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July 25, 2012 4:41:25 PM


I have recently decided to overclock my CPU, its an AMD Phenom II X4 960T 3.0Ghz Black Edition.

Wanted to run it to about 3.6Ghz or 4Ghz at most, I need a effective CPU cooler and I was hoping someone could give me some suggestions.

My budget is around £65, £70 at max.

Many thanks,


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July 25, 2012 5:07:03 PM

my case is a EXDISPLAY NZXT Phantom, The H80 will fit okay into this right?
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July 25, 2012 5:11:16 PM

Be careful with the H80. It has a thick radiator and when you add the 2 fans it becomes quite large. If you think you have got the room then go for it, but I would suggest considering the Antec Kuhler 920 instead, since the hoses on it are much more flexible.

Honestly, if you're just looking for a cheap cooler that works, then consider something like the CoolerMaster 212
July 25, 2012 5:22:51 PM

i was thinking of getting the coolermaster V8 cause I just have a worry about the liquid cooling taking up a fan slot
July 25, 2012 5:27:36 PM

I dont mind fitting in the Antec Kuhler 920 but i'd have to remove a fan, is that worth it or not?
July 25, 2012 5:36:28 PM

Yeah, that would work fine. Just remember that a water cooler dumps the heat ouside of the case while a air cooler dumps it back into the case, so make sure you have good exhaust in your case.

I've read reviews on the V8 and it seems to work pretty well.

I currently have a HAF-922 case with my Corsair H80 mounted at the back near the top, so it dumps heat outside of the case via the back fan slot. However, I also have several fans near the bottom to feed cooler air in - and because heat rises I also have a 200mm fan at the top to help vent it out.
July 25, 2012 6:03:14 PM

you'll also need good case airflow, otherwise youre just moving hot air around inside the case.
July 25, 2012 6:08:30 PM

okay thanks, i think im going to get the Antec Kuhler 920 because water cooling seems more effective than air