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CPU Cooling Help (Please)

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July 20, 2009 2:47:46 PM

Hey all,
So I have a Phenom II X3 processor on an Asus M4A78-EM MB. I am trying to find a CPU fan/heatsink that will keep the temps down as I start my overclocking adventures. Unfortunately I don't know which is the right socket type to be looking at. Anyone mind tossing me a bone, oh and space is a concern since I have a micro tower. So any help woul dbe greatly appreciated.

My rig:
ASUS M4A78-EM AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Antec Mini P180 Black Steel MicroATX

HIS H485QS1GP Radeon HD 4850 1GB

OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready Active PFC

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black

Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA

SAMSUNG HD502HI 500GB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)


These are the heatsinks that I am currently looking at but can't make the leap to pick one out:

ZALMAN CNPS9900LED 120mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve

Thanks again.

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July 20, 2009 3:56:05 PM

i am using Tt V2. my CPU is core 2 quad 6700 slightly overclocked @ 333MHz*10.
the room temp is above 30℃, the temp of cpu is 41℃ according to EVEREST Ultimate Edition. personally i think Tt V2 is very good.
By the way, i am a student living in the PRC(the People's Republic of China).i hope Tt V2 is available in your district.
forgive my spelling and grammar mistakes if there is any.
July 20, 2009 4:01:17 PM

LGA775 ,LGA1366, AM2, AM2+ and AM3 CPUs are all supported by Tt V2

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July 20, 2009 6:37:25 PM

I'd go with the Scythe Mugen II, it cools great. I've read bad reviews on the CNPS9900, and i never really liked those Zalman CPU coolers.