Need help deciding on CPU cooler

I finally got all the parts I want except the cooler for my CPU. Ive read alot of th forums and most say that the megahalem is the best. Those post are from last year thou. Is the megahalem still the bestor has that title been given to another cooler since then. Ive seen direct contact coolers are these any better or just a marketing gimmick aimed at the less knowledgable computer people such as myself. This is going to be cooling an i7-930 that is going to be used for gaming.
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  1. goto frostytech.com
  2. Quote:
    Is the megahalem still the bestor has that title been given to another cooler since then


    Depends on where you look .... on what processor .... in what case....separate tests make it hard to compare as each uses different methods and you could install the same cooler on the same processor in the same case with the same TIM 5 times and get 5 different results. The new Noctua NH-D14 scored a bit higher in one review I read but it's 3+ pound weight scared me a bit. I usually go to a few sites like the ones below and see which one not only performs well thermally but also acoustically. Finally, ease of installation is also worth big points to me.

    http://www.silentpcreview.com/Recommended_Heatsinks
    http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm#INTELHEATSINK
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=371&Itemid=62&limit=1&limitstart=15

    Also should pick a TIM from the top few here:

    http://www.hwreviewlabs.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=64%3Amega-44-thermal-paste-round-up&catid=32%3Around-ups&Itemid=47&limitstart=3
    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/thermal-interface-roundup_10.html#sect1
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=138&Itemid=1&limit=1&limitstart=3

    For reasons of performance and ease of installation, here's what I'm putting in new builds Mega w/ IC Diamond TIM and twin Scythe PWMfans (make sure ya MoBo can handle the fan wattage). ($65 for the HS, $7 for TIM, $11 each for two PWM fans and $7 for a Y cable splitter).

    http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8807/cpu-pro-01/Prolimatech_Megahalems_Rev_B_Intel_CPU_Heatsink_LGA_775_1156_1366_AM2_AM2_AM3_Hot_Item.html
    http://www.frozencpu.com/products/7038/thr-41/Innovation_Cooling_Diamond_7_Carat_Thermal_Compound_-_15_Grams.html?id=BZWnrfIC
    http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10026/fan-639/Scythe_Slip_Stream_120mm_x_25mm_PWM_Fan_-_SY1225SL12LM-P.html?tl=g36c365s936
    http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8418/cab-150/FrozenCPU_PMW_Y_Splitter_Cable.html
  3. its touch and go between the prolimatech mageshadow a version of the maghlm and the newer noctua ud14
  4. Titan Fenrir is very good also

    Custompc = www.custompc.co.uk do annual testing on HSF's so check out their website
  5. ulysses35 said:
    Titan Fenrir is very good also

    Custompc = www.custompc.co.uk do annual testing on HSF's so check out their website



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