Best Bang for your Buck Heatsink or Liquid Cooling?

So i'm intrested in overclocking my phenom ii 965BE but i need a new cooler.So here is my question i ask to you guys...
What would be the best bang for your buck heatsink i could get with $90.
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  1. ortoklaz said:


    My board is AM3 but they have a AM2 bracket on it.
  2. AM2 or AM3 it still should be compatible (same bracket) ,I'm not heatsink expert ,maybe some other guys can help and comment on it
    I know that Scythe Mugen 2 is good and cheaper
  3. Corsair H70 Water cool unit. It's very simple to install and self contained, no mess with filling anything, priming pumps, etc. etc. I'm running a QX9770 @ 4 Ghz without a single problem -- Prime95, OCCT, 3DVantage, etc. etc. - rock solid results with 1600Mhz bus. It's about $100 for the H70.

    I've done many cooling methods over the years with some of the very earliest Koolance water cooling systems to my own dual pump home brew TEC setup, but the complexity and heat those systems produced (dual power supplies etc. etc.) it just wasn't worth it for a 200-400 Mhz CPU increase over what I run with the H70.

    One of the MOST important aspects of the H70 (and why I think it's very superior to any prior method I used) is how the CPU block is attached to the CPU. The H70 distributes the pressure over many many more contact points providing a very solid and even distribution. I think this is why the H70 does so well for such a low cost solution.
  4. I was looking at the H70 as i myself have a no-name brand H50.But the H70 is still a little high in terms of price.
  5. ortoklaz said:
    AM2 or AM3 it still should be compatible (same bracket) ,I'm not heatsink expert ,maybe some other guys can help and comment on it
    I know that Scythe Mugen 2 is good and cheaper


    Backplates / mounts are the same for am2, am2+ and am3.
  6. just look for the Xigmatek Aiger best AirCPUcooler ever made
  7. re-play- said:
    just look for the Xigmatek Aiger best AirCPUcooler ever made


    It's Aegir 4 pipes vs. 5 on Mugen
  8. I just read a review on the Xigmatek Aegir and it looks really good,air flow is phenominal, priced only at$60-$70 which is right up my alley.

    Where could i find one? I don't see any on newegg.com

    EDIT:I did find one on newegg but it has no picture and it is priced at $80.

    Is it better than liquid cooling? or would a liquid cooling system perform better for the same price?
  9. purple stank said:
    I just read a review on the Xigmatek Aegir and it looks really good,air flow is phenominal, priced only at$60-$70 which is right up my alley.

    Where could i find one? I don't see any on newegg.com

    EDIT:I did find one on newegg but it has no picture and it is priced at $80.

    Is it better than liquid cooling? or would a liquid cooling system perform better for the same price?


    its new maybe havent arrived yet to newegg, i think its better than a liquid cooling
    in long term because u dont have to buy coolant :)
  10. re-play- said:
    its new maybe havent arrived yet to newegg, i think its better than a liquid cooling
    in long term because u dont have to buy coolant :)


    man ..you just made my day :lol:
  11. Is it good for overclocking a phenom ii965BE to around 4.0GHZ(is my goal)

    Cause i mean at that price i might as well pay $10 more for a Noctua NH-D14,they seem to be the best i've heard,do you know how they compare?Btw i am trying to keep the budget below $70.

    Noctua NH-D14

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018
  12. purple stank said:
    Is it good for overclocking a phenom ii965BE to around 4.0GHZ(is my goal)

    Cause i mean at that price i might as well pay $10 more for a Noctua NH-D14,they seem to be the best i've heard,do you know how they compare?Btw i am trying to keep the budget below $70.

    Noctua NH-D14

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018


    If you can fit this thing in your case I would say go for it,make sure is going to clear the RAM
    http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=compatibility_gen&products_id=34&lng=en
  13. My mobo is on the list and if i have to i can move my 2 sticks of ram over to the other 2 slots away from it.

    But i was trying to make a point,the heatsink he reccomened is $10 cheaper than the Noctua NH-D14,so i don't see why you wouldn't spend $10 more dollars for that.
    Still trying to keep my budget below $70,i'm still searching for the bang for buck deal.
  14. the Scythe Mugen 2 in previous post is cheaper
    http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=buy+Scythe+Mugen+2&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=11272092000892312206&ei=5ccDTZ_vJIinnQfHnOzlDQ&sa=X&oi=product_catalog_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CDIQ8wIwAg#
    but if you looking to hit 4.0 you would need high end heatsink and they don't come cheap

    Please read the links i provided you in the other thread about overclocking and then some
  15. I reached 3.7(but it overheated) without using the HT multiplyer so i think it could be done withought uping the voltage.
    I will look into it.
  16. you can't go wrong with Hyper 212 Plus it was on sale for like 15~30$
  17. ortoklaz said:
    you can't go wrong with Hyper 212 Plus it was on sale for like 15~30$


    that cooler is UGLY, how can u compare that with Sigmatek http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfI8bFH0yc8
  18. purple stank said:
    My mobo is on the list and if i have to i can move my 2 sticks of ram over to the other 2 slots away from it.

    But i was trying to make a point,the heatsink he reccomened is $10 cheaper than the Noctua NH-D14,so i don't see why you wouldn't spend $10 more dollars for that.
    Still trying to keep my budget below $70,i'm still searching for the bang for buck deal.


    the noctua could brake your mobo to huge lol
  19. Quote:
    I reached 3.7(but it overheated) without using the HT multiplyer so i think it could be done withought uping the voltage.
    I will look into it


    How are you sure it overheated and shut down? I'd be willing to bet it was unstable and shut down. Overclocking failures are rarely due to heat; 99% of the time OC failures are due to hardware limitations (chip just can't go that high, RAM isn't allowing FSB clocks, etc) or that you have voltages incorrect for the clocks you are pushing either on the CPU or on the FSB...depending on how your board clocks.
  20. temps reach 65c under a load when i'm just gaming,although i wasn't looking at the temp when it shutdown i could only guess that it was very high(i was using the auto clock tool within AMD Overdrive when that happened)

    I have read many,many reviews of people successfully O.C.ing the 965 to 3.9ghz and some with very good coolers have reached 4.0ghz
  21. Auto clock in Overdrive will shut your system down. When you restart/ reopen AMD OD, the last "good" o.c. level will be displayed in "auto-clock".
    Not a good way to O.C., but the readings will give you an idea of where you can start with bios settings.
    By the way, check out Cooler Master N520. Fits in a small tower.
  22. Just because other people have reached those clocks, doesn't necessarily mean you will, too. Hardware is different, and depending on the system as a whole, you might have completely different results.

    Considering you were using GUI based tools to clock your CPU/board, i'd say that is part of your problem. All good, solid OC's come from BIOS clocking, testing and setting values.
  23. rubix_1011 said:
    Just because other people have reached those clocks, doesn't necessarily mean you will, too. Hardware is different, and depending on the system as a whole, you might have completely different results.

    Considering you were using GUI based tools to clock your CPU/board, i'd say that is part of your problem. All good, solid OC's come from BIOS clocking, testing and setting values.


    Yes bios clocking is the way to go but there is more than one advantage of using AMD Overdrive;
    This program was created buy the experts in overclocking field ,it's very simple to use..all you have to do is bump the multiplier or voltage and all the other settings(HT ref./mem voltage/NB-SB ,..)will be adjusted automatically for you
    The biggest advantage is to be able to boot and if you set your setting wrong it will pic up last stable clock,it's pretty much dummy proof
  24. I know that ASUS and EVGA have both tried this, and its hit or miss.
  25. I have use this utility in the past and it's a good one
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