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Tomorrow im going to pick up my i5 2500k at Microcenter and im just lost on which cooler to get. There is so much information out there - its overwhelming.

Budget: around 50

Im looking at the Thermalright MUX120 and the Thermaltake Frio mainly. Are those my 2 best choices?

If I can get a Corsair H50 for $40 would that be a better choice?

Any advice would be appreciated before tomorrow morning.
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post #2 of 16
I looked at that Thermalright unit for a while, and so I will say that I think that the Thermaltake Frio is superior. I know we're not talking about the OCK one either!

I mean, I have the Frio, and I am very impressed by it. It makes me feel like I made the right choice without question.
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post #3 of 16
The frio is a good choice. The H50 is not. Just my .
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post #4 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by jfuze View Post
Tomorrow im going to pick up my i5 2500k at Microcenter and im just lost on which cooler to get. There is so much information out there - its overwhelming.

Budget: around 50

Im looking at the Thermalright MUX120 and the Thermaltake Frio mainly. Are those my 2 best choices?

If I can get a Corsair H50 for $40 would that be a better choice?

Any advice would be appreciated before tomorrow morning.
Where can you get an H50 for 40???
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post #5 of 16
Buy as many H50s as you can if you found them for $40. I'll take them off your hands and give you something to compensate you for your time
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post #6 of 16
Get the H50 or Frio, you can't go wrong with either.
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post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by HybridCore View Post
The frio is a good choice. The H50 is not. Just my .
This, this, and more this.
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post #8 of 16
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Ok, so the Frio over the Thermalright MUX120?

Frio has a $20 rebate, so it will only end up costing me $40 which isnt bad.
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post #9 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by jfuze View Post
Ok, so the Frio over the Thermalright MUX120?

Frio has a $20 rebate, so it will only end up costing me $40 which isnt bad.
When I looked at the MUX120, it just looks to me like it would have an inferior performance to the Frio due to less surface area (smaller heatsink), thinner heatpipes, and less heatpipes.

I got my Frio for $49.99 shipped, so $40 after a rebate is almost a steal!
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Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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post #10 of 16
frio is a good choice
some other good choices from microcenter are: (not sure if thats where you plan to get the cooler)

All are under $50
hyper 212+
corsair A50
xigmatek dark knight

Things that are just a little above $50
corsair a70 $59.99
Coolermaster V8 $59.99
TT Frio $59.99

thats about it for the ones I knew about
   
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