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Hi,

I'm looking to ditch the stock cooler on my FX 6300 as the temps inside my case are a little higher than I'd like, plus I plan to o/c the chip soon. I'm having some trouble finding the right thing for me.

I need to get a decent heatsink, that meets the following requirements;

1. Needs to fit an AM3 socket. I have an MSI 990FX GD-80 board if that helps any.
2. Needs to be good enough to keep my 6300 cool, I'm planning to o/c it to around 4GHz.
3. Preferably needs to have a horizontal mounting option. My case does not have top panel vents and I don't want to blow hot air straight at my GPU.
4. I don't have the biggest case (Sharkoon T9 link), so I think a lot of the bigger coolers might be a squeeze in there.
5. Preferably I don't want it to be something silly. ( ridiculous shape, lights up red etc)

Does anybody have any suggestions on something I could go for?
Or if you have the same case, what cooler did you go for?

Hope you guys can help!

oh, P.S, I specifically said Heatsink as I don't really want to go down the liquid cooling route on my budget. Probably in the future though.
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  1. Karl Woods said:
    Hi,

    I'm looking to ditch the stock cooler on my FX 6300 as the temps inside my case are a little higher than I'd like, plus I plan to o/c the chip soon. I'm having some trouble finding the right thing for me.

    I need to get a decent heatsink, that meets the following requirements;

    1. Needs to fit an AM3 socket. I have an MSI 990FX GD-80 board if that helps any.
    2. Needs to be good enough to keep my 6300 cool, I'm planning to o/c it to around 4GHz.
    3. Preferably needs to have a horizontal mounting option. My case does not have top panel vents and I don't want to blow hot air straight at my GPU.
    4. I don't have the biggest case (Sharkoon T9 link), so I think a lot of the bigger coolers might be a squeeze in there.
    5. Preferably I don't want it to be something silly. ( ridiculous shape, lights up red etc)

    Does anybody have any suggestions on something I could go for?
    Or if you have the same case, what cooler did you go for?

    Hope you guys can help!

    oh, P.S, I specifically said Heatsink as I don't really want to go down the liquid cooling route on my budget. Probably in the future though.


    Hyper 212 evo. Best all around cooler, it's quiet and can even beat $60 water coolers. All for $34. A 4.5ghz overclock will probably bring you around 65C at load. Im sure it will fit with your case with about a few mm to spare.
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    Your case isn't small either and can fit some hefty coolers :) I'd pick the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO as a solid choice for your needs at around £25. If you can push your budget higher then Phanteks PH-TC12DX would be another good choice at under £50, with great performance that can push your CPU to over 4.5ghz easily. Plus it doesn't block any RAM slots.
  3. Madn3ss795 said:
    Your case isn't small either and can fit some hefty coolers :) I'd pick the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO as a solid choice for your needs at around £25. If you can push your budget higher then Phanteks PH-TC12DX would be another good choice at under £50, with great performance that can push your CPU to over 4.5ghz easily. Plus it doesn't block any RAM slots.


    Thanks, mate! I was looking at the 212 EVO before, but now I've seen the Phanteks I've made up my mind. It meets all my requirements, plus has push/pull right out of the box and comes in a blue chrome colour which will match my mobo very nicely. Very solid reviews online also.

    Thanks again.
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