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Best Cooling Option for i5-750 in Antec P182 Case

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February 2, 2011 9:18:01 PM

Well, it's the last step, right?

Installing my new mobo/processor in the next few days, and just wanna make sure that I have adequate coolilng. I have an Antec P182 case (http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?Type=Mg==&i...), with some pretty good airflow that I'm quite happy with, but I'm pushing an i5-760 and a factory overclocked GTX460, and I'm sure the two are gonna start generating some heat. I'm looking so keep my CPU temp down, I can worry about the graphics card as I use it and see what temps look like.

In any case, I'm torn between the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus, and the Thermalright MUX-120, after reading the comparison article here:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/lga-1156-heatsink,2...

The main thing I'm concerned about is space (which I gather is fairly normal), since I've never installed an after-market CPU cooler before. I'm sure that I can figure out how to get it in there and connected, but I'm worried that a cooler is gonna be too big for my case (probably an idle fear, since my case is pretty humongous). Temp is more important that noise, but of course, the quieter the better.

Any helpful hints?
a c 155 K Overclocking
February 3, 2011 2:47:03 AM

Here's the top 20+ coolers (over 100 compared in tests). I have modified the list to include their heights. I'd grab one of the 1st 3 in the 1st tier.....that is subject to one thing. You don't mention anything about overclocking. If ya not gonna do it, then no need for anything but the stock cooler.

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

Top Performers (1st tier)

* Prolimatech Megahalems (159mm)
* Thermalright Venomous-X RT (160mm)
* Scythe Mugen 2 SCMG-2100 (159mm)

* ProlimaTech Super Mega (159mm)
* Cogage Arrow (160mm)
* ProlimaTech Armageddon (160mm)
* Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme (161mm)
* Cogage TRUE Spirit (164mm)
* Xigmatek Balder SD1283 (160mm)
* SilenX Effizio EFZ-120HA4 (153mm)
* Titan FENRIR TTC-NK85TZ (156mm)

Highly Recommended (2nd tier)

* Noctua NH-D14 (158mm)
* Zalman CNPS10X-Performa (152mm)
* Coolink Corator-DS Heatsink (155mm)
* CoolAge CA-X120TF Wind Tunnel (155mm)
* Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme (151mm)
* Thermolab BARAM (160mm)
* Xigmatek Thor's Hammer S126384 (160mm)
* Scythe Yasya SCYS-1000 Cooler (159mm)
* Noctua NH-U12P (158mm)
* Cooler Master V6 GT Heatsink (165mm)
* Thermaltake Contac-29 CLP0568 (160mm)
* Zalman CNPS10X-Quiet (160mm)

The Megahalems about the easiest I have ever installed. If budget is an issue, the Scyth Mugen 2 SCMG 2100 is the new "best buy". Don't forget TIM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 3, 2011 4:23:20 AM

JackNaylorPE said:
Here's the top 20+ coolers (over 100 compared in tests). I have modified the list to include their heights.


Wow, that is more precise help than I would ever hope for. I guess you get this question a lot, but I still feel special. Thanks!

Also, no, I haven't decided if/by how much I'm gonna boost it, it's probably something that I'll feel out as I get used to the machine. Still, I figure a little less heat never hurt no CPU, right? And budget's not really an issue (I'm very patient). And I figured it'd be easier to just get one now and install it while I'm building instead of having to haul it all out later if/when I decide to overclock, right?

Or maybe I'm totally wrong. I'm kinda a total noob, so any insight or hints would be super-appreciated.
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February 3, 2011 7:23:32 AM

Antec 182 is a wide case about 205mm... should take in most of the top coolers... for i5 750 you dontneed more than the hyper 212+ even for a serious OC...
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February 3, 2011 3:01:11 PM

abully said:
for i5 750 you dontneed more than the hyper 212+ even for a serious OC...


True statement, if you aren't going to OC there is no need to go overboard on a CPU cooler, thats an extra $50 dollars you could be putting towards a graphics card or a better motherboard.
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a c 183 K Overclocking
February 4, 2011 2:38:24 AM

secondsabre said:
Well, it's the last step, right?

Installing my new mobo/processor in the next few days, and just wanna make sure that I have adequate coolilng. I have an Antec P182 case (http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?Type=Mg==&i...), with some pretty good airflow that I'm quite happy with, but I'm pushing an i5-760 and a factory overclocked GTX460, and I'm sure the two are gonna start generating some heat. I'm looking so keep my CPU temp down, I can worry about the graphics card as I use it and see what temps look like.

In any case, I'm torn between the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus, and the Thermalright MUX-120, after reading the comparison article here:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/lga-1156-heatsink,2...

The main thing I'm concerned about is space (which I gather is fairly normal), since I've never installed an after-market CPU cooler before. I'm sure that I can figure out how to get it in there and connected, but I'm worried that a cooler is gonna be too big for my case (probably an idle fear, since my case is pretty humongous). Temp is more important that noise, but of course, the quieter the better.

Any helpful hints?

I own both coolers and they're both good cooling wise.
They also have very good ram compatibilty with all dimms filled.
The Thermalright is definitely quieter but you would be better served getting the 212+ and buying a better(quiet) fan for it.
212+ - 120 x 79.7 x 158.5 mm (L x W x H)
MUX120 - L133 x W58 x H160 mm
I'm just relating this info cost wise because a 212+ can often be had for $20.
The Thermalright is usually $45+ .
btw i have Corsair Dominators all dimms filled with the MUX120 no small feat considering the height of the ram.
The 212+ is matched with Ripjaws and everything is compatible.
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