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Need a CPU Cooler for under or around $50

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August 4, 2013 5:46:58 PM

I have the i5 2500k with this heat sink: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

When Gaming it runs around 72 C and that seems a bit hot. This cooler is very old so it might be wearing down. You guy's have any suggestions?

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August 4, 2013 5:50:57 PM

Phanteks PH-TX12DX works great, friend uses with a 3770k oc'd to 4.4 nice and cool around 50c i would say, or something like the xigmatek dark knight II performs similar to a H100 or the always cheap recommendation the cooler master hyper 212 evo all great coolers

Edit: did u consider to replace the thermal paste? or do a little dusting? That cooler shouldnt be allowing the cpu to get that hot, but getting something new is always nice lol
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August 4, 2013 6:00:09 PM

lazyboy947 said:
did u consider to replace the thermal paste? or do a little dusting? That cooler shouldnt be allowing the cpu to get that hot, but getting something new is always nice lol

Well I recently built this computer (around 6 months ago) and it was at those tempts to begin with. Might need some dusting though. I might not have applied the thermal paste all that well though.

That Phanteks looks like a great deal.

And also water cooling trips me out. I don't like water in my system haha

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August 4, 2013 6:13:17 PM

its actually not regular water its electronics friendly liquid lol and normally does not leak.

If the cooler doesnt have enough paste or isnt seated correctly then temps will be warmer than they should. My friend was using a CM v6 gt with his x6 and stock speed and when gaming got around stock cooler temps and its because the screws that held the cooler in place to the backplate became loose.
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August 4, 2013 6:15:17 PM

Oh okay. My case doesn't support water cooling anyway (doesn't have the holes in the back and I don't feel like modding it) so I think I'll stick with something you suggested. Thanks!
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August 5, 2013 11:41:32 AM

No prob, air works just fine. You asked for suggestions & "underwater" is an option for some......enjoy.
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