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October 1, 2010 1:10:59 AM

I have an i7 930 CPU with intel default CPU cooler. but this default cooler is pretty noise. so what's the best CPU cooler I should buy to replace the Intel one. my motherboard is Sabertooth X58. my case only has a 90mm backfan. so I can't select any 120mm water cooler I guess. I don't want to remove the motherboard to install new cooler so who has any idea what's the best cooler I should look into it. I do notice some cooler requires to take off the mother board for the installation. I like low noise cooler. suggestion will be appreciated.

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October 2, 2010 4:19:33 PM

I would go with this guy in your situation: http://www.coolitsystems.com/index.php/en/eco-c92.html
worth a look anyway
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October 2, 2010 7:18:25 PM

A cooler master hyper 212 + may be an option -
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October 2, 2010 7:38:22 PM

+1 on the Hyper 212+. If you live near a Microcenter, you can buy it for $23.

@curiousyo: Absolutely NOT. The CoolIt is cr@p. It s NOT real water cooling. A Corsair H70 is a better choice than that for the price.

@OP: Pick any of the top ones here: http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm

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I don't want to remove the motherboard to install new cooler so who has any idea what's the best cooler I should look into it.

Don't be lazy. :p  Anyways, on most good cases, you should have access to the back of the CPU socket via a cut out in the motherboard tray.

Also, are you SURE it's the CPU cooler making the noise and NOT the case fans? Intel stock fans are some of the quietest fans out there.
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October 3, 2010 2:26:47 AM

Knowing what case and ram model would be most helpful when suggesting a product.
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October 4, 2010 7:55:07 AM

Do you plan to overclock it???? What RAM do you use???? Do you have a budget in mind????? What case do you have (for height clearance)????? there are plenty of choices but you have to list these out for anybody to give you a sound suggestion......
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October 4, 2010 5:59:01 PM

Cool it eco is makes way less noise than any aircooling on the market.

Cool it eco temps are just plain awesome.

If you have the money gor for it.

If you don't : Hyper 212+.
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October 4, 2010 6:03:58 PM

1 more down for cool it eco
bad cooler
if you have money go for promilatech megahalems
no? hyper 212
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October 4, 2010 6:07:55 PM

bad cooler ?

It beat my promilatech megahalems by 2 degrees in push pull configuration .

It's much more quiet than the pro meg
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October 5, 2010 12:22:49 AM

^ Umm.... http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/coolit_eco/4.ht...
The ALC was beaten by most of the air coolers in tests (esp. in the OCed load test).

One more down for the ALC it's not good price vs performance. Btw, do note that these were with the stock config for the ALC.

@OP: Also consider the Xigmatek S1283. About the same performance as the 212+.

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The OP's gone.
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October 5, 2010 1:48:24 PM

no way it beat ur meghalems
it's also like 30 bucks more
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October 5, 2010 3:59:16 PM

^ Yes, the H50 will beat a Mega with 2x fans in push pull. But yeah, the extra cost is not worth it.
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October 5, 2010 5:41:54 PM

I have push pull ... It's much quiter and the tubing inside the case looks awesome.

I have enough space to put my ram fan and I can now actually fill up all my ram slots.
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October 5, 2010 6:14:27 PM

the eco "looks awesome"
i can use all ram spots with the mega also
with that money i'd get a corsair H70 or half an actual liquid cooling loop
what temps are you getting with the eco abswindows?
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October 6, 2010 12:20:31 AM

4.0ghz idle 30 high 55
3.6ghz idle 23 high 42
i5 750 100% stable
room temp 20

Ultra quiet :) 
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October 6, 2010 12:23:27 AM

I don't know much about water cooling and it looked just the right way to go.

Water cooling is way more than 200$ btw ...
I searched a little and a good cooling options can go up to 500-600$ ...

And lucky as I am something would break and all my components would be dead xD
I might put my computer under water next year or so, anyone have a good tutorials ?
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October 6, 2010 1:27:44 AM

^ For a FULL WCing loop with the GPUs,etc and top of the line WCing will be $500-600 easily, esp. if going with full cover blocks.

For a SINGLE CPU WCing loop using mid range stuff and a 220/360, $200-250. $300-350 if using high end stuff (ie, XT or HF instead of GTZ,HK 3.0,etc).

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I might put my computer under water next year or so, anyone have a good tutorials ?

Start here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/256607-29-watercoolin...
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October 13, 2010 5:14:32 PM

thanks all suggestion, I don't have budget limit if it meets my requirement . I may need OC later but not now since i7 930 is way too fast for todays application. I have DDR31600Mhz memory but I use them at 1033Mhz to save energy. Don't remove motherboard is a must requirement.

1. reliable
2. low noise
3. better cooling than Intel stock cooler
4. don't need remove motherboard which I can't access from back i think.
5. price

order is priority from high to low.
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October 14, 2010 7:16:25 PM

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Don't remove motherboard is a must requirement.

WHY?!?!?

Pretty much any good cooler with a back plate would require you to remove the board.
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October 19, 2010 3:49:23 PM

Here is a CPU cooler which is (in no order of importance or significance)

1. Low price

2. Easy to install, dont need to remove motherboard

3. Effective, really decent cooling for its price (imho the best budget cooler there is, I OC'ed my q6600 from 2.4 --> 3.4 using this cooler, underload its at 65 Degrees max, Idle is about 38-40)

4. Quiet, (if you dont OC, if you OC slightly at 60% fan speed its still relatively quite)

5. WAY better cooling than intel stock cooler

6. Fits both 775 and 1156 sockets (does not support 1366) as well as AMD sockets

7. Comes with decent thermal paste (not as good as AS5 tho)

8. You can add another fan, thus u can increase cooling, with out increasing noise too much.

Thats all i can think of for now, the cooler is the coolermaster Hyper TX3, I bought mine for 30 AUD a while ago, I believe If oyour from US, you can get it even cheaper.

Here is a great review on the cooler:

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/coolermaster_hy...

enjoy!



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October 19, 2010 6:43:00 PM

donedoknow said:
Fits both 775 and 1156 sockets (does not support 1366)


He's running an i7 930, but good find though.
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October 26, 2010 4:38:46 PM

donedoknow said:
Here is a CPU cooler which is (in no order of importance or significance)

1. Low price

2. Easy to install, dont need to remove motherboard

3. Effective, really decent cooling for its price (imho the best budget cooler there is, I OC'ed my q6600 from 2.4 --> 3.4 using this cooler, underload its at 65 Degrees max, Idle is about 38-40)

4. Quiet, (if you dont OC, if you OC slightly at 60% fan speed its still relatively quite)

5. WAY better cooling than intel stock cooler

6. Fits both 775 and 1156 sockets (does not support 1366) as well as AMD sockets

7. Comes with decent thermal paste (not as good as AS5 tho)

8. You can add another fan, thus u can increase cooling, with out increasing noise too much.

Thats all i can think of for now, the cooler is the coolermaster Hyper TX3, I bought mine for 30 AUD a while ago, I believe If oyour from US, you can get it even cheaper.

Here is a great review on the cooler:

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/coolermaster_hy...

enjoy!


nice cooler, it is very close to my requirement. but ya I just need a similar one for i7.
my case is http://www.frys.com/product/6372731 In Win Griffin Yellow ATX Gaming Case. this case made with super good quality by only $45. no screws required to install anything.
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November 8, 2010 3:03:41 PM

Best answer selected by yanje03.
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