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Best cooling solution, need advice

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January 7, 2013 8:03:34 AM

Hi,

A few months ago I built a mid range PC for gaming. It has performed extremely well and I'm very impressed with its quality. However, one issue I have is cooling. I am using the stock case fans and heatsink pictured below, which results in the CPU reaching 30 degrees idle and ~62 degrees full load. Are these temperatures okay? My specs are below.

CiT Vantage Type R Case with its four unbranded stock case fans (http://tinyurl.com/at7qpg2)
AMD Phenom 965BE @ 3.6GHz (1.375V stable)
Gigabyte HD7850 2GB Windforce @1GHz
8GB Vengeance Low Profile RAM
500W OCZ PSU

These are the side fans:


The heatsink:


And the exhaust/space in case:




I'm looking for a budget option for cooling temps down to below 60 degrees load, happy to spend about £30 on coolers/fans. I'm unsure of whether it is the airflow in the case or the cooler itself (which doesn't seem to do that much of a bad job). If I were to look at coolers, what could I fit in my case judging by the photos? A Hyper212 EVO seems far too big for the width of the case.

Some options I've looked at so far:

Replace both side panel intake fans with Aerocool Sharks (£10 each)
Replace side panel AND exhaust fans with Aerocool Sharks (or comparable fans in the same price range)
Replace CPU cooler with something like a Hyper 212 or A30

Which of these options would be most effective/plausible?

Thanks in advance

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a c 92 K Overclocking
January 7, 2013 1:38:35 PM

I'd give odds that the Hyper212 EVO will fit your case (just barely) but, another viable option from Cooler Master might be the GeminII SF524 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/cooler-master-geminii-sf... which is a very good low profile cooler.
I'd suggest replacing the stock HSF before adding more fans to the case.
Hope it helps
January 7, 2013 4:03:31 PM

C12Friedman said:
I'd give odds that the Hyper212 EVO will fit your case (just barely) but, another viable option from Cooler Master might be the GeminII SF524 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/cooler-master-geminii-sf... which is a very good low profile cooler.
I'd suggest replacing the stock HSF before adding more fans to the case.
Hope it helps


Hmm thanks for the advice. I assume that heatsink would have a noticeable difference from the stock hsf? Looks great, I'll consider it cheers.
a b K Overclocking
January 7, 2013 10:55:56 PM

A deepcool mc 3002 gx would keep your chip cool , nit sure about fit , cooler is 144mm tall so you need about 150mm from top of cpu to case side . Keeps my 8350 and 1100t cool . these will also work low profile 129mm high 120 mm fan
http://deepcool-us.com/Product/TIGER_SHARK/
Or this , cools a bit better 131mm high 140 mm fan, have one on order
http://deepcool-us.com/Product/FIEND_SHARK/

or this 137 mm high 120mm fan
http://deepcool-us.com/Product/ICEWING5_PRO/
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