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I've been considering getting a new aircooler to replace my stock 8350 cooler. I've decided on the Xigmatek Gaia for two reasons : Fair cooling over my stock cooler and the Gaia is comparable to the 212+. Price is 20 bucks. thumb.gif So, that being said. The fan it starts with is an 800-1500 RPM fan which is pretty silent. I want to set up dual fans for push/pull (provided this will be the most efficient set up). What fans would be cost effective and offer better cooling? The stock fans move 56.3 CFM
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You are not making sense/cents. $20 for cooler than spend another $25-35 for fans? lmaosmiley.gif

Why not buy a better cooler for $45-50?

I'm guessing you have about 160mm CPU clearance? Once I know the CPU to sidecover clearance I can make some recommendations.
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A better estimate would be ~150, 158 would be the available space without my window. I added in a 3-layer acrylic window design that with mounting and everything is approximately 5cm 5mm thick and I wanted a small bit of clearance between the heatsink and the window. I understand what you mean about not making sense about my cents. I chose the Xigmatek Gaia for 20 dollars because it is extremely close to the Hyper 212+ and EVO which cost a little more. I'm planning on watercooling this fall so I wasn't wanting to really put too much into the CPU cooler. I am open to suggestions if you have some around 40-50 since that is what I would be spending on new fans anyway. Also, I would like some suggestions of good 120mm CPU fans as well. biggrin.gif Just to cover all of my bases.

EDIT: Also, airflow in my case is not a problem. Even with my stock cooler I stay 45-46C on most real time load.
Edited by Terrere - 4/19/13 at 8:55am
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which is ur budget for a heatsink?
  
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A better estimate would be ~150, 158 would be the available space without my window. I added in a 3-layer acrylic window design that with mounting and everything is approximately 5cm thick and I wanted a small bit of clearance between the heatsink and the window. I understand what you mean about not making sense about my cents. I chose the Xigmatek Gaia for 20 dollars because it is extremely close to the Hyper 212+ and EVO which cost a little more. I'm planning on watercooling this fall so I wasn't wanting to really put too much into the CPU cooler. I am open to suggestions if you have some around 40-50 since that is what I would be spending on new fans anyway. Also, I would like some suggestions of good 120mm CPU fans as well. biggrin.gif Just to cover all of my bases.

EDIT: Also, airflow in my case is not a problem. Even with my stock cooler I stay 45-46C on most real time load.
Thermalright True Spirit 120M is 4pipes & 145mm tall and $29.95 free shipping
http://www.nansgaminggear.net/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=TS-120M

Even better is
Thermalright Macho 120 is 5pipes & 150.15mm tall and $36.95 with free shipping
http://www.nansgaminggear.net/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=MACHO-120

Those are the only 2 off the top of my head but there are probably more out there.
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see these

hyper 212+ 120 x 79.7 x 158.5 mm (L x W x H)
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Plus-RR-B10-212P-G1/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1366380998&sr=8-1&keywords=212%2B

tranquilo 74 (l) x 125 (w) x 153 (h)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835426023

Titan Fenrir 124 x 107 x 156 mm
http://www.amazon.com/Titan-TTC-NK85TZ-1156-backplate-Fenrir/dp/B001N3UOKY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1366381888&sr=8-1&keywords=titan+fenrir

NT to copy my editing message while I was writing measures thumb.gif
Edited by PontiacGTX - 4/19/13 at 8:27am
  
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Don't believe any of these will fit in the CPU clearance spec he listed
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A better estimate would be ~150, 158 would be the available space without my window. I added in a 3-layer acrylic window design that with mounting and everything is approximately 5cm thick and I wanted a small bit of clearance between the heatsink and the window.
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The Macho looks a bit large and might conflict with my RAM. I'll look into the True Spirit. thumb.gif Thanks. The Gaia under load is about 6C hotter than the True Spirit according to this review.

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Fenrir >tranquilo=212+
Edited by PontiacGTX - 4/19/13 at 7:42am
  
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which is ur budget for a heatsink?

As cheap as possible, I don't plan on overclocking until I get my full watercooling installed, but that is several months away and I would like to avoid spending a terribly high amount on a cooler I'm going to replace in a couple of months. I just don't want to hear 6000 RPMs of cooling from the stock cooler. It does a fair job of cooling, just want something better.

Looking at a True Spirit for short term. Those you listed look like good coolers, but I'm afraid the height is just a bit out of the range I'm looking for.
Edited by Terrere - 4/19/13 at 7:55am
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