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January 3, 2013 3:06:46 PM

I was looking for coolers for around 20-30 dollars but I couldn't tell if they were good or not. The max I will spend is $40 for the cooler. I am planning to overclock my 3570k to like 4.3-4.5 ghz. Also I don't know how big it should be, because I have a mid tower case.

Case: Thermaltake Commander MS-I Snow Edition VN40006W2N ATX Mid Tower Case.
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK

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January 3, 2013 4:26:42 PM

yah i saw that one, but the thing is many people said on reviews on many websites that it is pretty big. so do you think my motherboard and case are large enough to have it?
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January 3, 2013 4:30:05 PM

Scythe Mugen 2. If not a CM Hyper 212
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January 3, 2013 4:31:30 PM

I use a $20 Xigmatek Gaia on my CPUs. According to Frostytech, it cools within a degree of the CM, and is quieter. At 2/3 of the price, it's the better buy.
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January 3, 2013 4:35:19 PM

The 212 evo is nice but with a mid-tower you won't be able to close the case. The copper heat pipes protrudes from the top a quarter inch out pass where the panel would be. My case is out for RMA so I have mine sitting in a mid-tower with the panel off xD.
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January 3, 2013 4:59:06 PM

Onus said:
I use a $20 Xigmatek Gaia on my CPUs. According to Frostytech, it cools within a degree of the CM, and is quieter. At 2/3 of the price, it's the better buy.


will that be able to fit in a midtower?
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January 3, 2013 10:52:51 PM

CM Hyper 212 hand down! It perfectly fits in my 922!
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January 3, 2013 11:55:14 PM

asalikus said:
CM Hyper 212 hand down! It perfectly fits in my 922!


does it fit good in mid towers?
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January 3, 2013 11:58:45 PM

It can, depending on the case. CM has the dimensions on their site and you can measure the case clearance
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January 4, 2013 12:26:56 AM

Not all mid-tower cases are equal so it just depends on the case.

That HAF 922 case is 10 inches wide compared to the case he's looking at getting that is 8 inches wide. Both the Hyper 212 and Gaia are 159mm(6.3 inches) tall then you have to factor in the space between the side panel to motherboard tray, motherboard standoff's. The OP is going to have to measure to check but I think it's going to be a very tight fit.

There's the Xigmatek Loki which is 134mm tall and give's you just under a inch more room to play with compared to the other two coolers.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 4, 2013 1:09:09 AM

well if you can wait for about 2 weeks or so depending on how your money rolls and buy a liquid cooling solution like a corsair h60 because i would say its worht the wait and until then use the stock intel hs/f then do the overclocking when you get the cooler
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January 4, 2013 1:29:24 AM

That's very true, HAF 922 is a HUGE case!
Orlean said:
Not all mid-tower cases are equal so it just depends on the case.

That HAF 922 case is 10 inches wide compared to the case he's looking at getting that is 8 inches wide. Both the Hyper 212 and Gaia are 159mm(6.3 inches) tall then you have to factor in the space between the side panel to motherboard tray, motherboard standoff's. The OP is going to have to measure to check but I think it's going to be a very tight fit.

There's the Xigmatek Loki which is 134mm tall and give's you just under a inch more room to play with compared to the other two coolers.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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January 4, 2013 2:51:56 PM

menojh said:
well if you can wait for about 2 weeks or so depending on how your money rolls and buy a liquid cooling solution like a corsair h60 because i would say its worht the wait and until then use the stock intel hs/f then do the overclocking when you get the cooler


well thats $65 at the lowest :( . I have the money, it's just that I have been buying so much stuff for my computer lately, and I really don't think my dad is happy. But i can give it a try :) 
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January 4, 2013 2:54:54 PM

I don't think AIO water coolers are worth it. I recommend air cooler
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January 4, 2013 5:25:14 PM

Thermaltake Frio is 49.99 with rebate and will cool better than any of the suggestions listed here, yes even your closed loop liquid cooler is inferior to the Frio.

The Frio is loud but worth it, and if you really mind use the fan control they give you in the box, or take off a fan(2 fans included).
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January 4, 2013 10:13:18 PM

I have a HAF 912 case and I can fit a cooler as large as the Cooler Master Elite V6. It's not quite 10 inches wide, but it is a WONDERFUL mid tower.

For a cooler that can fit in a standard 8-inch mid-tower, look at those lower profile cpu coolers. I had a Thermaltake V3, and I could not fit a cooler as large as the Hyper 212 without worrying the cooler is going to rest against the side panel of the case. Not to mention, I couldn't utilize the top fans in the Thermaltake case with a large CPU heatsink. However, NONE of these clearance issues are present in the HAF 912, or HAF 922.

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Something like the Gemni 2: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or comparable
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January 5, 2013 12:44:28 AM

Your case is similar to mine but little smaller. (HAF 922)
the1corrupted said:
I have a HAF 912 case and I can fit a cooler as large as the Cooler Master Elite V6. It's not quite 10 inches wide, but it is a WONDERFUL mid tower.

For a cooler that can fit in a standard 8-inch mid-tower, look at those lower profile cpu coolers. I had a Thermaltake V3, and I could not fit a cooler as large as the Hyper 212 without worrying the cooler is going to rest against the side panel of the case. Not to mention, I couldn't utilize the top fans in the Thermaltake case with a large CPU heatsink. However, NONE of these clearance issues are present in the HAF 912, or HAF 922.

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Something like the Gemni 2: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or comparable

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