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Aftermarket cooler for am3 processors

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August 25, 2009 3:06:31 AM

I have done quite a bit of searching, and it seems that there are few coolers for an AM3 processor.
I'm going to be purchasing this processor ( and would like to know what aftermarket cooler I could get for it.

Also, I've heard that a cooler for an AM2+ processor will work for AM3, as well. Is this true?

What would you suggest for this processor?
I would prefer something that is $55 and under.
I'm also worried about a processor fitting on my motherboard, and inside of the case I will be purchasing.

The case dimensions are 19'' x 7.8'' x 16.9''
The motherboard is a MA790GP-UD4H. (

Anyways, I would appreciate the help.
I plan on overclocking my processor If I can, and would like something to keep it cool.
a b V Motherboard
August 25, 2009 3:24:24 AM

AM2 coolers would work with AM3. There are no changes in the retention brackets unlike Intel has done with the nehalem.

If you're planning to OC, why don't you opt with the 550 BE instead of a 545?
August 25, 2009 5:25:51 AM

Price is a major factor.
I mean, it may only be $20 more, but that's a bit now.

Unless I can find a cheaper, but still good cooler, then I can upgrade.

Any idea as to what cooler would be good, and lower in price a bit?
Will the stock for the cpu do a decent enough job at cooling?
I'm thinking about this as well:
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a b V Motherboard
August 25, 2009 5:42:32 AM

I would still suggest buying the 550 over 545 plus a cooler. I would prefer a faster CPU than a OCing a slower one + aftermarket cooler. If you want, you can mildly OC the 550 with stock cooler but that isn't recommended though.
August 25, 2009 6:13:51 AM

Would you happen to have any idea on how it fits in a computer case?
Like, how it fits over everything, does it cover any RAM slots or anything?