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Which CPU cooler for 50-100$?

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August 4, 2010 2:13:17 PM

Hello,
My current system is:
P5Q Mobo
Q6600 @ Stock clock
8800 GTS 640mb
8 GB Fatal1ty ram (800mhz?)
crappy stock PSU (350watts, maybe 400)
stock Q6600 CPU Fan
3 x Hard drives
1 x dvd Drive

I've been having problems getting a stable overclock on my Q6600 even at 3.2, I think it's mainly to do with the fact that I don't have enough power from the PSU, so I'm ordering an OCZ 600 Watt PSU, now I realized I kind of want to push my Q6600 a bit more and get it to 3.6 ghz at least.

So I'm trying to decide on the best deal on aftermarket CPU Coolers. Any recommendations?

I'm open to watercooling or air, water cooling would be neat just because I've never had it before, but like I said I'm not going to spend more than 100$ and I heard water cooling systems like the H50 can be surpassed by air cooling for the same price.

Any help would be much appreciated!

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August 4, 2010 3:00:34 PM

Heyas, you should be able to get 3.6 without having to worry too much about temps with even some of the "older" heatsinks. It seems most of the modern cooler capabilities are aimed at being able to tame the i7 OC heat.

I have a Noctua NH-U12P SE2 keeping my i7-920 OC to 4.0 nice and cool. Amazing quality all the way around.. heatsink, fans, thermal paste.. it's the complete kit, I'd definately recommend it. You can pick one up for about $65 shipping included from amazon, http://www.amazon.com/Noctua-NH-U12P-SE2-120mm-Cooler/d...

Personally, I like the look of the new Cooler Master V6GT.. it looks like it's getting pretty good reviews right off the bat, looks pretty cool too.. price sits right around $65-70 plus shipping.
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August 4, 2010 3:18:56 PM

Thanks for the advice!
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August 4, 2010 3:27:19 PM

Also, didn't want to open a new topic but do you guys think a 600 Watt OCZ PSU is enough power for moderate to high overclocking? I have a lot of things needing power, I don't want to dish out 60$ and than realize I didn't get enough watts!
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August 4, 2010 3:33:22 PM

should be plenty is your gpu is an 8800
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August 4, 2010 3:37:12 PM

jrhii said:
should be plenty is your gpu is an 8800


Yes it is an 8800, I plan on upgrading eventually but I think this 600 Watt is the best deal I'm going to get for awhile
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August 4, 2010 3:57:57 PM

and even if you upgrade, unless you do sli/crossfire, you will be in a good comfort zone of having plenty of power
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August 4, 2010 4:04:53 PM

The 600w OCZ PSU should be plenty for your needs right now, the price is right, especially if you manage to get the rebate, but I'd never buy something based on the rebate..

I'm actually helping my brother put together a new build and we're gonna use a Kingwin LZG-700w. The LZG series just came out recently and looks promising. It's modular and is 80 plus gold certified, meaning it's extremely efficient. It's selling for nearly half price on newegg right now for $89.99 (originally $169.99), seems like a steal of a deal, we're hopefully gonna buy one tomorrow.

I'm not saying you should buy one, but it wouldn't hurt to have a little extra headroom, especially if you ever plan to upgrade further in the future. To be honest, I had never heard of Kingwin until a few days ago, but they look like they have a pretty decent track record.
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