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January 10, 2014 4:14:11 PM

So currently I've got an aging Phenom II X3 710, which is starting to get fairly close to it's maximum temperature while gaming. I figure a combination of age / old paste is causing this.

I've decided that if I'm going to repaste it, it would benefit me to put a decent cooler on it too. That means when I eventually do upgrade my mobo/cpu I've got a good cooler to put on top!

No idea what processor I'll get when the time comes, and I'd like to overclock it a little bit (I'm a man ... why wouldn't I want bigger numbers?) but would never try anything extreme.

I also like the idea of it being quiet when I'm chatting on facebook or watching porn!

I saw this ... would it be a worthy candidate?

http://quietpc.co.uk/cnps14x

Really wouldn't want to spend much more than that, especially as I don't see any crazy over clocks. Unless I'm being unrealistic with price?

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January 10, 2014 4:59:04 PM

I have a Corsair H60 and i love it really quite and i have a push pull set up with an extra fan that i had laying around plus you dont but all that weight on your Mobo i would recommenced this to anyone for a budget cooler
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January 10, 2014 5:13:00 PM

It also depends on your case,can it support coolers as high as 160mm?
Which case do you have?

It is a nice cooler from what i read though.

For up to 35 pounds there are other options,
for instance really cheap,
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/zalman-cpu-cooler-cnps1...
this one might be for your for your wishes already good enough.It comes with a resistor cable,with that it doesn't let the rpm go over a certain value and will keep it quiet as i remember.Look up some reviews for it if you want to.
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January 10, 2014 5:23:24 PM

A Hyper 212 Evo is probably the most recommended cooler, it fits in most cases, runs really well, cool and quiet, and has a good price too.
January 11, 2014 8:42:02 AM

Well this is my current case, but I think when I upgrade I'll need a new one as most motherboards look like they won't fit. I think it has the width to accommodate a tall fan though:




Both those suggestions look great too for less money, thanks guys!
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January 11, 2014 9:00:25 AM

Yeah, those should work. Also, go for a 120mm fan, looks like you can fit one. They push a lot more air, and if all you have is that little one, that will solve a lot of your issues. I suggest one above 70cfm, make sure you don't get one with like 120, they sound like jet engines. Literally.
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January 11, 2014 11:11:55 AM

calza said:
Well this is my current case, but I think when I upgrade I'll need a new one as most motherboards look like they won't fit. I think it has the width to accommodate a tall fan though:
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Looking at the psu,and knowing it is 150mm wide,it might be a tight fit to get either one of those in.
Does the psu go from one side to the other of the case?

Another option would be the next cooler which is just 150mm tall and a good cooler with good sound qualities from what i know.
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/thermalright-cpu-cooler...

Looking at these pictures it seems the case uses a m-atx motherboard,so one of those would probably fit if you wanted to upgrade without changing the case.You could post a picture of the back side to be sure.
Another case wouldn't have to cost that much,so keep your mind open for that.
January 11, 2014 3:15:28 PM

No there's a good 2cm of free space width wise from the PSU. I have a replacement PSU to go in (650w jobby) and it is a fair bit bigger than the one I have - but does fit.

You think the motherboard is M-ATX? It's an acer frx780m but I can't actually find any info on it. OT I know but maybe that would explain why I'm struggling to find a replacement that will fit! All the more to get a new case. OT Again but are these pricey? It's got 4 ram slots, but only 3 Expansion slots (PCI-E & PCI x 2)
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January 11, 2014 4:24:39 PM

calza said:
No there's a good 2cm of free space width wise from the PSU.

You have to take into account the thickness of the motherboard+spacers+cpu socket.


calza said:

I have a replacement PSU to go in (650w jobby) and it is a fair bit bigger than the one I have - but does fit.

That's probably length wise,the width should be the same.


calza said:

You think the motherboard is M-ATX? It's an acer frx780m but I can't actually find any info on it. OT I know but maybe that would explain why I'm struggling to find a replacement that will fit! All the more to get a new case. OT Again It's got 4 ram slots, but only 3 Expansion slots (PCI-E & PCI x 2)

Yes i think it's a m-atx size board,that's probably why it has the "M" after the 780.
It is indeed difficult to find info on it.

You could make a system specs list by using the next program,
hwinfo32
open the program,click "run",close the "system summary" which is the top window,
in the next window you can click "save report",
a new window will open,
check=dot "short text report" and click next,
after this a list of specs will be opened with maybe extra info about your motherboard.
If it gives more info you might find out more about the motherboard that way=google.

calza said:

OT Again

I really don't know what you mean with;"OT".

calza said:

but are these pricey?

About the price of a m-atx motherboard,they come as cheap or expensive as you want them to be.That has to do with what you want from them in terms of socket/cpu/chipset/expandability=for instance 1xpciex16 slot or 2xpciex16slots,etc.
http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/motherboard/#sort=a8&f=7

January 11, 2014 4:28:03 PM

Sorry, OT means off topic. I really am digressing from my original issue :) 

Really appreciate your input though thanks. I'll have a look around at new cases I think to kick off with, should allow me to get any cooler without worry, better airflow and the option to upgrade to ATX when the time comes!
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January 12, 2014 3:08:48 AM

It's up to you,with the thermalright you will have a cooler that will probably fit any standard atx case with its hight of just 150mm and it's a good cooler and not to loud too.
It's quite easy to put on too,i have its bigger brother the HR-02 macho and it was very easy to attach.
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January 12, 2014 3:41:04 AM

If you want to future proof your cooling solution, you'll want one that can cope with every processor even when overclocked, you'll want it to be quiet and you'll want it to have a decent warranty and awesome customer support. Enter Noctua NH-D14. No idea what it cost in pounds though.
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January 12, 2014 11:12:03 AM

That or a Corsair H60, they can fit in just about any micro/mini case, and they use outside air, so the lack of airflow present in every one of those cases isn't an issue. They have a 5 year warranty, too.
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January 12, 2014 11:33:20 AM

I have a corsair h60 i highly recommend it, as i suggested as the 2nd comment
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January 12, 2014 11:37:56 AM

I've got a 4100 at 4.6ghz running under 60c overnight with a push/pull H60.
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