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post #1 of 42
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EDIT
Set on the Coolermaster 212 EVO just need a nice 120 mm blue LED PWM fan to go with it.
Edited by SharpShoot3r07 - 11/25/11 at 9:23pm
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post #2 of 42
Both of those coolers are pretty old... If you have the budget for a tuniq extreme, Megahalem is the deal.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835242001
post #3 of 42
Super happy with my Corsair H80 watercooler. Very affordable and looks cool smile.gif
post #4 of 42
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Originally Posted by LearnIIBurn View Post

Super happy with my Corsair H80 watercooler. Very affordable and looks cool smile.gif

But I can't afford watercooling. Or is that heatsink not require the whole water cooling setup.
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post #5 of 42
I use this, and it seems to also be one of the most popular coolers:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

It's very cheap, yet its efficient. It seems to be a price/performance winner. I am not sure how high you can clock Sandybridge with this, but for my AMD Phenom II cooling is not my limiting factor as my temperatures are maxing out in the mid 40s.
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post #6 of 42
I second the 212+.

It's at an all-time low of $15 AR! You just can't beat that kind of value in CPU coolers nowadays.

It's very well-received. The next definitive tier of air coolers (i.e. ones that are absolutely better than the 212+) pretty much comprise the ones that cost 4-6x as much (Noctua NH-D14, Thermalright Silver Arrow, Thermalright Archon, Thermalright HR-02 Macho, Prolimatech Megahalems, et alia).
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Are there any decent ones out there that don't cost a ton but also look visually appealing? The reason I linked the SpinQ in my first post was basically because of the look. I had no idea how it's performance was.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SharpShoot3r07 View Post

Are there any decent ones out there that don't cost a ton but also look visually appealing? The reason I linked the SpinQ in my first post was basically because of the look. I had no idea how it's performance was.

Depends.


Air cooling efficiency and engineering have arrived at tower-style coolers, and generally your options are limited to whatever looks the best among those.

With few exceptions (horizontal coolers like the Noctua NH-C14, Zalman's latest CNPS12X), air-cooling HSFs that deviate too far from the winning formula perform like garbage.
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post #9 of 42
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The Coolermaster 212 plus sounds like the best choice but I can't get over the fact at how plain it looks.

What's the difference between the 212 vs the 212 plus apart from the 212 having a blue LED fan.
Edited by SharpShoot3r07 - 11/25/11 at 5:37pm
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post #10 of 42
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So if I buy the 212 plus can't I just buy a 120mm fan and it should just clip on? If so then I think that's what i'll do.
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