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July 15, 2012 8:16:12 PM

My current cpu cooler keep juddering and clicking when I boot and it's pretty bad at keeping the temperatures down so I really need to get another. But my case, I have a 200mm on the left side, prevents me from having a cpu cooler over 131.5mm high. So I would really appreciate some advice on a good cpu cooler, which isn't very expensive and is less than 131.5mm high. Thanks!

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a c 184 à CPUs
July 15, 2012 9:01:09 PM

Which processor..?
July 15, 2012 9:30:42 PM

Phenom II x4 (965)
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July 15, 2012 10:07:41 PM

There is always the All-in-one water coolers. You can get one of the cheaper ones for around $60-70 and they'll perform very well. The actual water-block/pump that mounts to the CPU is extremely low profile, but the problem is you need a place to put the radiator.
a c 105 à CPUs
July 15, 2012 10:19:26 PM

'keeps juddering and clicking'

That could be your fan, hard drive or loose heatsink, open up your PC and check whats exactly making the noise.
a c 184 à CPUs
July 15, 2012 10:22:20 PM

Goden said:
There is always the All-in-one water coolers. You can get one of the cheaper ones for around $60-70 and they'll perform very well. The actual water-block/pump that mounts to the CPU is extremely low profile, but the problem is you need a place to put the radiator.

Yet, they're POS. Fisher price watercooling that is outperformed by heatsinks that cost half the price!
July 16, 2012 12:39:46 AM

amuffin said:
Yet, they're POS. Fisher price watercooling that is outperformed by heatsinks that cost half the price!


The higher end AIO-water-coolers can be acquired for about the same price as a mid to high end heatsink cooler. By their very nature they're not going to perform the same as a gigantic heatsink or a custom water loop, but there is more to AIO-water-coolers than just performance. Some other benefits include the low profile water block, radiator that can be positioned wherever you desire, and the fact that hot air isn't vented back into the computer case.

Some cases just do not have the room to accommodate the size of some of the higher end heatsinks.
July 16, 2012 8:16:49 AM

I probably couldn't have an all in one water cooler as I have nowhere to put the radiator - ive got a 200m fan on the front, 200mm fan at the side and the other fans are so close to the motherboard there's no space.

In terms of the heatsink cooler, I want something which is good at cooling - low profile coolers aren't really what i'm looking for.

I have the nzxt hades, which i bought more for cooling and less for looks, as I have 480 and needed some extra fans to cool it down. So i'm wondering what the maximum cpu cooler you can put in this case without removing the 200m fan.
a c 105 à CPUs
July 16, 2012 5:46:25 PM

What case/computer have you got?
July 16, 2012 6:07:32 PM

A picture of your setup would be nice as well. Is the side fan intake or exhaust. I assume the front is an intake. Where are these other fans you speak of?

The reason I ask is that there are two basic types of CPU coolers. Ones that blow air towards or away from the mobo, and ones that blow air parallel to the mobo(up, down, left, or right). The best cooler depends on the placement of other fans and the case.
July 16, 2012 9:53:57 PM

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There are a few changes - i've got a gtx 480 so the gpu is a lot bigger, in the blue ram holders ive got some vengeance ram with heat spreaders and the ribbon cable is a different colour xD

Its an Nzxt hades and some people are saying that you can only fit a cpu cooler 131.5mm high if you want to keep the 200mm fan on the side (sucks air in), but others are saying its 160mm. At the moment its in a really awkward position and the wrong way round so i'd have to unplug everything to open the side panel. Judging from the top, 160mm seems more plausible.
July 16, 2012 10:17:04 PM

Is it compatible with am3 though?
July 17, 2012 12:18:35 AM



I think this would be the best bang for the buck, although I'm pretty sure it's too tall. This will blow air along the mobo instead of towards it, which is a good thing. You could have it blowing air up toward those two fans or towards the back, where the one fan is.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is the type I have and it looks cool. I don't think you will get much more gains in the performance for the price though; however this one looks like it will fit. You'll have a 7 mm buffer from the side fan. make sure you measured correctly. Although, you might consider getting ride of the side fan. I am not a big fan of side fans personally. My original tests showed increases in all temps except my southbridge; however I had the side fan on full blast. I'm going to run some tests again but with a very low speed fan on the side soon as a get a slow speed fan.

EDIT: I just read that you think you may be able to fit 160mm. If that's true, ignore the "too tall" bit.
a c 184 à CPUs
July 17, 2012 7:49:47 AM

Goden said:
The higher end AIO-water-coolers can be acquired for about the same price as a mid to high end heatsink cooler. By their very nature they're not going to perform the same as a gigantic heatsink or a custom water loop, but there is more to AIO-water-coolers than just performance. Some other benefits include the low profile water block, radiator that can be positioned wherever you desire, and the fact that hot air isn't vented back into the computer case.

Some cases just do not have the room to accommodate the size of some of the higher end heatsinks.

That's not true :p 
a c 105 à CPUs
July 17, 2012 3:08:12 PM

trollface said:
Is it compatible with am3 though?


Its compatible wih intel and AMD sockets.
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