Hi, I am currently running a Phenom 955 proc in a semi budget build.
Since I was trying to save money, I am using the stock heat sink (i know, I know) with AS5 replacing stock thermal pad.
Currently I have the CPU undervolted by -0.05v and have it at 3.4GHZ. With this and my Raid max Smilodon case, I typically run 33-34 idle and 45-50C while gaming.
Keeping my CPU undervolted and only slightly OCed seems like a waste of a black edition cpu, so I was thinking of going water for cooling (to also reduce the noise from the banshee that the stock cooler is).
How much more performance am I looking at gaining if I dont want my thermal going past what I have atm if I install the H50?
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the h50 is a waste of money, there are better performing air cooler out there.
For around 30 USD you can get a hyper 212. That will give you plenty of cooling for a moderate (around 25 to 30 percent) overclock.
what about noise and clearance? and ease of installation?
I want something that is a good deal quiter than my current fan.