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What is the best cpu cooler for mild to higher overclocking?

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January 13, 2011 5:21:50 PM

Hello,
I have an Athlon ll X4 proc which is factory shipped at 2.9ghz. What is the best Cpu cooler to easily put it past 3.4-3.6ghz? Keep in mind I only have a budget of around 65-80 dollars and do not want watercooling just yet. Thanks in advance
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January 13, 2011 5:24:16 PM

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus is VERY nice for the price Prolimatech Megahelms is a nice one too
January 14, 2011 1:19:22 AM

Might be a good time to evaluate you memory especially if you have taller profile mem stick with heatspreaders to clear the CPU cooler heatsink fan
The Cooler Master Hyper 212 about 30 dollars
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 45.00 newegg got a rebate so check it out
Thermaltake Frio about 55.00
Prolimatech Megahelms 62.00 plus you are going to need some fans
Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B about 80.00 but check it out you are likely NOT to have any of the memory / heatsink clearance issues that some have with taller profile memory sticks
the self contained Corsair hydro series like the H70 hydro will also clear but a bit pricey .& may be an option until you decide to get into H2O cooling

might as well get some really good thermal paste while you are at it
might as well evaluate your case fans for possible upgrades this way you can avoid other shipping charges

Note: you will have an affordable 3rd party cooler that you could use another time either Intel or AMD

hope this helps
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January 14, 2011 1:53:46 AM

lol my cuzin had that cpu it will only go to 3.5 no furth (at least for msot people) and he had no problem with temps on the stock heat sink that came with it
January 21, 2011 3:00:54 AM

rrplay said:
Might be a good time to evaluate you memory especially if you have taller profile mem stick with heatspreaders to clear the CPU cooler heatsink fan
The Cooler Master Hyper 212 about 30 dollars
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 45.00 newegg got a rebate so check it out
Thermaltake Frio about 55.00
Prolimatech Megahelms 62.00 plus you are going to need some fans
Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B about 80.00 but check it out you are likely NOT to have any of the memory / heatsink clearance issues that some have with taller profile memory sticks
the self contained Corsair hydro series like the H70 hydro will also clear but a bit pricey .& may be an option until you decide to get into H2O cooling

might as well get some really good thermal paste while you are at it
might as well evaluate your case fans for possible upgrades this way you can avoid other shipping charges

Note: you will have an affordable 3rd party cooler that you could use another time either Intel or AMD

hope this helps

Ok thanks for the Info guys. I got Thermaltakes Frio and have achieved a 3.7ghz clock speep with this cooler and am using the thermal paste supplied with it for now. Next question. I'm in the Market for a DDR2, Crossfire socket AM3 mobo for under a hundred bucks :D  (DDR2 is still cheaper than DDR3
January 21, 2011 9:53:35 AM

Wraith1213 said:
Ok thanks for the Info guys. I got Thermaltakes Frio and have achieved a 3.7ghz clock speep with this cooler and am using the thermal paste supplied with it for now. Next question. I'm in the Market for a DDR2, Crossfire socket AM3 mobo for under a hundred bucks :D  (DDR2 is still cheaper than DDR3



Glad to hear you got that cooler and OC good job !

Good idea to mark this thread as solved & select a best answer

Start a new thread with I'm in the Market for a DDR2, Crossfire socket AM3 mobo for under a hundred bucks something like it in title and you'l get a lot more feedback ..

here is a mobo just to get you started MSI 790XT-G45 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

also look for GigaByte GA-MA790X-UD4P
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