AMD 965 140w +50c is not cool...

I purchased the AMD 965 140w cpu in Nov 2009 and have been running games like MW2, UT3, & Crysis...when i first hooked up the cpu w/ Stock heatsink/fan I could not get below 50c...its just awful, but it never crashed or gave me worries of doing so until 965's lil bro the 630 propus is holding down the rig till a new one comes in the mail.. :(

I just upgraded my video card from 2x 4670's in crossfire to a single everyone knows the 48xx's run nice n toasty...which is the likly cause of extra heat...I'd love to add the (x2 the future)but will wait till i can keep this baby running cool.

Overview of my AMD rig:
CPU - AMD 965 140w C2
HAF932 Full tower (3x, 230mm Fans) + (1x 140mm)
MSI 790FX-GD70 full ATX
G-Skill Ripjaw 4gb (2x2gb) DDR3 1600 PC3 12800 (7-8-7-24)
2x WD Caviar Black 640 HDD's Win7 mirrored
2x 1TB Seagate HDD's
Rosewill Xtreme Series RX950-D-B 950W PSU

I'm searching for the best cooler for overclocking to about 3.8/3.9 Ghz ..budget/pricing ..awesome air cooler up to $80, TEC $90-$100, or liquid cooling >$140
I'm hoping to find something with little to no maintenance needed, which is why I've stuck with air cooling (plus its usually cheaper). A buddy of mine has the UltraChillTec (ULT33186)...which works great, but its heavy, expensive, and i'd be worried about condensation...

My intel setup is an E8400 dual core w/ ZALMAN 9500A-LED 92mm, in a CM Storm Scout, w/ DDR2 800 (5-5-5-15) w/ the 4670's in crossfire & that runs stable at 3.8ghz

What i'm looking at so far (for the AMD 965):
3Rsystem Iceage 120 Boss II
Tuniq T-120 EXTREME LED or Silent
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm
CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50-1 120mm
Noctua NH-D14 or NH-U12P SE2 (bit pricy)
CM Aquagate

Any thoughts?
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  1. coolermaster hyper 212 plus in push pull config.
  2. wow, the hyper212 is surprisingly cheap, plus i see some reviews with 965's with 40-45c under full load- very nice, I may just get this for the 630 propus and try it on the 965 when it gets back from AMD... thx:)
    Though I'm still looking at getting something with higher OC room & ambient temps around 20's to low 30's.
  3. Best answer
    Here is a link to a recent Tom's Hardware article with useful information about 10 popular cpu heatsinks:,2535.html

    I know the article states Intel LGA 1156 heatsinks but just about all of them are also compatible with Intel LGA 1366 cpu's and soem come with adapter brackets for AMD systems.

    Here is a link to a very good web site with more useful information about cpu heatsinks that will help you make an informed decision:

    You can use the Google embedded search feature at the web site to find more information about heatsinks for specific cpu sockets.
  4. Here is the fan and heatsink I use on my Phenom2 940 @3.8.

    It idles at 29C in a 24C(75f) room
    all of that in a Cooler Master 690

    hope that helps.
  5. Mugen 2 @ $40.00 is looking to be my best bet for now, at $40 -Half the price of the Noctua NH-D14, but only slightly higher temp results. For 40 less, I can test it out with some premium thermal paste and an extra custum fan- if it doesn't work out, it can go to my propus 630 (which is also currently on stock, but already idles at 26c)

    Anyone tried the Corsair H50 on a 125-140w CPU?

    mugen2 only a few c higher than the the NH-D14 design tho.. but I'm going for performance over looks right now.
  6. im getting 32c on idle and 50c on max load on my 965c3
  7. Best answer selected by mikteafool.
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