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My i7 stock runs at around 70C with about 5% load. I'm looking for a cpu cooler that can lower these temps for about $50. Many recommend the Mugen 2 but it is discontinued however the SCMG-3000 is available. There has not been many reviews on this cooler though. How does it perform? The XIGMATEK Dark Knight also seems good. Which one should I get or are there better alternatives?
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Is it for the rig in your sig?

I notice it says xps? i assumed its the dell prebuilt.

Just by a cooler master 212+ as it is a good cooler and if its prebuilt you can't OC anyway
 
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Megahalem, 212+, A70, Vemonous X, TRUE.
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post #4 of 10
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Is it for the rig in your sig?

I notice it says xps? i assumed its the dell prebuilt.

Just by a cooler master 212+ as it is a good cooler and if its prebuilt you can't OC anyway
This. One of the best bang for your buck coolers.

You can also get a Corsair H50 for about 50 bucks if you can find them.
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A stock i7 920 has full load temp of around 74-77C under stock Intel cooler. But your stock 920 with only 5% load has 70C? Something is not right for your system.

If your system is a Dell XPS with an i7 920, then I am almost certain that the Dell heatsink is not a whimpy one. It should be much better than the stock Intel one. Dell does not use cheap CPU cooler for their XPS line with i7 920, AFAIK.

The only likely reason for such high temp (5% load is almost like idling) is:- the currently installed heatsink has bad contact and/or the thermal paste has dried up and/or the fins are totally clogged up with dust.

Solution:- Just take it out + reapply thermal paste + clean out all dust and then remount it properly. This should take it back to an idling temp of around 35C.

If you do want to get an aftermarket cooler, then I suggest Corsair A70 as your budget is US$50. A70 is currently selling at US$35 (after MIR) at Newegg.
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megahalem best for that money
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Yes it is for my sig rig but I would like to upgrade to a better mobo also so I want a heatsink I can use in the future too. The one being used right now is just a big tube with a fan above the cpu. It is not very efficient. The coolers mentioned are over my budget and the A70 is $50 on newegg. I might just go with that one.
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Something has to be wrong with the mounting of your current cooler.
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If you want a new mb you may have to get a new case also and maybe a new psu.

In my experiance with dell i hard e520 good looking pc but it is a btx case that dell uses. This meant when using a dual slot gpu it didnt fit the second part of the gpu was faceing up. Also if you power a new mb in it would face the wrong side.

If you look at you pc if it opens on the left your new mb will fit if it open right it will not.

I hope Makes sense if you have and questions just ask.


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post #10 of 10
You should try re-seating with new thermal paste before upgrading your cooler or anything else. I had my 920 running on the stock cooler temporarily and it was easily sufficient to cool the 920 on stock clocks and I was even able to overclock a little bit. If you still want to upgrade your cooling you could get the 212+.

I just got a new i7 920 and I seated my mugen 2 poorly (I don't know why I was so careless) and I was hitting 50c idle and 90c load on stock clocks. After taking the time to properly spread a thin layer of thermal paste on my cpu, I was able to OC from 2.66ghz to 3.8ghz with load temps that never exceed 70c. Good thermal paste/application/mounting really makes all the difference.
Edited by revamper - 8/9/11 at 12:03pm
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