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Budget quiet AM3 cooler? ~$30

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April 12, 2011 8:05:49 AM

I've recently started getting bothered by the noise level of AMD's stock cooler. What's a good alternative for $30 or less? And if possible, can it double as a good overclocking cooler for a future 1155 build? (Second part isn't necessary, but would be nice).

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a b K Overclocking
April 12, 2011 8:42:51 AM

Cooler Master Hyper 212+.

NOT getting it will be a mistake - it's quiet and performs extremely well. It fits all sockets currently on the market with ease, and is probably the best cooling-for-money cooler you can buy. I have one, and trust me, it's awesome. The cooler is so recommended, Tom's Hardware has a sticky for it. Now THAT'S impressive.
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a b K Overclocking
April 12, 2011 9:28:56 AM

^+1.

I'm using one right now. Real awesome cooler. You won't be disappointed.
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April 12, 2011 3:09:37 PM

I'm using one too. Very quiet, keeps my unlocked 740BE so cool I've forgotten it's been so long since I checked.
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a b K Overclocking
April 12, 2011 9:02:18 PM

I also have a Hyper 212 plus. It cools very well but I actually found it very load, well only until I got a GTX480, now I can't hear the Hyper 212 plus fan :) 

I recently bought 2x Cooler Master SickleFlow fans to put on the 212+ and these are really quiet, I think 19db. They are also relatively cheap and perform well, I suggest buying some of these fans too.
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April 12, 2011 11:09:34 PM

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