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Best AM3 CPU cooler (<$50) for Phenom II X4 955 @ 4GHz

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I'm looking to see what kind of temps I can get with a sub-$50 Air cooler with my Phenom II X4 955 running at around 4GHz. I don't know if this question has been asked recently, I hope i'm not clogging up the forum with this noobish question. I've thought about the Scythe Ninja 3 Rev B cooler, it looks beefy, but i'm looking to get something that will give the the best bang for my buck. 2cents.gif
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i'd bet a cm 212 evo with a second fan would get you there. Motherboard is important as well however, what board are you using?
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i'd bet a cm 212 evo with a second fan would get you there. Motherboard is important as well however, what board are you using?
Oh i'll be using an ASUS M5A99X EVO R2
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Originally Posted by Cannon19932006 View Post

i'd bet a cm 212 evo with a second fan would get you there. Motherboard is important as well however, what board are you using?

I would have to agree with the 212. I have seen some pretty darn good temps on that cooler (with the second fan). That get's my vote. thumb.gif
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This seems true from reviews, about 2c better under load.
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Hmm, I think i'd go with the CM 212 evo, right? I like the idea of keeping it to coolermaster, and its great when I can use a 120MM fan with it. I have two 90mm fans on my 90mm cooler, and they suck. they get noisy at full speed and there isnt that much surface area to work with being that it's only 90mm. I have two spare 120mm fans, so even if I got a bare heatsink with no fans, it would work fine for me. I'd just want to come up with two more 120mm fans after that, since those two are being used on the case. How about this final question: What 120mm (coolermaster preferably) cooler can give me the lowest temps and cost less than $50?
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Ohey, what's this? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186066
Also, go down in the reviews and look at this guy's testimony: (ReBeL)
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Pros: Great cooler, the price was right, bought it someplace else, as they did not carry it at the egg ...... I have used this for over a year now. I also have a Spire Eclipse but use this one instead. GLAD to see the Egg has it now !

Cons: LARGE, not for all rigs

Other Thoughts: This cooler is really nice, I got mine at another dealer because at the time they did not have it here. It does a decent job at keeping the CPU cool, but when you start adding fans WOW ! This cooler is big enough to add two 120mm fans on either side. I have them strapped on with a series of 4 cable ties making a nice square. It does a terrific job ! It is keeping my 955 BE 3.2 over clocked to 4.2 at a nice 35 C at idle I have never seen it go over 65 C with a load on it. Usually never goes over 60 loaded.
I'm like 'WOW, srsly? 35C idle @ 4.2GHz? I couldn't get 4.1GHz stable with out raising the Vcore too high for my cooler. '
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ID go with the enermax that was linked earlier.



http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Arctic-Cooling-Freezer-XTREME-Rev-2-CPU-Cooler-Review/1301/6 According to this review the arctic u linked isnt that great :/
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