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Hello everyone,

This is my first time planning to do a serious overclock.
What i'd like to do is to try and overclock my cpu to a stable range of 3.2ghz to 3.4ghz but the higher the better.

id like some recommendations of CPU coolers, preferably under $100, maximum of $200.

I'm still debating on the choice between liquid cooling or air cooling, so I'd like your opinion on that matter as well.

I'm in Canada so if there are any better reliable provider suggestions other than newegg are appreciated, their shipping fees are monstrous for Canada.
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As you're not going for a big OC, air cooling will be sufficient. A coolermaster hyper 212+/evo will be suffice, i think it runs about $30. Here.
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Hello everyone,
This is my first time planning to do a serious overclock.
What i'd like to do is to try and overclock my cpu to a stable range of 3.2ghz to 3.4ghz but the higher the better.
id like some recommendations of CPU coolers, preferably under $100, maximum of $200.
I'm still debating on the choice between liquid cooling or air cooling, so I'd like your opinion on that matter as well.
I'm in Canada so if there are any better reliable provider suggestions other than newegg are appreciated, their shipping fees are monstrous for Canada.


I had alot of problems with the MOBO you currently had but that was way back, hopefully ASUS as updated their bios :|

I found liquid cooling better then air cooling as less noise and better temps. I dont know how much a H100 cost but that was a beast, got my 955BE to 4.6GHZ easy tongue.gif .

If your going for a low spec i will always recommend ECO coolit ALC because you probbely can pick one up for $30 and its pretty good for its price... Im 80% sure its a Canadian company so it should be cheaper in Canada. I picked up mine for £25 tongue.gif
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The 945 cost around $70 USD but your willing to pay over that to keep your CPU cool? $50 is the most I would spend for the overclock you plan on doing (CM EVO that was suggest will be right up there), unless you plan on upgrading to an better CPU in the future.
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RE: AMD Phenom II x4 945 OC

With CM 212 EVO, I could easily take my 945 to 3.8GHz. With stock cooler, 3.5 GHz was not much of a problem even. So yea, go for CM 212 EVO until your next major upgrade.

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Originally Posted by Ishutani View Post

Hello everyone,
This is my first time planning to do a serious overclock.
What i'd like to do is to try and overclock my cpu to a stable range of 3.2ghz to 3.4ghz but the higher the better.
id like some recommendations of CPU coolers, preferably under $100, maximum of $200.
I'm still debating on the choice between liquid cooling or air cooling, so I'd like your opinion on that matter as well.
I'm in Canada so if there are any better reliable provider suggestions other than newegg are appreciated, their shipping fees are monstrous for Canada.

3.4GHz is not a big OC at all though, big would be 4GHz or more. You should be able to hit 3.6-3.8GHz on just a $30 Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. If you get a Corsair H100 (if it fits in your tower) you should be able to hit 4GHz pretty easily too. The majority of Phenom II's top out somewhere around 4.2GHz. Going to 4.6GHz "easily" seems like a stretch. You would have to have a pretty lucky CPU to do so and be stable. Many Phenom II's can POST at 4.5GHz+, but arent stable at those speeds.
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