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Best cpu cooler for i7 3770k under $80

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May 1, 2012 3:29:48 AM

hi there. i am bout to get the i7 3770k and will be ocing doepending on my mood. 4.3-4.5 and i heard that it gets really warm.

so what are some good cpu coolers that i could get on a canadian website. newegg prefered but doesnt matter, which ever site is the cheapest!!.

I dont wanna get the hyper 212. something better then that or the top one under $80

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May 1, 2012 6:15:51 AM

Hyper 212+ with 2 cougar vortex 120mm fans. The cougar vortex fans are great and will give you awesome performance. OR you can go with the Noctua NH-d14.
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May 1, 2012 9:41:50 AM

po1nted said:
+1 for the Noctua. Badass heat sucking beast.


+1. Corsair H100 is also good.
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May 1, 2012 1:36:06 PM

noctua n-d14 it is.. what about the zalman 9500.. its like 44 bucks on newegg with a great rating
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May 1, 2012 3:26:45 PM

The 212 Evo with dual high quality fans will outperform the zalman. However, what case are you using? The NH-D14 is HUGE!
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May 1, 2012 3:36:50 PM

amuffin said:
Hyper 212+ with 2 cougar vortex 120mm fans. The cougar vortex fans are great and will give you awesome performance. OR you can go with the Noctua NH-d14.

you recommend the 212+ really. He said best under 80 not best under 30. The noctua will be atleast 10*c hotter then the noctua. Also the noctua is barely taller when the 212+ if i remember correctly.

op the noctua will allow those overclocks. The 212+ probably will not.
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May 1, 2012 6:26:15 PM

My computer case is the azza solano. What are the to 3 1155 CPU coolers. I'm looking at the thermal take frio. Or the zalman
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May 1, 2012 6:27:03 PM

My computer case is the azza solano. What are the to 3 1155 CPU coolers. I'm looking at the thermal take frio. Or the zalman
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May 1, 2012 7:13:29 PM

hnijhar said:
My computer case is the azza solano. What are the to 3 1155 CPU coolers. I'm looking at the thermal take frio. Or the zalman


neither of the coolers are going to perform as well as the Noctua or the thermalright silver arrow.

the top 3 are these. in no particular order since they have essentially the same potential

silver arrow.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/thermalright-cpu-cooler-si...
nh-d14
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/noctua-cpu-cooler-nhd14
phanteks
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/phanteks-cpu-cooler-phtc14...

those are the best. none of the ones you mentioned are better then any of these three.
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May 1, 2012 7:14:43 PM

My computer case is the azza solano. What are the to 3 1155 CPU coolers. I'm looking at the thermal take frio. Or the zalman
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May 1, 2012 7:15:00 PM

My computer case is the azza solano. What are the to 3 1155 CPU coolers. I'm looking at the thermal take frio. Or the zalman
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May 1, 2012 7:20:17 PM

My computer case is the azza solano. What are the to 3 1155 CPU coolers. I'm looking at the thermal take frio. Or the zalman
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May 2, 2012 1:39:18 AM

hnijhar said:
What are the to 3 1155 CPU coolers. I'm looking at the thermal take frio. Or the zalman


Depends. What computer case are you using?
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May 2, 2012 5:55:32 AM

Give this new one a look too. It's a hybrid heatpipe and vapour chamber solution from Cooler Master. It's up there with the Noctua NH-14 in performance (if not better) but $30 cheaper. I would probably buy it for my new build if I wasn't dead set on getting an H100.

Cooler Master TPC-812
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $69.99

Review from Frostytech: http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=265...

As you can see from the review, FrostyTech was really impressed.
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May 2, 2012 2:10:37 PM

Jaywill said:
Give this new one a look too. It's a hybrid heatpipe and vapour chamber solution from Cooler Master. It's up there with the Noctua NH-14 in performance (if not better) but $30 cheaper. I would probably buy it for my new build if I wasn't dead set on getting an H100.

Cooler Master TPC-812
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $69.99

Review from Frostytech: http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=265...

As you can see from the review, FrostyTech was really impressed.


i wouldnt call frostytech extremely accurate either.

i would go so far to say that their tests are idealized and basically useless. the have the hyper 212+ only 3 2.5 degrees behind the nh-d14 when i know for a fact that the 212+ is actually about 12 degrees behind the nh-d14. ive had both on the same chip.

i dont expect that the cooler master cooler will be better then the coolers i listed. its also the same price as the silver arrow and the silver arrow is better.

heres another review
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1913/6/
its at the low end if you didnt read it.

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May 2, 2012 4:59:21 PM

cbrunnem said:
i wouldnt call frostytech extremely accurate either.

i would go so far to say that their tests are idealized and basically useless. the have the hyper 212+ only 3 2.5 degrees behind the nh-d14 when i know for a fact that the 212+ is actually about 12 degrees behind the nh-d14. ive had both on the same chip.

i dont expect that the cooler master cooler will be better then the coolers i listed. its also the same price as the silver arrow and the silver arrow is better.

heres another review
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1913/6/
its at the low end if you didnt read it.


No I didn't see the other review, and really didn't have an opinion about FrostyTech either way, although what you say about them is good to know. I was really just throwing another idea out there for something new that's in the OPs price range. You're probably right though ... until there are more reviews from other sites it may be best to avoid the 812.
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May 2, 2012 7:03:09 PM

Jaywill said:
No I didn't see the other review, and really didn't have an opinion about FrostyTech either way, although what you say about them is good to know. I was really just throwing another idea out there for something new that's in the OPs price range. You're probably right though ... until there are more reviews from other sites it may be best to avoid the 812.


not saying that its not a good cooler just that there are others out there that cool better. though the cooler master is much prettier on the eye and is cheaper then the phanteks and noctua. its the same price as the silver arrow but the silver arrow is sometimes hard to get your hands on.

the huge advantage to the nh-d14 is that at high speed its about 48 dcb but at low speed its at about 30 dcb and only looses a handful of degrees. also remember the decibels is a logarithmic scale.
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May 17, 2012 3:52:01 AM

I just built a brand new 3770k based system and I am also looking for a better cooling solution. I have my CPU overclocked to 4.2GHz and I'm getting around 83C when under full load via prime95. Should I be worried about this temp? Ideally, I'd like it much lower. Should I re-invest in the Noctua or would replacing the fans on the coolermaster be a reasonable option? I would like to hit 4.5GHz-ish if possible, but for what it's worth, the CPU is freakin fast at 4.2GHz, so I may take my time with this. What do you guys think? Are there two fans I could replace on the 212 evo that would make a decent difference? Sorry to derail the discussion, I just felt it was relevant
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May 17, 2012 10:52:35 PM

makasin said:
I just built a brand new 3770k based system and I am also looking for a better cooling solution. I have my CPU overclocked to 4.2GHz and I'm getting around 83C when under full load via prime95. Should I be worried about this temp? Ideally, I'd like it much lower. Should I re-invest in the Noctua or would replacing the fans on the coolermaster be a reasonable option? I would like to hit 4.5GHz-ish if possible, but for what it's worth, the CPU is freakin fast at 4.2GHz, so I may take my time with this. What do you guys think? Are there two fans I could replace on the 212 evo that would make a decent difference? Sorry to derail the discussion, I just felt it was relevant


a noctua is going to be about 15*c cooler then the cooler you have now (evo 212 ???). 83 is kinda high though. i wouldnt go higher.
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