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August 21, 2010 4:07:45 AM


First, here are some parts of my soon-to-be-ordered system:

G.Skill Ripjaws 1600
Lancool PC-K58W

And here are some of the heatsinks I've looked at:

Gelid Tranquillo
Scythe Mugen 2
Sunbeam Core Contact Freezer (120mm)
Zalman Performa

I'm not looking to spend much more than $40, so if you could limit your suggestions in that regard, please. I also have to say that this will be my first build, and have ZERO experience overclocking. I don't know if there's such a thing as overkill when it comes to cooling (...right?), but will the coolers on that short list be too much if I decide to take the 955 from 3.2 to 3.5-3.7? Plus, are they too big physically?

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a b K Overclocking
August 21, 2010 9:48:20 AM

None of those i would choose to be honest. The best budget cooler is the Hyper 212+ from Cooler Master. The great thing about Newegg is its prices, but don't by the Hyper 212+ from Newegg, they over price it 25$ from everywhere else. Check Amazon or they sell it for 25-30$...

IF your worried about dBa then just get two fans that are quiet, that or if your worried about cooling add another high CFM fan on the Hyper 212+ for dual fan and it'll cool like a champ, even after the extra fan it'll run you at maybe like 35-40$ :p  Right in your budget, the stock fan is good enough to be honest.

That review shows that the Hyper 212+ remember a 25$ cooler can be compared with 50-75$ coolers :p  So you should really choose this.

Also since your a newbie XD at OCing temps do matter in a way, before my new IC7 paste i couldn't reach 3.9 stable, but now i can. So the lowered temps really helped. There is no such thing as overkill, but to a standard user, you really never need to go to water cooling =P to be honest.

Here's a AMD BE OC guide, read it and you'll understand. :D

Hope it helps.
a c 186 K Overclocking
August 21, 2010 1:10:20 PM

You can't really argue against the virtues of the 212+ for price and performance and also it's ability to fit in most mid-towers without a hassle.
It's your best bet cuz the Mugen 2 is a better cooler imo but it's huge and a PITA to install especially for first timers.
You really can't go wrong with the 212+.
August 21, 2010 4:41:33 PM

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