Best Cooling Options for AMD Phenom II X6 1090T

So, I recently upgraded to a Sapphire 7850 2GB OC, and noticed in most of my games my stock 1090T was bottlenecking me pretty good. I run it completely stock at 3.2Ghz, as I've never bothered to upgrade from the stock cooler, nor overclocking it at all.

Being new to aftermarket cooling, I figured I'd come here for advice on what would be my best option for cooling my CPU to get a good overclock on it (I'm shooting for 4.0 to 4.2Ghz).

I have a budget of about 100 bucks, so I've been looking at the Antec Kuhler H2O 920 and the Corsair H80i (a friend recently bought this, said it was very good) for cooling. I'm not hard-set at only getting a liquid-cooler, but so far, these are the best coolers in general that I've been able to find. Any assistance with what I should got for cooling would be much appreciated!

Here are my basic system specs if they're relevant:
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T
Sapphire 7850 2GB OC
Corsair Vengence 4GB DDR3 1600 x2
XtremeGear Power Supply (I believe it's 750W)
Medium Cyberpower PC Tower
ASUS M4N68T-M-V2 mobo (I realize this thing is pretty weak)
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  1. Hey,

    Take a look at the Noctua NH D14 cooler. It is one of the best aftermarket air coolers out there. Its around $92 on newegg, and its quite a beast, but you have to make sure it fits in your system, also if you have RAM with tall heatsinks it might not fit.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018

    A more budget oriented option is the Cooler Master hyper 212 its less than $30 if I remember correctly, and its a good value. However if you have a $100 budget I would go for the Noctua.

    As for the liquid coolers you mentioned, they are closed loop coolers, and IMO its better to go with high end air cooling than with a closed loop liquid cooler. Real custom loop watercooling on the other hand is worth it, and cannot be compared to closed loop coolers which don't even come close.

    Take a look at this comparison between the h100i and the nh d14, the noctua nh d14 is still a better overall value.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/h100i-elc240-seidon-240m-lq320,3380-13.html
    So overall I would recommend a Noctua dh n14 or some other high end air cooler.


    Hope this helps!
  2. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835709001

    Comes in four colors and easy to install.

    Pushed my FX8120 to 4.3ghz.
  3. a phenom ii x6 1090t will not bottleneck a 7850 only
    i mean a single 7850.
    coz i saw only abit of bottleneck on a 2 hd6990's and phenom ii x6 1090

    it is the chipset(mobo)
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