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I should know how to do this but don't AM3 CPU Heatsink and fan help

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July 21, 2010 8:53:57 PM

Hello I am pretty "green" when it comes to buying hardware. I am in the market for a new heatsink and fan for my AMD 955 BE. I currently have an Asetek 120 MM LCLC system on it and would like to change to a great air system since this cooler isn't meeting my specs that well. currently I have overclocked on normal voltage to 3.7ghz and my idle temps are 38 C and my gaming temps are 48- 51C playing Dragon age on max settings. I am having trouble choosing the heat sink and fan. My mobo is a GA-790XTA-UD4. and the power source is mounted on the top. my ram is currently seated in the 2 blue slots on the mobo. I am looking at a site which has some fans i am interested in and i am wondering out of the amd list which fan would best fit in my case? or if you know another great air solution I am all ears. I would like my temps to be around 31 c idle and lower to mid 40's when gaming idk if that is possible but it is worth a shot. BTW on prime 95 after 7 hours my load temps reach 60c easily. Please any help would be appreciated. The link to the site i was looking at is here http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm .
also i have a BLACK X-CRUISER 2 MID tower case.

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a b K Overclocking
July 21, 2010 9:28:24 PM

I just got the Zalman CNPS10X which is 6th for AMD on your link, I have not installed it yet but it looks like it will fit fine in any standard Mid ATX case and not get in the way of RAM.
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a c 183 K Overclocking
July 21, 2010 9:48:34 PM

A CM Hyper 212+ is more then adequate for your settings without breaking the bank.
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a b K Overclocking
July 21, 2010 10:01:55 PM

I wanted the 212+ but noone in the UK had it in stock last weekend and the Zalman was the only high end cooler under £45. I see from New egg its most likely the only component cheaper in the UK than the US.
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July 21, 2010 10:46:31 PM

davcon said:
A CM Hyper 212+ is more then adequate for your settings without breaking the bank.

Ok I will look into that cooler then would you know if it will fit ok in my case as well as on my mobo?
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July 21, 2010 10:47:32 PM

simon12 said:
I just got the Zalman CNPS10X which is 6th for AMD on your link, I have not installed it yet but it looks like it will fit fine in any standard Mid ATX case and not get in the way of RAM.

yea i was looking at that one but i am just not sure if it will fit. let me know when you install it in yours and maybe a pic? just so that i can see just how big it is exactly.
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a c 183 K Overclocking
July 21, 2010 10:57:49 PM

simon12 said:
I wanted the 212+ but noone in the UK had it in stock last weekend and the Zalman was the only high end cooler under £45. I see from New egg its most likely the only component cheaper in the UK than the US.

I live in Canada and Newegg.ca pretty much sucks as does Tigerdirect.ca.
Ncix kills both of them as does a few other retailers.
Newegg has the Hyper 212+ overpriced on all their sites.
You can buy it here for under $30 at alot of places.
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July 21, 2010 10:58:41 PM

Scythe Mugen2 Rev. B. It should support your CPU.
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July 21, 2010 11:11:27 PM

davcon said:
Don't know your case guy!
http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?product_id=...
There's also an installation video off that link.

WOW that is one big piece of hard ware haha. looking at the pictures of it installed it doesnt look like it will fit in my mid case because the psu is top mounted not bottom mounted like in the pictures.....i have a APEVIA X-CRUISER2-BK Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... found at this link and it doesnt look like it will fit.....could i be wrong?
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July 22, 2010 5:57:54 AM

So roughly what lxWxH should i be looking for with my mobo and case setup? If I have to I will upgrade the case first and then get a larger heatsink and fan but i would rather not do that if i can safely fit it in this case. This is the case I may get if I have to http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... , does this seem like a good case with enough room for a great cpu cooler? I am also planning on upgrading to the AMD X6 BE within the year.
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