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Whats the best CPU cooler for my desktop??

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March 4, 2014 1:23:13 PM

My computer is only 17.5cm wide externally. So I don't think I can fit evo 212 in it.

My question is, what's the easiest to install cooler that could fit into my computer case?

I am not very good with the hardware stuff, even though I did replace my GPU and PSU, I prefer to not do something like taking the whole motherboard out.

Price is not an issue for me, I am just looking for convenience and the right size. Thanks!!


P.S. My motherboard is m5a97 evo2. It came with FX 6300. I am thinking of upgrading to 8350.
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March 4, 2014 1:30:03 PM

Well the bigger heatsinks would all require you to take the motherboard out to put a metal backer behind the motherboard so it doesn't break.
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March 4, 2014 1:33:51 PM

Your computer is only 6.8in wide? Yeah, a hyper 212 isn't going to work. Look at low profile coolers like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There are several, but make sure they are compatible with a 125w TDP if you're going to upgrade to an 8350.
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March 4, 2014 1:55:40 PM

s4in7 said:
Your computer is only 6.8in wide? Yeah, a hyper 212 isn't going to work. Look at low profile coolers like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There are several, but make sure they are compatible with a 125w TDP if you're going to upgrade to an 8350.

How do I tell if they are compatible with 125w TDP?? Do all the coolers work better than the stock one from AMD?
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March 4, 2014 1:59:01 PM

Honestly, since you're in tight confines the stock cooler is probably your best bet. There are high-performing low profile coolers, but most are geared towards HTPC settings and therefore not beefy enough for a gaming rig.

You can go to a manufacturers website to see if a particular cooler is compatible with your TDP.
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