Good cpu cooler for $40 or less

what do you recommend?

also it shouldn't be very big (micro mobo here)

that will cool a q9550
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  1. ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186134&cm_re=artic_cooling_freezer_7-_-35-186-134-_-Product

    Its $39.98 at newegg but if you have a MicroCenter or Frys near by you could find it for around $30.
  2. i noticed the first 3 reviews all 1 star ....

    is this any better?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118003&cm_re=zalman-_-35-118-003-_-Product

    by the way my budget increased to $50
  3. demonnn said:
    i noticed the first 3 reviews all 1 star ....

    is this any better?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118003&cm_re=zalman-_-35-118-003-_-Product

    by the way my budget increased to $50


    That is a horrible heat sink performance-wise, but its just pretty. :D

    If you want the best bang for your buck cooler get this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835124022

    It is a rebranded Xigmatek HDT-s1284 which is an excellent cooler that hangs at the high end today.

    If you want to go all out get this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835242001

    It is probably the best performing heatsink out, but it doesn't come with a fan so you will need to buy that as well.
  4. that megahalem looks good , but i don't know what fan it needs or how to install :\

    that other hsf looks great too ...
  5. AMW1011 said:
    That is a horrible heat sink performance-wise, but its just pretty. :D

    If you want the best bang for your buck cooler get this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835124022

    It is a rebranded Xigmatek HDT-s1284 which is an excellent cooler that hangs at the high end today.

    If you want to go all out get this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835242001

    It is probably the best performing heatsink out, but it doesn't come with a fan so you will need to buy that as well.

    He said he needed a smaller cooler thats why I suggested the Artic cooler its a decent cooler for its size. You have to make sure if you do get one of those bigger coolers that you will have the space for it those 120mm coolers wont fit in most micro atx cases so check the measurements before purchasing.
  6. saaiello said:
    He said he needed a smaller cooler thats why I suggested the Artic cooler its a decent cooler for its size. You have to make sure if you do get one of those bigger coolers that you will have the space for it those 120mm coolers wont fit in most micro atx cases so check the measurements before purchasing.
    I have mid tower case, and micro atx motherboard will it fit? I saw some youtube videos , and it looks like it won't fit in my current case(very little clearance between hsf and psu), but I'm getting a new one ... i just want to know if people use these big coolers with micro atx mobos
  7. demonnn said:
    I have mid tower case, and micro atx motherboard will it fit? I saw some youtube videos , and it looks like it won't fit in my current case(very little clearance between hsf and psu), but I'm getting a new one ... i just want to know if people use these big coolers with micro atx mobos

    The CPU socket tends to be real close to the PSU on Micro ATX boards so clearance might be an issue also check to make sure your case is wide enough even some mid tower cases can't fit those big coolers.
  8. Ah I got you well this is the only small cooler I ever use:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233014

    That thing performs really well for it's size. I've clocked three Athlon II X3 435's to 3.6 Ghz on it with really nice temperatures.
  9. AMW1011 said:
    Ah I got you well this is the only small cooler I ever use:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233014

    That thing performs really well for it's size. I've clocked three Athlon II X3 435's to 3.6 Ghz on it with really nice temperatures.
    looks great... but i need something that's available right now.
  10. demonnn said:
    looks great... but i need something that's available right now.


    Sorry meant to post this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835124021

    Again, its the same as the Xigmatek, but rebranded.
  11. sorry,need something with better reviews :D
  12. Well you can buy that and trust me or you can buy something inferior. Look at any of the Xigmatek coolers, there are a good few people who aren't getting great temps because they don't know how to apply thermal paste to a HDT heatsink.
  13. The Arctic 7 Cooler rev. 2 shines with Duals. I ( JUST ) bought one online for 21 bucks. I have my E8400 @ 4.0Ghz with 1.35V ( idle is 27C and Full load in prime95 is 59C )

    Really couldnt ask for anything better for what I paid. That and its 100% silent, even at 2,500 rpms.


    Don't go off of reviews on sites. Do you realize how many tools think they can put PC's togehter LMAO. Its comical.. I work IT support 5 days a week. You'd have no idea.
  14. I think I'm just going spend the extra and get h50 (always wanted it) :)
  15. Careful Ive read some shady replies about the H50.

    Just nab a Dark Knight. Co-worker has one on his i7-920 and he has it clocked at 3.6Ghz and it never breaks 70C. Thats a 1Ghz OC on a quad on air.

    That HSF looks tit too ;)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029
  16. If you really want an awesome cooler I'd get this:
    http://store.electrical-insulators-and-copper-ground-bars.com/copper-square-rod-2-00-square-copper-rod-alloy-c11000.html
    Doesn't come with a fan, I'd buy the 24inch long one, cut in up into 4 segments (each 6 inch tall) for a base of 4 inch by 4 inch.

    But seriously this is a cheap little cooler:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103064&cm_re=tx3-_-35-103-064-_-Product
  17. Quote:


    Keep in mind that only comes with a single 120mm fan. For push pull action, you'd need to purchase a 2nd.
  18. Triton05 said:
    Keep in mind that only comes with a single 120mm fan. For push pull action, you'd need to purchase a 2nd.

    and also it's huge .... it won't fit on my micro mobo
  19. can anyone suggest any other cooler that fits micro mobo before i buy h50 that has great performance?
  20. ordered the h50 :)

    can't wait!!!
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