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What is the best CPU heatsink for me?

I am getting some hot temps on my i7 3770 with the stock fan so I want to upgrade to an aftermarket heatsink. I am planning to spend around $30. My case is horrible and the backside of the case does not have a hole for the backplate, I dont think that should change anything but I just want to make sure. I would have to remove the motherboard to install the backplate and heatsink right? I will provide some pictures to give you an idea of how much room I have inside. You guys have been awesome at helping me out, I thank you very much!

Edit: just fixed the heatsink retainers.

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  2. what temps were you getting???

    Buy the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO or the Cooler Master Hyper TX3
  3. Hyper TX3 should be enough. You're not going to OC that CPU anyway.
  4. +1 CM Evo 212
  5. spawnkiller said:
    +1 CM Evo 212


    +2
  6. evo as i said.
  7. The Evo is kind of poor quality. It's cheap which is why people buy it, and it's decent under load. But it will actually slide on the CPU when it's installed.
  8. theres nothing better in that price range, it can actuallly cool as good as a 60$ cooler.

    thats the whole point i own the cooler, so what ur saying is non relevant. yes it blocks 1 ram slot but most coolers unless low-profile will block a ram slot.
  9. iceclock said:
    theres nothing better in that price range, it can actuallly cool as good as a 60$ cooler.

    thats the whole point i own the cooler, so what ur saying is non relevant. yes it blocks 1 ram slot but most coolers unless low-profile will block a ram slot.


    Yea, that's why you bought it. It's cheap. That's what I said. In one of the sources you listed, the delta temperature is on the higher end of all the coolers listed. I'm not saying it's a bad cooler, it's just decent.
  10. well the word cheap for me = not good quality. maybe u should use a different term. cuz its well built
  11. zander1983 said:
    +2



    +3
  12. iceclock said:
    well the word cheap for me = not good quality. maybe u should use a different term. cuz its well built


    The adapter brackets for AMD sockets are definitely low quality, I'm not sure how well the intel ones work though. I'm sure it cools very well but the fact that it slides around over the socket was enough to just say "nope".
  13. Hyper 212 or Xigmatek Gaia since you can't overclock.

    Xigmatek Gaia is smaller so it'll fit in more cases but cools 1-2 degrees hotter.
  14. iceclock said:


    Thanks for your input, I plan on going with the hyper evo 212
    I should be okay with the size right?
  15. spawnkiller said:
    +1 CM Evo 212

    Will the evo 212 fit in my setup? Will the ram get in the way?
  16. yes it will fit.
  17. Please don't buy anything until you get physical dimensions of your case. The 212 is tall. I lost money shipping one back because it didn't fit. Size up your case and look up the name so we can be sure.
  18. what case you have just to make shur.
  19. iceclock said:
    what case you have just to make shur.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008QVQXS8/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i02
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007P709YI/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00
    http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?product_id=3053

    theres like 160mm from motherboard to sidepanel and the evo itself is like 158mm
    well I think I will buy it either way and modify the cheap sidepanel window if things arent fitting.
  20. it will fit :)
  21. it will fit x2 :D
  22. thanks guys! ordering today
  23. Best answer selected by greathelp.
  24. cheers.
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