Whats a good cpu cooler?

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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  1. that cpu doesnt really run hot, but the hyper 212 is a good 1
  2. Just buy it from anyone other then Newegg. Newegg is charging $50 for it, Amazon and others are $30 with free shipping.
  3. ^+1 for the CM Hyper 212+
  4. Could my CPU be stably overclocked through BIOS to 3.4ghz? Would I see a performance difference?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Noctua and Scythe are the best.
  8. 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.
  9. 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/ZALMAN%20TECH/
    The only shortcoming it has though is you can't add another fan.
    http://www.silentpcreview.com/Recommended_Heatsinks
  10. Just purchase "by the numbers"

    The Megahalems is by far the most widely selected "winner" on the test bench. If the $65 price is an issue the Scythe 2100 outperforms everything else in its price range.

    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=544&Itemid=62&limit=1&limitstart=11
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=544&Itemid=62&limit=1&limitstart=13
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