd to 4.5, I use 2x 120mm fans on mine, 1 to CPU controller and the other independant.

You should have no issue adapting it to the 200mm fan with a little thought and stap the accompaniing 120 onto it as well.
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April 16, 2013 9:32:36 PM

corroded said:
How about this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I run the H50 on my i7-2600K oc'd to 4.5, I use 2x 120mm fans on mine, 1 to CPU controller and the other independant.

You should have no issue adapting it to the 200mm fan with a little thought and stap the accompaniing 120 onto it as well.


Ya, water cooling's not really an option. I don't the time, expertise or confidence in water. Not to mention, for now, out of my price range by about $15. and at this point, yes $15 is that critical.

Maybe for a future build, when I plan to push the system a bit harder,...

Thanks for the opinion though.
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April 16, 2013 9:43:53 PM

corroded said:
Sorry... saw the $ as I was clicking....

It is hard to find a GOOD low end cooler.

Try a silent cooler (passive)... If you have real goo air flow it should work:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <<<about $50 tax and shipping


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.
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April 17, 2013 8:25:22 AM

bartholomew said:
The Hyper TX3 would be a good choice.
Its a good cooler for the price.
http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/coolermaster_hy...


Ya, the Hyper TX3 and the Vortex Plus are currently leading the pack of choices. I need good aftermarket cooling, but not overkill or HUGE since I won't be putting much of an OC on my CPU.

I get 4Ghz (a 400Mhz OC) on the stock FX 4100 cpu cooler right now and idle at 15C, so any decent aftermarket, should be able to handle a 500Mhz OC on an FX 6300.

I just need to be careful to make sure it will fit with my side fan installed, and the TX3 definitely will...

Thanks for the suggestion.
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April 17, 2013 8:49:50 AM

The 15C Idle temp is inaccurate. (Unless your ambient temp is 14c or lower)
The load temp is what matters.

The Tx3 is a good improvement over stock & is probably the best choice.

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