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A8 5600k stock cooler replacement

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Hi guys

Stock fan and heatsink really struggled during the hot UK summer, so looking for a replacement. PC is mainly used as a htpc and very unlikely that it will ever be overclocked. Using a Fractal Core 3000 with 3 fractal fans 1 front, 1 top and 1 back connected to the Fractal fan controller.

Not looking to spend a great amount so would i be right in thinking that CM 212 evo would be adequate for my needs? Or is there something more suitable in roughly the same price range?
post #2 of 8
the evo is good but quite tall. what case do you have?
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Fractal Design Core 3000. Manuals says its fits coolers with a max height of 160mm
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post #5 of 8
evo is 159mm , which is close but likely fine. There is a certain advantage of having the cooler fill that area of the case in that any air passing by goes through it.

There has been a bit too much hype about the evo, but all it really is, is a cheap 4 pipe 120m tower cooler with a decent (but also not excellent) fan that happens to come with decent paste. (which saves you 8 bucks unless you have good paste lying around)

There are a bunch of other tower coolers inthe same class that provide equivalent performance. It's all about the best deal.
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crucial ct960 LG blu-ray used venamous x win 8.1 pro 
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Crossover 30Q5 PRO 30" 2560X1600  cheapest piece of crud I could find antec HCG 750 some thermaltake microcenter blue-light-special... 
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crucial ct960 LG blu-ray used venamous x win 8.1 pro 
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Crossover 30Q5 PRO 30" 2560X1600  cheapest piece of crud I could find antec HCG 750 some thermaltake microcenter blue-light-special... 
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The TY-140 series on the Thermalright coolers is top notch unlike the Cooler Master fans. Once you add in $10-15 for a decent fan the Thermalright offerings become top notch price/performance.

The True Spirit 120M from Thermalright is only 145mm tall. http://www.thermalright.com/html/products/cpu_cooler/true_spirit_120m.html?panel=1
Macho 120 is 150mm tall http://www.thermalright.com/html/products/cpu_cooler/macho120.html

Many people omit the fan swap from the heatsink cost. For example the Megahalems (and all non-"Basic" coolers) from Prolimatech come with no fans at all. Once you add in a fan or two you could get a more efficient cooler for the same cost.

The only exception to this is if you're going for color aesthetics, in which case Phanteks and Prolimatech Black/Blue/Red edition are your likely go to picks for coolers that have colors.

If you're limited to 160mm then you can go for a Phanteks (with shorter fans) or Noctua NH-D14... the heatsinks are only 160mm tall. The Phanteks PH-TC12DX is 157mm tall also but it's acoustic performance is not as stellar as the PH-TC14PE is (for its size it should compete with NH-U12S /NH-U12P and Macho120 .. or even Silverstone AR03).
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Samsung 950 Pro / 960 Evo / 960 Pro 256GB or 51... Samsung 850 Evo 1TB SSD Storage Black or black+white Twin tower air cooler or s... EK Vardar F2-140 140mm, Phanteks PH-F140SP 140m... 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Fractal Design Dynamic GP14 (included with case) Win 10 Pro 64 bit 4K monitor with Freesync EVGA Supernova G3/P2 750W or 850W 
Case
Fractal Design Define R5 Blackout edition 
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SpecViewperf 12.0.1
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AMD Zen SR7 octocore (Ryzen 7 1700) Overclockable AM4 motherboard X370 To be determined , AMD Vega? 2x8GB DDR4 low-profile or heatsink-less 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Samsung 950 Pro / 960 Evo / 960 Pro 256GB or 51... Samsung 850 Evo 1TB SSD Storage Black or black+white Twin tower air cooler or s... EK Vardar F2-140 140mm, Phanteks PH-F140SP 140m... 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Fractal Design Dynamic GP14 (included with case) Win 10 Pro 64 bit 4K monitor with Freesync EVGA Supernova G3/P2 750W or 850W 
Case
Fractal Design Define R5 Blackout edition 
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post #7 of 8
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Sorry for the late replies. On impulse i went for the EVO in the end, only because i managed to get a new un used one for £15. So if i decided to replace the stock fan or go push/pull total cost would be far off retail.

@AlphaC - I did seriously consider the true spirit but read somewhere that the fan has a slight rattle at lower speeds. I didnt come across the Macho when i was looking for a new cooler:sadsmiley , show that i didnt look properly.
post #8 of 8
hey, if it worked it worked. It;s all about the best deal, and you got a good one.
New gaming rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4770k some mid range asrock. extreme 4 maybe? 2x gigabyte windforce 7950 2 x 8 corsair balistix sport 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
crucial ct960 LG blu-ray used venamous x win 8.1 pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Crossover 30Q5 PRO 30" 2560X1600  cheapest piece of crud I could find antec HCG 750 some thermaltake microcenter blue-light-special... 
MouseMouse PadAudio
came with the cheapass keyboard who cares? some $30 no name 2+sub speakers I bought at mic... 
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New gaming rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4770k some mid range asrock. extreme 4 maybe? 2x gigabyte windforce 7950 2 x 8 corsair balistix sport 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
crucial ct960 LG blu-ray used venamous x win 8.1 pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Crossover 30Q5 PRO 30" 2560X1600  cheapest piece of crud I could find antec HCG 750 some thermaltake microcenter blue-light-special... 
MouseMouse PadAudio
came with the cheapass keyboard who cares? some $30 no name 2+sub speakers I bought at mic... 
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