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Good, cheap CPU cooler that fits on stock AM3+ bracket for FX-6300?

I recently put together my first build for gaming and I'm pleased with it. However, I'm using the stock fan that came with my AMD FX-6300 and, like reviews said, it's VERY loud, so I'm looking for a nice cheap alternative. I've seen the Cooler Master Hyper EVO 212, but installation looks a tad fiddly for me; I really don't want to have to replace the stock bracket on my motherboard, nor do I want to have to take my mobo out of my Cooler Master Elite 342 case. Also, space is a bit limited in my case (max cooler height 15.3cm), so a tower cooler might not be the best.

What is the best cheap (<£30) CPU cooler that simply just goes on a standard AM3+ bracket and will fit into my case?

Thanks!
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  1. I've been looking for about 25 minutes now trying to find a cooler that fits what you're looking for but having a really hard time. :( Only thing I was able to find was an installation video for the EVO 212 on an AM3+ board, he does install it without taking the motherboard out but his case had an access point for the back of the motherboard, it's hard to tell in the pictures but it looks like yours might, too? In any case here's the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCSnezosJfQ
    Sorry I can't be of more help. :(
  2. Egitel said:
    I've been looking for about 25 minutes now trying to find a cooler that fits what you're looking for but having a really hard time. :( Only thing I was able to find was an installation video for the EVO 212 on an AM3+ board, he does install it without taking the motherboard out but his case had an access point for the back of the motherboard, it's hard to tell in the pictures but it looks like yours might, too? In any case here's the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCSnezosJfQ
    Sorry I can't be of more help. :(


    Thanks! Yes, my case does have a way to access the back of the motherboard. Maybe the EVO is my best bet.

    EDIT: Oops, just double-checked dimensions and the EVO 212 is too big for my case!
  3. Uh-oh. How much room do you have?
  4. Egitel said:
    Uh-oh. How much room do you have?


    According to Cooler Master, the max CPU cooler height for the Elite 342 is 153mm (6 inches). The fan is also quite close to the RAM: here's a picture (that's the 7cm x 7cm stock cooler for scale). My mobo is an MSI 760GMA-P34(FX).

    Do you think that this would suit my needs? I have manually checked and it seems that it should fit my case, if Amazon's dimensions are correct. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Zalman-CNPS5X-Performa-1155-Sockets/dp/B006344OMM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1397477661&sr=8-2&keywords=am3%2B+cooler
  5. Looking in pounds and for a nice price the next,
    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/zalman-cpu-cooler-cnps10xoptima
    the one you chose should be good too.
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    Yep! Seems to have some pretty good reviews. :)
  7. If you can fit water cooler in there you would be set corrsair H-55 are easy to install...to bad you cant get to back side of your mobo..
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