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AMD Stock Heatsink Vs a Cheap Heatsink I Bought?

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July 19, 2013 5:04:36 AM

Okay, so I'm building a computer for my Grandad which will be used for general day to day applications as well as a game called Flight Simulator X which he plays a lot too. I've gone with the AMD Phenom II X4 3.4GHz CPU, which should do the job very nicely.

Anyhow, I've just suddenly had one of those worrying second thoughts after I've ordered all my parts. I'm wondering whether the stock heatsink that comes with my AMD CPU chip is actually better than the 3rd party heatsink I have purchased alongside the build. The heatsink I have purchased is only a cheap one, as I didn't think the computer would need expert cooling just for playing a single game which is a few years old now. I ordered a Siberian CC Heatsink for around £11 (yes, I know that's cheap). Here is a link to the website and specs for it:
http://www.gelidsolutions.com/products/index.php?lid=2&...

Anyhow, what do you guys think? Should I just stick with the AMD stock heatsink or settle for the Siberian one I have purchased? In all honesty, looking at the stock heatsink right now, it doesn't look like a bad piece of kit?
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July 19, 2013 5:14:10 AM

Looks pretty much like the stock cooler, but the fan might be better. The stock PII fans I think are the 9 bladed buzz-saws (If I remember right they can go up to 6000 RPM's, loud and ANNOYING!) Just be sure to use some good thermal compound (can't go wrong with Arctic Silver 5, a tube of that stuff is about $10 and after a 200 hour break in, it'll help you run nice and cool.)

You'll be fine, but store the stock cooler away, if you have to RMA the chip, they often ask for the stock heatsink too. (At least Intel did to me.)
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July 19, 2013 5:17:43 AM

I've just had a look at some reviews more extensively, and while people are saying the Siberian heatsink is very quiet, they are also saying that temperature reduction is quite poor. I am running this build with a Cooler Master Silencio 550 case, designed for noise isolation. Do you think I should just settle with the stock heatsink with noisier sound but better cooling? Hopefully the case will compensate the noise. It's just one of those fittings where I don't want to have to install both heatsinks, because it's such a hassle with all the thermal paste and all!
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July 19, 2013 5:21:25 AM

That's a nice looking case! You might as well try to get your money back with that GELID and just install a Hyper 212+ onto the thing. They run about $25 here in California (not sure where you are, and it's 5:15 AM so I am too lazy to look up international pricing.) It'll run cooler and it's really quiet due to the 120MM fan (just make sure it'll clear your RAM, if you have tall heatspreaders it might be an issue) but it's been a favorite for years. On the cheap, it's one of the best ways to go (and you can overclock Grandpa's PC a little for him! :)  Always fun with those black editions!)
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July 19, 2013 5:27:43 AM

I have a Hyper 212 Evo in my own PC currently, and it does do the job well. However, I originally told my Grandad the build would cost £466, but due to a couple of items being out of stock when I went to finally order them, the price for the build has gone up by about £25. If I went ahead and spent even more money on a better heatsink, I fear my Grandad will not be too happy with me spending more than I'd told him!

I don't really intend on overclocking, as the PC specs already beat the recommended specs for his game quite considerably. I'm just curious as to how effective the stock heatsink will be. I'd rather save a bit of money (if possible) and prevent having to wait for another order to be delivered if I get a new heatsink. Thanks for your help so far by the way!
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July 19, 2013 5:35:01 AM

I had a Phenom II X4 965 (I think that's what you ordered) and the stock heatsink was a nightmare. I had a pretty good case at the time with really good sound deadening (a Antec P193 if you wanted to know. I mostly use Antec because they are a 10 minute drive to their offices) I would say you could pick up the 25 quid for your old grand dad, but that's just what I would do.

The stock heatsink is designed to just barely get you by. It'll be loud and annoying (think a dentists drill when under high load). Maybe check FrostyTech.com and see what they say is good. It's been a little while since I've used AMD since my signature rig kind of blew up after 3 years of heavy use (and over volted memory). You can use the stock heatsink if you like, but for me I would just spend the money. Just my 2 cents.
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July 19, 2013 5:39:41 AM

Okay, thanks for your advice. I think I will have a look at finding a new heatsink, although it's just going to be a bummer having to wait for it to be delivered! But I guess it would be best for the PC, else I might have my Grandad ringing me up after 2 weeks saying the PC has set on fire :p  and then I really would be screwed!
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July 19, 2013 5:44:34 AM

Your welcome, amigo. I'm spoiled, I live in Silicon Valley, so to me I can just drive a few minutes, get my gear and be off to the races. I sometimes forget that others have to jump through hoops and order on line and all that. If I helped you, don't forget to him that "best answer" button please!

Good luck! (and I know all about family calling saying their computer isn't working, I have A Uncle, Parents, Brother and In-Laws that call on a weekly rotation asking for help! lol) Have a good one!
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