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I don't even overclock and it's an athlon II x4. I just want something decent that will stop temps from going past like 45 degrees. Preferably something quiet and easy to install, I know of the hyper 212 but I feel like that shouldn't really be necessary for a stock-clocked athlon II.
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The Hyper 212+ is the best price/performance cooler in the market, however, if you're going to run at stock, I'd stay on stock cooler...

Why not grab an Hyper 212+ and so some slight OC?
    
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Honestly, stock cooler used to be fine. 45 degrees on max load. Now when I play something intensive like bad company 2 it slowly creeps up to like 60 degrees over half an hour or so. I actually thought it was related to my GPU exhausting into my case, but now I have a 570 which is external exhaust and it didn't affect the CPU temps at all.
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Honestly, stock cooler used to be fine. 45 degrees on max load. Now when I play something intensive like bad company 2 it slowly creeps up to like 60 degrees over half an hour or so. I actually thought it was related to my GPU exhausting into my case, but now I have a 570 which is external exhaust and it didn't affect the CPU temps at all.
I'd consider re-mounting the stock cooler with new thermal paste then, 60ºC for gaming sounds VERY high at stock clocks/volts.

I wouldn't expect it above 50-55ºC EVER.

There must be something wrong there, what are your room temperatures?
    
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normal room temp, like 70 degrees. the heatsink is clogged with a bit of dust, maybe that's contributing to it?
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normal room temp, like 70 degrees. the heatsink is clogged with a bit of dust, maybe that's contributing to it?
Dust can surely impact the temperatures by a lot in extreme cases. What I would do is, turn off the computer, take the cooler off, clean it, and re-seat it with new thermal paste.

70ºF is a pretty cool room temperature, I have a room temperature of about 83ºF and it's horrible. (The sad thing is, it's cold outside, but if I open the window, mosquitoes will get into my room ).
    
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The CM 212+ is simple cheap, upgradeable(push, pull), and very sexy. You will not be disappointed. Full load temps on a slightly oc'd 640 is 45 degrees.
    
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Yup. It sounds like it's time to clean out the dust bunnies and apply some new thermal paste.
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I looked at the hyper 212+ for a long while and decided on the corsair A50. I could not be happier. My roomate has the same CPU and board as me with the 212+ with 2 fans and he hits 74c on prime 95 load where as I hit 66c with only one fan and higher vcore!

oh and its a tad cheaper....

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