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Well I just bought some Gelid GC Extreme TIM from SVC thinking/hoping that will drop my temps which are just way to high. When I was clocked at 3.6Ghz I was fine, but now I went to 3.8Ghz (didn't need to change the voltages at all... I'm still stable), but my idle is higher than I'm comfortable with and so is my full load, obviously. Its been getting higher and higher latley, even without the small overclock I did it, I think becuase my TIM is old and needs to be redone.

I have a feeling this Gelid GC isn't going to give me the performance change I want (not that its bad.. just I know my CPU cooler really sucks). I'm thinking about getting a new one (mainly becuase I'm geting antsy and even though I ordered that TIM from SVC two days ago it still hasn't shipped...). I do care about performance, but I also care about asthetics, I don't want a gigantic cooler at all, like the Silver Arrow or NH-D14.

I was looking at the CNPS9900 Max, SpireThermaxII, and the Frio they all seem to perform extremely well (unless HardwareSecrets are not good benchers?). I could order the max, but I don't want to spend that much when it seems the Frio is just as good if not better, and its only 58 dollars on newegg.

I guess what I'm asking is if its worth to upgrade from what I have... which it probably is. Secondly, what are some amazing coolers that aren't super expensive? I know the Hyper 212+ is supposed to be a good budget cooler, but I'd have to buy some really good fans for it. The Frio seems great for its price... but I don't want to order a cooler like I did last time and regret it. Making sure I cover my bases by talking to people that actually know what they are talking about
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post #2 of 24
Well the 212+ is a great cooler and can be had for under $30. I love mine, keeps my I7@3.6ghz with HT idle at 30-35, load in games 50-55.
    
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I just bought a Hyper 212 for 20 bucks at Microcenter. For that price you can't go wrong and it's given me the ability to overclock my C2Q Q6600 to 3.6Ghz. I haven't used it on a 1366, but I am going to be using on my new Sandy i5 2500k when my Z68-UD4 comes in and I feel that it will perform well. I am switching to full on liquid, but until then I will stay with the 212 or maybe get another one to test for my max OC. But not that the 212 isn't good enough. The fan that comes with the 212 is not bad at all, it's not loud, and it's controlled by PWM so it only ramps up if you need it to. For the price it's not bad and I say get the 212 as is and see if that works for you. But the Megahalems is a great cooler I have it and it's top notch and looks amazing (like Transformers logo) but it is very big.

Edit: It's 60USD though. And I forgot, but yeah it doesn't come with fans... maybe not for you then my bad.
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Grab the 212+ the fan is fine make sure to put enough TIM on it's a 3-line/dot method since it's a HDT cooler. The scmg-2100 is also a great budget cooler just a bit bulky
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Alright maybe I will grab that then, its extremely cheap compared to the frio, I could even get fans for it at that price... (I know I dont need one).
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Alright maybe I will grab that then, its extremely cheap compared to the frio, I could even get fans for it at that price... (I know I dont need one).
Don't get new fans I assure you the included one is sufficient. If you are buying fans get another blademaster but do realize the second fan only drops temps about 3 C.
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Don't get new fans I assure you the included one is sufficient. If you are buying fans get another blademaster but do realize the second fan only drops temps about 3 C.
Hmph.. I figured a push/pull system would give better performance even. So whats the average difference between the Frio and 212+?
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Hmph.. I figured a push/pull system would give better performance even. So whats the average difference between the Frio and 212+?
Don't know exact numbers but I don't think the frio is worth it if you only are trying to push 3.8-4 a hyper with correct TIM installation and good case airflow will do the job cheap and effectively
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Yeah.. I'll be hoping to stick at 4.0 if I get a new cooler.
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I'm not sure the Hyper 212+ will handle a 4ghz OC with high summer ambients, might want to consider the best single-tower cooler, Thermalright Archon if you got the cash.
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