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Good budget AM3/AM3+ CPU cooler

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October 13, 2012 12:19:53 PM

I decided to get a new CPU cooler because although the AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE's stock cooler is good, it is way to loud. I'm looking for a good, cheap AM3/AM3+ CPU cooler that will fit in the Zalman Z9 plus (midi case).I don't know how big the CPU cooler can be because I am unsure of the dimensions. The motherboard will be a Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 AM3+. Any suggestions are welcome.
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October 14, 2012 12:23:02 AM

Zalman Z9 plus´dimensions are 19.84" x 8.15" x 18.27" or (464 x 207 x 504 mm) -- the distance from the motherboard tray to the external panel is around 7" -- so a good CPU cooler should not be superior to 7".

Enermax ETD-T60 VEGAS DUO CPU Cooler (Down Flow) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...





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October 14, 2012 12:00:29 PM

Another thing you should consider is the distance between the memory and the CPU -- some cooler are do large that they end up touching the memory sticks, specially those memories with high profile heat spread.
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October 14, 2012 12:08:13 PM

the dark knight has no issue clearing the dimms.
October 14, 2012 12:42:56 PM

bellybuttonmykol98 said:
I decided to get a new CPU cooler because although the AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE's stock cooler is good, it is way to loud. I'm looking for a good, cheap AM3/AM3+ CPU cooler that will fit in the Zalman Z9 plus (midi case).I don't know how big the CPU cooler can be because I am unsure of the dimensions. The motherboard will be a Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 AM3+. Any suggestions are welcome.




YOu may try Thermalright Macho 120. By leaning towards rear of the case, the cooler will stay away from the high profile memory heat spreader.
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October 14, 2012 12:59:53 PM

that will bang into the heatsink near the I.O panel - and will probably force OP to turn it around, introducing issues with the Dimms
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