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What kind of AMD AM3+ CPU cooler can fit in a Asrock 990fx Extreme4 mobo?

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November 13, 2013 10:46:42 PM

I recently bought an AMD 8-core 8350 cpu along with an Asrock 990fx Extreme4 mobo, and I am happy with it and upset with it at the same time. I am happy about the fact that it is the fastest mobo I have ever bought, but I am also upset at the fact that THE NORTH BRIDGE HEATSINK IS A MOUNTAIN. It was so big in fact that I couldn't mount my Corsair H60 liquid cooling system in it because the North Bridge heat sink was shoving it out of the way and I couldn't align it with the screw holes so now I have to use the really crappy stock CPU cooler which is loud and crashes my computer even if I dare overclock it to 4.2Ghz. And I plan to one day overclock it to 4.8Ghz

So now the way it seems the only way I can do this is with a heatsink/fan CPU cooler. So my question is What is the best heatsink/fan cpu cooler that can fit my Asrock 990fx Extreme4 so that I can overclock between 4.5Ghz to 4.8Ghz? Also if it matters, my Computer Case is the NZXT Phantom 410.

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November 14, 2013 12:14:04 AM

The best thing on Air for a decent price is the Hyper 212 Evo.

It will fit in that mobo but it is a little tall so id be more concerned about if it will fit in the case. I have my i5 overclocked to 4.4Ghz using it and it never even gets close to hott. Plus you can pick it up for like $40.

Alot of people use it. It works with all Intel and AMD boards so your AM3+ board is compatible with it and like i said, it should fit fine. Other people have used your board with that cooler successfully.
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November 14, 2013 9:09:27 AM

Nitro192 said:
The best thing on Air for a decent price is the Hyper 212 Evo.

It will fit in that mobo but it is a little tall so id be more concerned about if it will fit in the case. I have my i5 overclocked to 4.4Ghz using it and it never even gets close to hott. Plus you can pick it up for like $40.

Alot of people use it. It works with all Intel and AMD boards so your AM3+ board is compatible with it and like i said, it should fit fine. Other people have used your board with that cooler successfully.


Hmmmm Alright, cool. I'll pick it up whenever I have the chance. Do you know of any liquid cooling systems that would possibly fit in this build? I would still like to use water if I could.
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November 14, 2013 12:59:41 PM

Yep, the Cooler Master 212 Evo is best for me! I'd strongly recommend it if you're overclocking!
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November 14, 2013 1:34:40 PM

Racgnar said:
Nitro192 said:
The best thing on Air for a decent price is the Hyper 212 Evo.

It will fit in that mobo but it is a little tall so id be more concerned about if it will fit in the case. I have my i5 overclocked to 4.4Ghz using it and it never even gets close to hott. Plus you can pick it up for like $40.

Alot of people use it. It works with all Intel and AMD boards so your AM3+ board is compatible with it and like i said, it should fit fine. Other people have used your board with that cooler successfully.


Hmmmm Alright, cool. I'll pick it up whenever I have the chance. Do you know of any liquid cooling systems that would possibly fit in this build? I would still like to use water if I could.


If you wanted to go with water cooling you could use this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 23, 2013 1:08:56 PM

It really doesn't matter about the motherboard. It really depends on the case. Unless you are going for heavy duty water cooling, most coolers shoud fit fine. I hope I could be of some assistance. Merry Christmas.

Tim S.
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