I went with the Scythe Ninja myself, though I'm not looking forward to installing it based on some user reviews.
Still, while everyone seems to get hot and bothered over the Tuniq Tower (probably because they are just trying to duplicate other OC results without having to think too hard), it looks like the Ninja ismore flexible in terms of making the tradeoff between noise and cooling.
I have used Thermaltake Big Typhoon and it's great cooling for my 840. But for your selection the Ninja is great but hassle installation. I would choose the Zalman for eventhough it maybe not as good as the Ninja, still the E6300 does not generate that much heat anyways. The Zalman would be good enough for it and looks cool too with it's led fan. :wink:
even for AM2? that sucks... i've never taken a computer fully apart before except like a 70's one that didn't matter. Thats why i was having it put together. hmmm maybe i'll still have it put together so i know what its suppose to look like lol :wink:
MY mobo didnt need the new backplate (asus a8n) but i guess theres no way for you to know that until you take it out?
I'm getting an asus m2n32-sli deluxe, so will i still need it do you think? I figure if i do need to install it i'll tell NCIX to install that and leave the cooler of since they can't ship it attached supposedly
I have a 9500LED and I love it. I haven't tried any other HSF except the Intel Stock cooler (which sucks) but looking at those test results and some from this site it looks like there is only a small difference (3-4 Celcius).
BTW: Those charts are wrong.... if you read the review for the Tuniq Tower it states that its very loud at full speed, however the chart says its only 35db.... and at 50% speed its 34db... anyone care to explain this? I cannot trust this chart until that is clarified.
I have a CNPS9500 on my AM2 4000+. No mobo removal. It just clips on, much like 939's did. You have to kinda look at it for awhile to see how to put it together but it was really pretty easy. With it I'm able to overclock my CPU to 2.4Ghz @ 1.55v with only a few degrees temp increase at max. It also comes with nice little fan controller and a sticky pad so you can put it anywhere