My stock cooler keeps my Phenom II x4 955 at around ~60C under full load, but it vibrates and sounds like a jet engine. Does anyone have any suggestions on AM3 compatible heatsinks, or just replacement fans, that are at least as good as the stock cooler, but also much quieter? I know a lot of people here swear by the Coolermaster 212 Plus, but at 160mm tall, it doesnt fit in my mid tower. I have no plans to overclock the system.
As a note i'm really not looking to spend more than ~$30, and it has to be one I can install without removing the motherboard.
I just bought the Cooler Master Hyper TX3 and it works like a charm. I agree with the previous statement. This cooler is super easy to install and will cool unlike any cooler for this kind of price. This cooler is a steal
Here is what I recommend. The Xigmatek HDT-964. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Super easy to install as it attached to the AMD motherboard just like the normal AMD stock cooler.
I am currently using it to cool my unlocked X3 720BE OC's at 3.6Ghz. Under extreme gaming it never exceeds 50C.
The Cooler Master Hyper TX3 isn't very noisy. If your computer is sitting on your desk it'll sound like background whirring (not loud at all). And if your comp sits on the floor, you'll never notice.
It's the ultimate cooler for the price. I don't know much about the other cooler, but it looks alright. The European one looks nice, but I bet it's out of your stated price range.