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What is the best budget heatsink for i7 - 1156 socket

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December 3, 2009 6:41:45 AM

What is the best budget heatsink for the Intel i7 with the 1156 socket? I would like to replace the stock intel heatsink if there is sufficient price to performance ratio.
a b K Overclocking
December 3, 2009 11:10:54 AM

Here is a link to a very good web site with a lot of useful information about cpu heatsinks:

http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm

You can use the embedded search feature to find information about heatsinks for specific cpu sockets.
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December 3, 2009 11:57:50 AM

JohnnyLucky said:
Here is a link to a very good web site with a lot of useful information about cpu heatsinks:

http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm

You can use the embedded search feature to find information about heatsinks for specific cpu sockets.


Is it just Intel socket 775 heatsink reviews on that site? Are there just not many out yet for socket 1156?
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December 3, 2009 10:39:33 PM

Thanks for the info Johnny. Are you the heatsink moderator? I searched Tom's quite a bit and see you have copied and pasted the same first comment to my thread here to quite a few others seeking input.

Is this not the place to ask?
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a c 86 K Overclocking
December 3, 2009 11:14:39 PM

Yep, and he gave you the perfect personalized tool so you can make your own decision. I do the same for watercooling mostly.

Johnny is just a guy who likes to help people.
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December 3, 2009 11:42:24 PM

I have both a Fry's and a Microcenter approx. 45 minutes away. I have searched both of their websites for Heatsinks and not much at all comes up. I think it would help to see them. I guess I could call and ask about what they have in stock before I make a 45min drive.

But I'm kind of feeling from what I've read here that I'd probably be best served by having an aftermarket heatsink. I just don't want to spend that much and I want it to be well worth the cost of not using the supplied Intel heatsink.

I'll keep looking and reading to see what is best. Just wish the computer stores were closer. It cost about $13 alone just to make the round trip in my truck.
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December 3, 2009 11:56:10 PM

Definitely NOT a budget cooler but one of the best is the Thermaltake SpinQ on newegg for about $ 60 USD, if you can afford it.
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December 4, 2009 12:11:41 AM

You may find a budget solution on crazypc.com. Good luck with it.
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December 4, 2009 12:33:37 AM

That SpinQ looks like a nice cooler. But are not coolers like that heavy hanging off the motherboard? Any problem bending the motherboard or even the socket area. Would be great if my motherboard layed flat. Are those things heavy? Or beyond what a motherboard manufacture would recommend for stress on a board?

Jack, that first link is for the 1366 not 1156. Are they compatible? It seems that 1156 coolers are not that common. And I already have a PSU, but that is a good link of info to check out. Thanks!
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December 4, 2009 2:10:46 AM

The SpinQ should not be too heavy if you have all of the MB stand offs in place and secured. Go to newegg and read the reviews for it, you'll get a better feel for what it is and can do. Good luck.
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a b K Overclocking
December 4, 2009 3:53:37 AM

We've got two Fry's electronic stores here in Phoenix, Arizona. I visit them on a regular basis. Their selection of cpu heatsinks is not the greatest. This year they have been keeping inventories low to reduce costs during the economic downturn. However, I went to Fry's very early last Saturday to avoid the crowds looking for Christmas bargains. They had stuff everywhere but it wasn't what I wanted or needed. I do much better shopping online where the prices are usually lower.

BTW - I recommend FrostyTech.com because it is a very good web site full of cpu heatsink reviews that include actual test results. The web sites the other skeleton face (Jack) mentioned are also good sources of useful information that will help a consumer make an informed buying decision. I cut and paste because we get the same questions over and over. It beats the heck out of typing.
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December 4, 2009 9:05:04 PM




Very informative page. Thanks!
I'll definately be replacing the stock one. I had to push pretty hard to get them all to snap in. I had to do this with the motherboard mounted in the case. I don't know how you could do it otherwise. But I remove the mother board to inspect the push pins and all looked fine, one just ever so slightly not as far in at the others. But yes, a pretty shoddy system for the long haul. Plastic does not maintain its shape and I can only see a system like this changing tension over time.
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a b K Overclocking
December 5, 2009 8:21:16 AM

best budget 1156 cooler is the cooler master hyper 212 plus
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December 5, 2009 3:39:36 PM

> I'll definitely be replacing the stock one.
> I had to push pretty hard to get them all to snap in.


If you watch very carefully as Ryan Shrout
installs the push pins on his Thermalright MUX-120 HSF:
http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=593
[this one has a backing plate, however! the video show push pins)
... you'll see how Ryan also has to struggle a bit
to get them seated, and Ryan is an IT expert --
he is the Founder of PC Perspective:

http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=824
(right after 05:55 on the progress bar)


> best budget 1156 cooler is the cooler master hyper 212 plus

Ditto that comment!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?product_id=...
(lots of reviews at the "Reviews" tab)


p.s. We've really come to admire Cooler Master
for their many practical engineering solutions.
They do listen to their customers (what a concept!)


MRFS
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December 5, 2009 4:26:08 PM

MRFS said:
Yep! This one is currently OUT OF STOCK at Newegg
(that's a very good sign):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


MRFS


Looks a lot like the Xiggy S1283, which is a fantastic cooler. I wonder how they compare.

I would normally STRONGLY suggest the Xigmatek S1283. However, their newer "Dark Knight" version of this cooler only supports socket 775 and socket 1366. So you'd have to order the 1156 bracket for it (which I did). I'm using the original HDT-S1283 version and it does a very good job on my i5.

I'm pusing 1.32V on my i5 and running 4Ghz stable. My hottest core with Prime95 running several minutes hits the thermal limit of 72C. However, I've got two other cores that only hit 66C. So I think I need to reapply my AS5 and reseat my cooler.
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December 5, 2009 5:25:35 PM

I am a Xigmatek fan,maybe fan-boy because i own now only Xigmatek's ,2 of them.But only HDT SD-964 that i use on this machine is a budget heatsink,it cost me 25Euros. XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 cost me 40 Euros that i use on my video editing dedicated machine.Is a cheap hi-quality heatsink,but not a budget one.
Yep!... they are really great.
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December 8, 2009 10:21:44 PM

http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=241...

Read the review of this one over at newegg. Lots of reviews, mostly good.

However one comment was that it was tall and that it barely fit in an 8" wide case. My Antec 300 case is exactly 8" wide on the outside. Anyone here have this in this case?
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December 9, 2009 12:30:53 AM

There is a new version of the SD1283 called the Balder on Xigmatech's website which has LGA1156 socket compatibility.

I can't find it on newegg though. But isn't the mirror finish prudy?
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December 11, 2009 7:55:12 AM

For a cheap i5 cooler i would say the CM 212 hyper plus $29.99 shipped from newegg. My i5 OCed to 3.4 idles @ aroung 22C-28C and gets up to 53C when doing intel burn test.
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