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I am buying a after market cooler for my cpu and I was woindering which of these coolers will probably give the best results:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118003

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835106061

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103165

I am very much in favor of quiet preformance but I am willing to give up on noise for ability to overclock.
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buy a tuniq tower and lap it, it'll be better than any of those listed.
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...oducts_id=3804
You may consider waiting for it to become a little more available considering most sites don't have them in stock right now, that's why the price is a little higher at performance-pcs.
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If that is all you can afford right now I would go with high end air...Those cheap water coolers wont cool as well as air....You need too go at least $150.00 - $200.00 for water cooling, unless you want to look for used parts..

I think Snerp said the Scythe air coolers are good, I think thats how you spell it.....
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The Scythe Infinity is very nice. If you want to go used parts let me know and I'll start digging through my favorite forums for you
    
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Do not go with the "mini water" thing. No one I know has even been very pleased with any of the various brands and models they tried.

I have one of those Zalman coolers, the one in the top link. Very, very quiet and kept my 3200 with 1.6 volts runing through it at around 40° under a full load. When I upped to this dual core 4200 with 1.575 volts on the v-core it kept it around 70° under a full load. Which may shock some, but is just 5° over AMD spec. Was only like that for two weeks till I did a custom water job. And yeah...you'll need to be prepared to spend $200 if your going water...even with old parts. Half the time some morons are paying more for their water blocks off ebay then they could a brand new one online (Apogees any way...).

Though after I got it done it keeps my CPU at 35° with the radiator fans on...45° with the fans off which gives me a nearly completely silient system...just a power supply and one case fan (though normally run 4 case fans and two on the radiator...just cool to see how quiet I can get it. I also have a one gallon resivor in my loop that help this out.)
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post #6 of 7
Water aint cheap. But the initial investment sounds like its worth it. I say sounds like since I just spent all of my spending money on water and I'm still short for the CPU waterblock(Stinger Standard). That money should be coming in shortly. But for everything I bought to cool my CPU(buying soon) and my GPU and my NB(air cooler but i'd thought I would add it to my list of WC stuff) was about 440 dollars with shipping! You could definitely go cheaper but you might as well save up and throw top of the line in now and have it lasting for a few years. And as Snerp stated earlier for me, Walking and ramen here i come!
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post #7 of 7
As already stated:

High-end air > low-mid end water.

Most any tower will be sufficient (Tuniq, Scythe, Noctua...)

A RELIABLE water cooling system will cost you at least a couple o' hundred bucks. A high-end tower cooler about 60.

...and lapping helps...A LOT!
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