Looking for good CPU coolers that fit in an Antec 900

Hey all,

First time builder. Scoping the forums to see what kind of cooler to throw onto my proc. I've obviously never done it before, so I am looking for something that:
1) fits in my case & mobo
2) is not too difficult to install
3) is relatively quiet
4) <$50, although cheaper is better ;)

I plan on doing mid level or maybe a little higher Oc'ing. Also, does the brand/type of thermal paste make a difference?

Here is my rig:
Antec 900
Gigabyte EP45-UD3P

Here are the two that I am looking at, but don't know if there is anything better out there:

1) Xigmatek HDT s1283

2) Artic Cooler Freezing 7 Pro

Thanks in advance!
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  1. Your second one is a good choice... so is the ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185125 )

    For the most part the thermal paste doesn't make a huge diff. but a better one will give you a little dissipation gain
    one of the best Pastes is Arctic Silver ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100008 )
  2. most defenatally get the xiggy s1283, much better then the arctic freezer!
    Make sure to get the retention bracket along with it so you dont have to use the push pins
    For thermal paste i find that arctic silver 5 works very well

    As for applying the thermal paste with the s1283, you can't use the normal method (on arctic silvers website) because the paste will just go into the cracks caused by the direct contact of the heat pipes of this heatsink. Someone on this forum did some testing on this (i don't remember who but i can't take any credit) and found that if you put a very small amount of thermal paste on each of the heat pipes then it spread nicely and gives you ideal temps

    Good luck!
  3. arges86 said:
    Your second one is a good choice... so is the ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185125 )

    The arctic freezer 64 pro is the same product as the arctic freezer 7 pro, the only difference being that the 64 is for amd systems and the 7 is for intel system.

    As for temps differences the s1283 still offers better cooling then the arctic freezer 7 so i would have to recommend that.
  4. Thanks thus far!

    I've done some more searching...any thoughts about the OCZ Vendetta? Would it work without a fan?
  5. Cooler Master Hyper TX2 is what I'm using in my Antec 900 right now, it's got atleast 1-
    1 1/2 inch clearance from the door and keeps my E8400 idle low 30's and load 40's rarely 50's.
  6. I too vote for the S1283 + bolt in kit.

    See review:

    The OCZ Vandatta will give you .5-1C lower than the S1283. Forget the Freezer Pro. It's not in the running any more.

    As for thermal paste either MX 2 or Arctic Silver. Both are about the same. Flip a coin to decide.
  7. Is the S1283 loud enough to hear over the case fans? I am trying to get a pretty silent rig here, and I think this cooler might fall out of favor due to its noise production. Anyone with experience with it care to confirm or deny the noise issue? Thanks
  8. Ok before you go and get all riled up about the various coolers you should know for an air cooler there is one better of the 2 you have listed.

    It is the Xigmatek HDT S1284EE

    Cooling ability is measured in Thermal Resistance

    The Arctic Cooling Freezer Pro 7 is 0.17°C/Watt

    The Xigmatek HDT-S1283 is 0.16°C/Watt

    The Xigmatek HDT-S1284EE is 0.14°C/Watt

    The Xigmatek bracket should be used for the Xigmatek cooler.

    The freezer pro will be more quiet than either of the Xigmateks.
    The HDT-S1284EE does as good as some of the $200 water cooling rigs.
    What I like about the Freezer 7 Pro is that it's very cost effective. Great Bang for Buck.

    LOL the freezer pro 64 not for a skt 755 lol
  9. Hey I am building almost the same setup: Gigabyte EP45-UD3P, Intel E8400, Antec 300 or 900. Does anyone have thoughts on this Zalman cooler?


  10. Whatever cooler that was it apparently has been deactivated (or its a bad link). Regardless the s1283 offers amazing cooling, so if you get a case and mobo that it fits in i would still have to recommend it.
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