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post #1 of 21
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So I built this rig about a month ago now and I really need a good heatsink for my CPU. I just don't think that the stock is acceptable for such a great CPU. I have a $110.00 Budget and would prefer not to have water cooling just because its not really my thing, but if someone could convince me otherwise, that would be awesome. So guys, water or air and which heatsink to choose? Thanks biggrin.gif
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post #2 of 21
Prolimatech genesis.. is the BEST air cooler.
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post #3 of 21
well you could get the h100 which is a sealed unit so you would get some of both worlds. you would get the ease of an air cooler install but with entry level water cooling without the worries of a leakage. if it does leak corsair stands behing their products really well and i have heard of some people getting all damaged components replaced for free but there are very few units that leak. its almost unheard of
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post #4 of 21
there are a few fine choices however it does come down to your goal. if you are looking for insanely heavy OC, then water is pretty much the only choice. however, if you are looking for moderate OC with good everyday usage, then the NH-D14 is highly respected and they provide additional mounting brackets free when a new socket comes out.
post #5 of 21
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Originally Posted by Nifatech;15164793 
Prolimatech genesis.. is the BEST air cooler.

I won't go that far, as there are others that perform as well or better. But it's a good choice and also helps cool the motherboard components down too. And it offers clearance benefits if you have a giant door fan on your case too because of the layout. I could actually move the door fan to it's normal position on my Dragon Rider test case that I review heatsinks in with the Genesis.

BTW, I am presently testing this heatsink right now as I type this, so I do know what I'm talking about.wink.gif

For some other good choices, you might look at the Thermalright MUX120 if you are in the market for a mid priced cooler that gives good ram clearance. For higher priced (and even better performing) options, you also might want to look at the Thermalright Archon, Silver Arrow, Venomous X or TRUE rev. C. For Noctua, the NH-D14 is a very good choice. With Prolimatech, there is also the Megahalems Rev. B, but it doesn't perform as well as the Genesis or the Thermalright of Noctua offerings above. A couple of price/performance offerings to look at would be the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus and the Hyper 212 Evo.

With your budget, you also might want to look at a self-contained water cooling system such as the Corsair H80 too. It's as trouble free as high end air, since it's a sealed system and it works very well. I recently reviewed the H80 and was very impressed with the performance.
post #6 of 21
Get an H100. You won't regret it.
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post #7 of 21
get a H60, H80, H100 . most are under 110$ and your best bet .
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post #8 of 21
silver arrow or d14. If you go with a hydro series cooler you will have to get aftermarket fans to equal the results from stock high end air configurations which will bring you over budget.
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post #9 of 21
Silver Arrow or DH14. Hydro series won't perform as well as high end air cooler (not to mention Hydro series aren't exactly best bang for bucks).
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post #10 of 21
You don't have to spend all of your money on a heatsink. My CM Hyper 212+ with MX-4 TIM cools my 2600K just fine.
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