----Best cpu cooler for no more than $60.---

Just as the the title states, I'm looking for the best cpu cooler I can get for around $60 or cheaper.

I am currently looking at these two.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103055
Coolermaster V8: Seems like everyone's talking about this one.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106123
Thermaltake SpinQ Performance: I saw this CPU cooler running on many very high end, $2,000-$3,000 computers at quakecon.
Quakecon= Big computer convention.

The coolermaster is looking like probably the best bet right now, and the Termaltake SpinQ just looks awsome, haha. But once again, it's all about which cpu cooler cools the best.

I will be running a AMD Phenom ll X3 Processor. It's the 95watt black design, so I plan on overclocking as much as possible!
I have the Antec 900 case, so the size of the cooler shouldn't be a problem.
Please feel free to look up the two cpu coolers I've listed and give your opinions on them, and please give any recommendation on cpu coolers other than these two.


The best cooler for around $60 is what I'm looking for. Thanks.
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  1. V8= Mostly hype and not good performance for the money.

    spin q is for looks.

    If you are planning on spending all of the $70 that you have, i would go for a thermalright ulra 120 extreme

    If you are looking for the best bang for the buck get a sunbeam core contact freezer. It will cool within a 3 degrees of the ultra 120 and is about 1/3 of the price.


    You were at quakecon? I was there to. Did you see vince and them at the AMD booth overclocking with ln2 and lhe?
  2. +1 Core contact freezer, i use it myself so does overshocked
    it cooled my cpu 20 lowered than my stock cooler.
  3. Yeah I did! I'm looking up the cooler you mentioned now. That was pretty awesome. I was about 3 foot away from him doing it in the very front, haha. Do you know what was the highest clock he got it to? I left when it was about 5.5Ghz
  4. Checking out the Sunbeam core. First thing I notice is that it's $39.99, and then $25 after the $15 mail in rebate, which is a lot better than $55 for the V8..
  5. I don't know why nobody mentions the Coolermaster Hyper 212 plus.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&Tpk=coolermaster%20212
  6. Not to bad either. Two reviewers say there running at 4Ghz, and 3.6Ghz
  7. Overclocked, overshocked, have u had any experience with the coolermaster Hyper 212, or heard anything about it? How does it compare to the sunbeam core contact freezer?

    And also anyone else, please feel free to give your thoughts/opinions and post other coolers u think might be better.
  8. LIghtning doesnt post here much but he uses the hyper 212 and it has very similar results to the CCF
  9. silvertounge said:
    That was pretty awesome. I was about 3 foot away from him doing it in the very front, haha. Do you know what was the highest clock he got it to? I left when it was about 5.5Ghz


    Yeah i was there talking to vince for a couple hours. What day did you go?
  10. All three! Haha, my friend won a GeForce GTX 260, so I'm pretty much rebuilding my system. Bought 4Gb of Kingston Hyperx 1066 ram, and the new processor I mentioned earlier. I download the AMD Overdrive ( which they were talking about at Quakecon) and it is really a very nice program. Lots of information, and easy overclocking.
  11. "AMD X3 720 clocked at 3.6GHz: idle @ 27c & mid 50c on 2 hours of OCCT stress test."
    One reviewer said this about the r Hyper 212. I like that. 55 at 3.6 under stress test, means you could probably push up to 3.8 making it get to about 60c, which is really the most I think is safe to run a processor at.
  12. Here's another impressive results from the Hyper 212.

    Processor: Core i7 965 Extreme

    CPU Temps stock (3.2ghz): 42C idle 52C load
    CPU Temps OC (4.0ghz): 48C idle 65C load
  13. silvertounge said:
    All three! Haha, my friend won a GeForce GTX 260, so I'm pretty much rebuilding my system. Bought 4Gb of Kingston Hyperx 1066 ram, and the new processor I mentioned earlier. I download the AMD Overdrive ( which they were talking about at Quakecon) and it is really a very nice program. Lots of information, and easy overclocking.


    Yeah, chew designed overdrive. So its gotat be tight. LOL

    Mostly they were just swrewing around at quakecon. Like playing games at 6ghz and stuff like that.

    Vince and chew however worked all weekend finding the right cpu to bench with. Aaron(the guy with the clear ln2 pot) was just having fun with the 300 litrs of ln2 they got.

    Vince and shamino are going to an event with evga tomarrow and plan on setting some new reccords with the i7.
  14. silvertounge said:
    Here's another impressive results from the Hyper 212.

    Processor: Core i7 965 Extreme

    CPU Temps stock (3.2ghz): 42C idle 52C load
    CPU Temps OC (4.0ghz): 48C idle 65C load


    Go to www.frostytech.com for the reviews on coolers. the Core contact freezer is number two. Number one is the Ultra 120.
  15. Just remember that it is the Plus in the Hyper 212 Plus.
  16. overshocked said:
    Yeah, chew designed overdrive. So its gotat be tight. LOL

    Mostly they were just swrewing around at quakecon. Like playing games at 6ghz and stuff like that.

    Vince and chew however worked all weekend finding the right cpu to bench with. Aaron(the guy with the clear ln2 pot) was just having fun with the 300 litrs of ln2 they got.

    Vince and shamino are going to an event with evga tomarrow and plan on setting some new reccords with the i7.


    I'm sure they'll break it! I'm going to check out that link now.
  17. It's looking like the Core Contact Freezer is being the best performance for the money. According to frosttech, it even beats our the v8 for less than half the price after the rebate. It does say the Ultra 120 cools better, but for $70.. $25 after rebate vs. $70. I think I'm gonna go with the $25 one haha.
  18. Of course I'm still looking for more opinions and recommendations, so keep at it guys!
  19. +1 more for the Core Contact.
  20. Did you get your 3.8Ghz clock with the Core Contact, or the OCZ Vanquisher? If you did not use the Core Contact would you say the OCZ Vanquisher is better than the Core Contact, because it is actually cheaper?
  21. Also, does anyone else have opinions on the Core Contact cpu cooler vs. the Coolermaster Hyper 212? Both seem like very good deals, but as mentioned earlier, people had outstanding results from the Hyper 212.
  22. titan nk85tz keeps my 550 at 3.92ghz idle at 26-32 and on load at 40-42 and the fan is running at 60%.
  23. That's definitely pretty impressive results. Unfortunately it's about $61 with shipping, which is a lot more than the core contact cooler. But you get what you pay for i guess!
  24. huntsman said:
    titan nk85tz keeps my 550 at 3.92ghz idle at 26-32 and on load at 40-42 and the fan is running at 60%.



    More personal results such as this, are really nice. Keep em coming guys :p Still leaning towards that core contact cooler though..
  25. my first choise was the core contact cooler but my store did not have them and they had the titan and also it was on sale for 39 bucks so with tax it came up to 43 everything which is why i went with it. Also i was debating on the scythe mugen 2 but eh, or the xigmatek s1283.
  26. I don't have nice pc stores around me, and online the only price I could find the Titan online for was like $51 and 10$ tax. Newegg's got the Core contact cooler for $40 and then a $15 mail in rebate off of that.
  27. yeah go with the core contact freezer then for sure. yeah im kinda lucky i got microcenter, tigerdirect, and frys electronics near by :)
  28. Have you heard/had any experience with the coolermaster, i think it's coolermaster, Hyper 212.?

    Reviews say they got pretty impressive results with it also, and it's just about the same price.
  29. nope, but go on frostytech.com and see what they say bout it, but overshocked used the core contact freezer and it sure did a good job with his overclocked cpus.
  30. I actually just checked out frostytech again, and it appears the core contact cooler is cooling slightly better than the Hyper 212.
  31. So pretty much the question now is, can anyone find a better cooler than the core contact, for under $60? Excluding the Ultra 120 discussed earlier, which is about
    $70 I believe.
  32. just go with the core contact its ur best bet for good money. i have my titan fan at 50% lowest idle temp is 27c while on 100% it was 26c, but i love the quietness, ima go pick up 2 silenx xtrema 120mm fans as i need one for the side and the 300 antec fan on the back barely blows anything out at low setting.
  33. I was actually looking back into the Thermalright Ultra 120 Plus, but yeah. It's definitely looking like the core contact cpu cooler is the way to go.
  34. I read on a few reviews that people were actually filling in the "creases/cracks" on the bottom of the core contact cooler with Artic Silver and then actually going over that and putting the regular amount in the center of it. Have any of you who have actually used this heatsink done the same thing? Is it really not smooth, and has places you are able to fill in, or is completely smooth on the bottom as all heatsinks are?
  35. Thank you. I'm not completely sure what "lapping" means, but I got the base idea that I do need to fill in the cracks, and then put 3 lines across it. I am assuming Artic Silver 5 would be fine for filling in those cracks?
  36. ^Lapping: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/252168-29-heatsink-lapping-guides

    AS5 is fine, but I prefer MX2 and Shin-Etsu. AS5 is old. (I still use AS5 because I have like 10 3.5gram tubes left :lol: )
  37. Wow Overschocked. 4.53Ghz with the core contact freezer. I'm liking that!! What are your temperatures like under load?
  38. Oh and Shadow, the Sunbeam Core Contact freeze comes with "TX-2" thermal paste. Is that what you were referring to? I might as well ask now also, is this "TX-2" past better than Artic Silver 5?
  39. Never mind shadow. I actually just found the MX-2 you were referring to on new egg =]
  40. ^ Here is a good review of TIM: http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=232141

    Results:
  41. Thanks, I'll take a look at it now.
  42. That was an awesome review on TIM! Thanks Sniper. The Indigo extreme averaged 3 degrees cooler. That's pretty big when you are talking about paste.
  43. Don't think I'm going to want to spend another $8 on more thermal past those for a few degrees XD. Maybe if I get into some serious, serious overclocking later. For now though, I think I'll be able to overclock my Phenom ll X3 720 pretty high with the core contact cooler =]
  44. yep you should be to get some good overclocking going on, i was gonna give my 550 a go to try and get it to 4ghz but schools starting soon and just dont feel like wasting my 2 days, playing with the pc to get it stable so for now it sits at stock speeds both the cpu and graphic card :(

    but good luck to you with yur overclocking and let us know how it turns out
  45. Certainly! Hoping for 3.5-4Ghz
  46. More than likely I'm going to make my purchase this evening. I'd like to ask for opinions once again on the Sunbeam Core Contact freezer vs. the Cooler Master 212.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835207004
    vs.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&Tpk=coolermaster%20212
  47. core contact freezer
  48. get the 3R System BOSS 2..frostytech now puts it as the best AMD cooler! Its certainly from the same OEM as the Core Contact Freezer, but with a much more even base (heat pipe direct touch coolers usually have uneven base) compared to the Core Contact, plus it has one more heatpipe. Frosty hasn't yet published the review, but here's one comparing it to some others..
    http://www.rwlabs.com/article.php?cat=&id=148&pagenumber=6
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