I have decided that I want to buy an aftermarket cooler for my CPU and want to attempt to acheive an 3.9ghz - 4.0ghz overclock. Air cooling is the only option really as my budget does not extend so far as to allow me to water cool. I have around £35 pounds maximum to spend. So far I have looked at the Titan TTC-NK85TZ/CS2(RB) Fenrir EVO CPU Cooler. http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Fans%2C+Heats... This cooler loooks good to me but I was wondering if anybody had any other suggestions? Also, would the above cooler fit in my motherboard ok? (It's in my sig) I already know that It will fit the case as I saw in a reaviews somewhere that it does, also, do you think that I will be able to achive my above overclocking that I am aiming for. I know that they should'nt buyt the looks are important to me as I have a side pannel on my desk, but the noise level of the cooler does not really matter to me. thanks for everyones advice and opinions, Adam
The hyper 212+ is the best value and good for all but the highest overclocks. see: http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Fans,+Heatsin...
The Fenrir mat be slightly better for cooling but I would be surprised if there was a big difference. there not much else to consider in this price range.
That particular page will list the top-performing coolers for both Intel and AMD platforms. Unfortunately, they don't rate at all based on price/performance ratio, only performance. But, if you look-up their most recently reviewed HS/Fan, you can see it compared to every HS/Fan they've ever tested. Simply search the chart for any models you'd like to compare.
Oh, and your sig only says your board is a UD3H, which is simply a variant of a base model. I'll take a wild guess it's an MA785GT-UD3H, MA790GPT-UD3H, or MA890GPA-UD3H... Am I right? Not that it really matters, much.
As for fitment, many motherboards have issues with the fan of most tower coolers clearing tall RAM modules which have cooling fins, like G.Skill Ripjaws or Pi modules, or OCZ's Reaper HPC modules when they're installed in DIMM 1 and DIMM 2 slots. Moving these modules to slots 3 & 4 shouldn't cause issue, though.
I guess if you got a budget those fans are great.
If I may, I would suggest the Noctua NH-D14 CPU fan. It is a little more expensive, but its one of the best, if not the best on the market. The fan have a huge airflow while being really quiet.
I use the Zalman CNPS10X Performa with 2 Thermaltake 120mm Smart Blue LED fans (97.5 CFM each) keeps my 955BE at a nice 26-29c Idle ( been as low as 21c though lol) and 33-39c Load, very nice cooler. An atm it is $40 at newegg.