hey everyone, im in the middle of selecting different components for an i3-530 based gaming rig, but now its time to select a better cooler than stock.
Im probably not going to be overclocking this thing to the max so im not looking to spend TOO much money. the scythe mugen-2 revision B looked like a good buy off of one of the toms reviews but its not available on newegg anymore.
so, any ideas on what a good value cooler would be?
quiet (compared to stock)
better than stock cooling - basically any cooler out there
thanks a bunch! reviews are fine for the temps and stuff but when they talk about noise its all rated in decibels and im not sure how high the decibels are before the noise starts to get obnoxious.
I just put one of the cooler master hyper 212+ on my 775 board, dropped the temps 5-7C from the old Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro (old style). Shop around, I paid about $27 w/free shipping from ewiz.com.
Forget Frostytech, their tests are not accurate because they use the same thermal paste on all the heatsinkfans they test. This negates any advantage a particular manufacturer may have using a certain type of paste for a certain type of contact pad.
If you notice their tests do not jive with other sites/magazines tests. For instance, Maximum PC rates the hyper 212+ as the best fan they have ever tested. Yet it fails to even make the top 10 on Frostytech. Why? Because the thermal paste they include is designed to work best on the exposed heatpipe design of the 212+. However Frostytech does not use it.
Hyper 212+ for $29 can't be beat.
Hey I just ordered a Sunbeam 120mm heatsink/fan. It will come with their own thermal paste, but I have also ordered arctive 5. Would it be wise for me to use the stock sunbeam thermal paste instead of the arctic 5?
Just installed my sunbeam ccf 120mm. Dropped my temperature from 63celsius to 52celsius in prime95 running 4cores @100%
becareful with this heatsink though. If you have tall ram chips then you can only install it with the fan Pulling air toward the rear exhaust since if you install the fan on the otherside it will hit the ram chips if the ram is tall. I have Gskill ripjaw ram.
This fan was only $30.00 with free shipping newegg. It also comes with $15 mail in rebate so it's less than $20.00 with tax.