I just finished building a new setup and the heatsink/fan is really noisy. I am looking for a quieter one that will still cool the core enough during gaming etc. I will not be overclocking it.
Here's the setup:
-AMD FX-8120 Zambezi
-G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM
-ASUS Crosshair V Formula Motherboard
-XFX Double D HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 Video Card
-AZZA Solano 1000R Black / Red ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Id like to keep it under $100, and I'm open to liquid and heatsink cooling, I just dont know what to get that will fit in the case and not block the RAM and first pci port.
When talking about an AMD cpu and gaming you also have to know that there will be some heat and the FX-8120 is an eight core cpu and even though the OP says that there will be no overclocking once he see's that the performance needs a boost he may then decide to overclock. Most people with a FX-8120 do end up overclocking it.
ok those all look great, but the only one that would work is the liquid cooling since the case has a big fan right infront of the heatsink, so i need a heatsink that is at most 150 cm tall, 150 cm long, and 100 cm wide(the motherboard is a little cramped too)
I understand this, which is why I suggested the Hyper 212 Evo.
AMD CPU's tend to run very cool in the first place, so I highly doubt OP will run into any issues, even if his CPU is an eight core.
Just as an example, my Phenom II which is OC'd with 1.4v, only gets up to 50C with Prime95 running overnight (with Hyper 212+). I understand the Phenom is a very different CPU compared to the FX-8120, but from what I've noticed, they generally have very similar temperatures.