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Socket 775 CPU Cooler

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May 6, 2008 10:08:33 PM

I am in the process of building a new system. I will be using an E8400 processor. It will be initially run at stock speeds, but I may overclock it some, but nothing drastic. I Do Not want to use the stock cooler. I want an aftermarket one, but have a few questions:

1) Are the push-pin style coolers as much as a pain as people make them out to be? I want the easiest cooler to install on this system build, while not sacrificing quality in cooling or durability.

2) What coolers would you suggest i get in the $30-$60 range? I have looked at Still cannot decide, which reverts back to the push-pin or non push-pin issue.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

P.S. I have built 2 computer before, one a socket 478, the other a socket 939 and attached cpu coolers to both of them, if you can relate how difficult socket 775 attachment is to them, etc etc.

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May 7, 2008 12:50:16 AM

Just order one of these, makes things a lot easier. I believe Newegg has them but I think this is the best price and you can use it with just about any cooler, just use this instead of the push pins.
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May 8, 2008 12:07:17 AM

Of course the big problem with the two CPU coolers recommended above (and with most aftermarket CPU coolers) is that they don't perform the secondary cooling that Intel coolers (and similar "downdraft-style" coolers) do. Many MB's are designed to use this down-and-out-in-all-directions airflow -- they have heat sinks and/or radiators set up on more that one side around the CPU.
If your MB has such a design and you decide to go with a non-downdraft cooler, you may have to add additional small (40mm?) fans to maintain system stability.

Personally, I like the Zalman 8700:

May 8, 2008 1:07:09 AM

From what I've been reading, the Xigmatek S1283 is the best air cooler currently available, and quite reasonable at $36.99 on NewEgg with free shipping.

It is a push-pin style cooler but you can always buy a backplate kit for $6-8 dollars more if you want to go that route.

The new Sunbeam Core Contact is supposed to be even better, but I haven't found anywhere that actually has them on sale yet. The Xigmatek S1284 is coming out in July but the benchmarks I've seen actually rate it a little lower than its predecessor, though nicer-looking. The OCZ Vendetta 2 is also supposed to be very good but is much pricier.
June 22, 2008 7:21:46 AM

Push pin cooler installation is the worst thing I've ever seen. It's a total pain in the ass, and you feel like you're going to crack your MB because you have to push so hard. It BLOWS.
June 22, 2008 2:16:30 PM

my fingers rest for 3 days after i installed the Scythe Infinity. stay away from those push pin if i were you. and dont instll you system inside the case yet until you get you cooler. saving you taking them out again which is a long process.
June 22, 2008 3:30:50 PM

You should have some sort of case fan to offset the lack of secondary cooling described by Mondoman. After all, it's summer and I'm watching my NB temps rise to 49C...:( 
June 22, 2008 4:41:13 PM

do you have air con?that would certainly help alot.
June 22, 2008 5:11:44 PM

It's like 29C here. I have a fan, if that helps AC for me. :( 
June 22, 2008 9:15:12 PM

a bucket of ice will be nice thouge.put the in front of your intake fan.sure will help.:) 
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June 22, 2008 11:15:52 PM

iluvgillgill said:
a bucket of ice will be nice thouge.put the in front of your intake fan.sure will help.:) 

And it's a good practical way to keep your beer (or beverage of choice) cold :wahoo: 
June 22, 2008 11:33:43 PM

Make that dry ice. The fan'll suck in the cold CO2 off it... :p 
June 22, 2008 11:51:19 PM

wouldnt it bette to put the dry ice on the hardware itself? let alone the condensation!:p 
June 22, 2008 11:53:01 PM

iluvgillgill said:
wouldnt it bette to put the dry ice on the hardware itself? let alone the condensation! :p 

Try putting it on your tongue. It's quite a kicker. :na: 
June 23, 2008 12:00:02 AM

wouldnt it be more exciting if you swallow it?:p 
June 23, 2008 3:36:17 AM

That's for wimps. Real men go swimming in liquid N2.
June 23, 2008 3:49:18 AM

im not even a wimp then!lol:p :D 
June 23, 2008 4:37:12 PM

*Pokes Mondoman*

Ooops...he shattered. :( 
June 23, 2008 11:56:52 PM

*BBQ mondonman*