Hi, I just recently acquired an i7-870, and I am using the stock heatsink. During prime95, my cpu tops out at about 90c, and I think this is quite a bit too high, so I want a new cooler.
I'm not too concerned about noise, but I'd prefer if the cooler wasn't gargantuan sized. I am also on a budget of $45 or less. I don't really want to take my motherboard out, so something with the push pins is a plus.
I do not plan on overclocking, I just want something to keep it from going over 70/75c in prime95.
Did you use a thermal compound or just the material what came in the stock heat sink??? that TIM S**KS.......... change it to any good Thermal Interface Material and you could see a good drop with the stock cooler..........
As far as coolers are concerned ignore all and go for a hyper 212 plus (yeah needs mobo removal)... but u gotta sacrifice something in return for longterm comfort..........
If you are still want push pins (which i again dont recommend) then go for the below
Seriously, he needs to determine if its case airflow or the cooler before taking the next step. If you get a nice air cooler, it still might not do much better if you have low case air flow. No CPU should see temps like that unless its choking on no air or there is a problem with the mounting of the cooler.