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Want to upgrade my cpu cooling, need help deciding.

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November 10, 2011 7:35:00 PM

Built my first gaming PC a few weeks ago. The stock cooling kinda sucks and I want to upgrade my cpu fan to keep my temps low and be prepared for any possible OCing that I might wanna do. I have a price range of $30 - $60 and have been looking at these 3 options specifically:

Noctua NH-U9B SE2
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=8...

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=8...

Corsair Hydro Series H60
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=8...

I'm just curious as to how well these perform and how much of a difference they make. Any better recommendations would be appreciated (as long as it's in my price range).

Here's my build:
Intel Core i5 2500k
ASrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3
Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3
ASUS GeForce GTX 560 ti DirectCU II
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB 32MB Cache
XFX 750W PRO750W Core Edition
Cooler Master HAF 922
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
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November 10, 2011 7:37:58 PM

H60 + Another Fan.
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November 10, 2011 8:29:24 PM

4.4 Ghz - $25 Hyper 212
4.6 Ghz - $50 Scythe Mugen 3 ... or Hyper 612 when released in US (can buy down under)
4.8 Ghz - $80 Thermalright Silver Arrow

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

if I did the self contained water thing .... it would be the Antec ones.
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November 10, 2011 10:07:22 PM

They are all effective coolers. They will each keep you cool enough for any reasonable OC. Pick the cheapest which is thehyper212 I think. An alternative is the Xigmatek gaia at a similar price.

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November 10, 2011 10:10:09 PM

The liquid coolers suggest you mount them so you draw cool air in through the radiator. I don't much like that. Yes, it keeps your cpu cooler, but the heat builds up in the case where it will affect the graphics card. It is the graphics card that generates the most heat that needs to be dispelled.
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November 10, 2011 11:58:10 PM

I'm leaning towards the hyper 212 evo, however the antec liquid cooler actually uses the fan by the radiator as an exhaust not an intake like the corsair.
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November 12, 2011 2:03:02 AM

looks a little expensive for air cooling
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November 12, 2011 11:17:33 PM

38 is expensive for u ? Well in that case get a hand fan
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November 13, 2011 1:22:26 AM

and as i mentioned in the original post, my price range is $30 - $60
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November 13, 2011 3:02:09 AM

I'd go with the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO it's more then capable of cooling an oc'd SB K.
Performs well on this i7 860 testbed.
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Cooler-Master-Hy...
It's a big improvement over the 212+ as far as temps and noise goes.
The 212+ is no slouch and has been cooling i7 9xx's for years.
SB's run much cooler then the previous gen.
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November 13, 2011 3:23:15 AM

Ever consider this cooler for the price it is very good.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
Here are some articles comparing the two coolers. Each uses the same test set up although they are taken at different times.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cpu-cooler-heatsink...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/lga-1156-heatsink,2...
The second article even includes the Cooler Master 212 to show you how it performs.
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November 16, 2011 8:23:17 PM

madchemist83 said:
Check Corsair A70

Likely not going to work with Corsair Vengeance, unfortunately.
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November 17, 2011 4:32:00 AM

Why not. Just get low profile one
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November 17, 2011 11:55:02 AM

Sure, if the store where he's buying has them. I personally didn't have that option.
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November 17, 2011 5:13:09 PM

Doesn't ship to my country. Americans have it all easy.
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November 19, 2011 5:16:55 PM

sublime2k said:
Likely not going to work with Corsair Vengeance, unfortunately.

good to know, thanks
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November 19, 2011 5:17:40 PM

Best answer selected by gobes.
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