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July 30, 2010 2:41:39 AM

I am looking for a cpu cooler (am3 socket - Amd Athlon x4 635), that is around 40-55$. I was looking at some zalman coolers, but I am not sure which one. With a good cpu cooler, how much do you think I would be able to overclock my cpu stably? 3.5ghz? Thanks.

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July 30, 2010 3:24:19 AM

that cpu doesnt really run hot, but the hyper 212 is a good 1
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July 30, 2010 3:34:01 AM

Just buy it from anyone other then Newegg. Newegg is charging $50 for it, Amazon and others are $30 with free shipping.
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July 30, 2010 3:39:13 AM

^+1 for the CM Hyper 212+
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July 30, 2010 3:47:29 AM

Could my CPU be stably overclocked through BIOS to 3.4ghz? Would I see a performance difference?
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July 30, 2010 4:01:36 AM

Question one depends on the bios. I'm not sure what board you have so I have no idea. Question two depends on what you are using to judge the performance increase. Games not so much, but CPU tasks like media transcoding should.
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July 30, 2010 4:08:17 AM

Even a Cooler Master TX3(approximately $20) will keep an Athlon II X4 @ 3.5 cool enough. I only hit 52C on the cores while running Prime95 and it's with 1.5V.
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July 30, 2010 3:53:53 PM

Thanks everybody, I think I might decide between a cooler master and a zalman. I wont buy one right away, i'll see if my cpu has any cooling issues first while overclocking it a bit. Thanks all again.
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July 30, 2010 7:31:41 PM

devinkoz said:
Thanks everybody, I think I might decide between a cooler master and a zalman. I wont buy one right away, i'll see if my cpu has any cooling issues first while overclocking it a bit. Thanks all again.

If you decide to buy a Zalman stay away from their old model line the new CNPS10X tower coolers are much better.
This model peforms the best from reviews i've read.
http://www.ncixus.com/products/41865/CNPS10X%20QUIET/ZA...
The only shortcoming it has though is you can't add another fan.
http://www.silentpcreview.com/Recommended_Heatsinks
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