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August 18, 2010 3:47:06 AM

Hey everyone, I recently purchased parts to build a new computer and was wondering if I definitley need a heatsink? Will the stock fans do the job? At the moment I only plan on OCing a little, nothing outrageous and I may crossfire two 5770's later but right now I dont care too much for the newest pc games. Anyways if I do need one which should I get? I want to pay around $30 or less and get the best bang for my buck. Thanks oh and here are my specs

phenom ii x4 955 BE
4gb gskill ripjaws
1TB samsung spinpoint
650w corsair
asus 890fx pro mobo
sapphire hd 5770 1gb

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a b K Overclocking
August 18, 2010 8:49:27 AM

Most people that buy a X4 955 do so along with a third-party cooler. The stock heatsink will do the job just fine at stock speeds, but if you want it to be quieter or to be able to overclock then yes.. get a better cooler too.
August 18, 2010 9:03:17 AM

If you're planning on sticking to $30 or less, pretty much any 3rd-party cooler for that price is going to do a decent job. When I purchased my 955BE, I did a ton of research on sub-$30 aftermarket coolers and finally went with a Gigabyte cooler.

From personal experience, I would suggest avoiding Thermaltake coolers; they under-perform, they're poorly built and they're damn ugly. That's just my opinion ;) .
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a c 186 K Overclocking
August 18, 2010 12:55:09 PM

You can fit any 160mm tall tower cooler you like.
Your best bet is to go with a CM Hyper 212+ it offers the best price/performance ratio.
Look around it can found for $30.It can be a tough find though due to its popularity.
I'll list some others worth considering.
Zalman CNPS10X Performa
Coolermaster RR-910-HTX3

August 18, 2010 3:28:57 PM

thanks! I would go with the 212+ but I can't find anywhere where its not back ordered...
August 18, 2010 3:44:42 PM

btw i can get the coller master htx3 for $23 with shipping, do that? or should i wait for the 212+ to become available?
August 18, 2010 6:15:28 PM

only problem is with shippin its around 32.. is that still worth it?
a c 186 K Overclocking
August 18, 2010 6:31:17 PM

cpark90 said:
only problem is with shippin its around 32.. is that still worth it?

Yes of course it's worth $32 you'll be hard pressed to find a better cooler at that price.
I don't know of any personally.It's hard to get right now and when they were plentiful they cost $30 shipping included.
Is $2 a deal breaker for you?
August 18, 2010 7:05:32 PM

thanks! i ended up just going for it, now all i need is a wireless card... lol
a b K Overclocking
August 24, 2010 10:31:01 PM

And your temps were... :]
August 25, 2010 2:25:06 AM

the stupid company sent the wrong thing! so i'm still waitin for it...