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post #1 of 10
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I'm looking to upgrade from my current Xigmatek Gaia 3 heatpipe HDT cooler. I'm not looking to go crazy with overclocking, which is why I'm not opting for something like the DH-14 or Silverarrow. I need something that performs very good (better than my current) but isn't overkill (or as pricey).

I also want something that is 0-maintenance and will last as long as the PC (which is why I'm going air-cooled and not suggesting the Corsair H50.) I was actually going to get the Scythe Mugen 2 (Rev.b) but that was discontinued...

Which one of these would be better for a 2500k? Or is there a better cooler in the same ($60-$70ish) price range? Also I forgot to mention, but I do have Vengeance memory so clearance may be an issue depending on the cooler.
Edited by EliteGamer83 - 8/19/11 at 10:12pm
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post #2 of 10
A lot of 2500Ks aren't able to go past 4.5GHz without big increases to the vcore. Chances are you'd be wasting your money for no gains in performance (Assuming you're a gamer).
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Well right now, current OC and cooler, I hit 82C or so during Prime95... During gaming though my temps stay anywhere between the low/mid 50's and occasionally peak in the mid 60's.

Do you suggest trying more case cooling then? Instead of upgrading my CPU cooler? I have the CM 690 ii (advanced) with all the default cooling fans/positions.
Edited by EliteGamer83 - 8/20/11 at 7:28am
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post #4 of 10
Mid 60's during typical usage is fine. If you really want a better cooler that doesn't have problems with RAM clearance then you'll want to look at the Thermalright Archon. Personally I suggest you set the money aside to save up for an ATI 7000/NVIDIA 700 series video card in the future. You can definitely improve on you case's stock cooling configuration. The stock configuration is so bad. You'll probably be able to shave off about 6c load temps.
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Wow, the Archon looks... amazing. Definitely not cheap though.
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Antec 620 for $50? 1-2 degrees of the D14
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Antec 620 for $50? 1-2 degrees of the D14
The 920 might get within 1-2C of the D14 but not the 620
    
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I didn't really want to go for water cooling, because I want something that will last as long as the PC without any maintenance. Yes, I know they are designed to work for years without fail, and my PC will most likely be "obsolete" by the time it does quit.

But I would rather have a cooling solution that doesn't rely on a radiator/pump to keep the CPU from overheating.

Also, I know this sounds like a dumb question but; do some of these heatsink manufacturers charge more because they know a specific cooler works well/has high demand. Or do they charge according to the materials? Because looking at the Archon cooler, there really isn't much to it as far as actual metal parts. I mean, the HR-02 has far more mass and it's cheaper (but it doesn't cool as efficiently.)
Edited by EliteGamer83 - 8/20/11 at 5:44pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by EliteGamer83 View Post
I didn't really want to go for water cooling, because I want something that will last as long as the PC without any maintenance. Yes, I know they are designed to work for years without fail, and my PC will most likely be "obsolete" by the time it does quit.

But I would rather have a cooling solution that doesn't rely on a radiator/pump to keep the CPU from overheating.

Also, I know this sounds like a dumb question but; do some of these heatsink manufacturers charge more because they know a specific cooler works well/has high demand. Or do they charge according to the materials? Because looking at the Archon cooler, there really isn't much to it as far as actual metal parts. I mean, the HR-02 has far more mass and it's cheaper (but it doesn't cool as efficiently.)
It's more expensive because it performs like the big coolers that obscure your motherboard while being so thin that it clears all RAM slots. Also the surface area is 1.6 times larger than the Venemous X (which by itself was a godlike cooler). It's quite a special cooler.

The heatpipes are also a new unique design designed the distribute the heat as evenly across the heatsink as possible. If you look at the spacing between the heatsink and the heat pipes you'll notice a pattern. This pattern is what controls the heat distribution which is crucial for such a tall cooler.
post #10 of 10
Newest review that compares all the main competitors, here.

Generally, buy low profile RAM - or RAM like Dominators where you can remove the coxcomb - and buy a Silver Arrow or D14. If you're wedded to high profile RAM, get an Archon.

The price difference between the best and the next best, once you figure in fans, is negligible. Buy the best so temps will not be what holds back what you do.
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