Question on which CPU Cooler/Heat sink to use.


I'm building a PC and have ordered a new CPU which is this:

and have been told it comes with a stock heat sink/cpu cooler.

However I also have another heat sink/cpu cooler that came with my old Alienware Aurora PC:
(Its the original Alienware PC found here:

Looks like this from a picture I found using Google:

However I don't know any of the specifications about it. All the website says is that:
"Alienware’s high performance CPU liquid cooling delivers up to 3 metric tons of liquid per minute for every square meter of CPU die! "

It always says its liquid cooling but it doesn't look liquid cooling to me. Would also like your opinion on this as well but more importantly, which one should I use? Is the Alienware one good enough or better? Thank you.

Also sorry if this is unclear but I hope its not.
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  1. Seems to be a closed loop liquid cooler. As long as it can be properly mounted onto your new mobo, yes it will definately be better than the stock cooler for the i5 2500k.
    Also when you find out the exact model of your CPU cooler, you can probably get an installation kit for the LGA1155 platform, if it doesn't support it already.

    But then you can also just spend about $25-35 bucks and get a quite sufficient air cooler such as Cooler Master Hyper 212+ or 212 EVO.
  2. My new MoBo is the AsRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

    Also this is the picture of the alienware heat sink/cooler:

    Noticed that the old link no longer works
  3. Trial and error you can probably fit it may require some creative thinking. If not like rvilman said get a 212+ they cost about £26
  4. Ok, most likely I will need to buy a new one and I don't know anything about CPU coolers but I will look into the Cooler Master Hyper 212+
  5. The old cooler looks like one of the Corsair "H" series cooler and I am guessing that it is on a socket 1156 board in which case it should mount fairly easy onto the new board. If not you may have some problems getting it to work.

    The Cooler Master Hyper 212+ is a nice inexpensive cooler that does work well. I am using one on my Intel® Core™ i7-2600K. While you can get a little overclocking on on the stock HSF (heatsink/fan) you don't want to count on it for the long run.

    Christian Wood
    Intel Enthusiast Team
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