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Hi, I'm looking for a cooler for my I5 3570k. The problem is I bought a Corsair H90 off Newegg for 50 ( with rebate ) but I'm going to have to return it. It is FAR too large for my case, or motherboard? I have a Corsair 300R, but I think the issue is my motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157297 I just realized how small it is compared to a lot of other motherboards. Anyways, I have to get a 120mm cooler so it will fit and since this is my first time replacing my heat sink and overclocking in general, I needed help to find a good, cheap cooler that can overclock my I5 to at least 4.3GHz. If there is one that can get it to 4.4 or 4.5 that would be better. Thanks a lot for your time guys.
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Does the top of the case support 140mm fan mounts (can't tell from looking at NewEgg page)? If so then the motherboard is the issue. If not then it is the case.

I'll recommend some expensive, high quality 120mm coolers first. A good (and popular) 120mm radiator CLC is the Corsair H80i. It has a thicker rad (38mm), however it only has one fan so you won't have push-pull out of the box. There are other thick rad 120mm CLCs, such as the Thermaltake Water 3.0 Pro or the CM Seidon 120XL, but Corsair has reliability, warranty, and a history of making at least decent CLCs on their side, so I would favor them.

Some cheaper ones might be the Corsair H60/H55/H50, Antec KUHLER 320/620, or CM Seidon 120M/120V.

This is quite a few choices, so I'll just say I prefer Corsair CLCs (not that many companies are challenging them in terms of overall popularity right now), so depending on your budget I would try the H60 or H80i. They have a good warranty and good reviews, so you likely wouldn't regret going with either of those two.
post #3 of 9
Mount the radiator externally, and grab a Corsair H110 or a Swiftech H220.

You'd be better off going with a good 'ol Noctua D14 tower than a single 120mm radiator loop.

What case are you using? Most off the shelf computers these days use tiny cases, and those simply won't due for a water cooling loop.
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I got a refurb h80 from Frys for 40 bucks. Looks totally brand new. Temps are excellent on my i5. 4.7ghz keeps it under 70c. My chip is delidded though.
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What case are you using? Most off the shelf computers these days use tiny cases, and those simply won't due for a water cooling loop.

Read the OP more carefully. He's using a 300R.
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Read the OP more carefully. He's using a 300R.

My bad.

Anyways, OP: You could always go custom loop with 120mm radiators in various places throughout the loop. It looks like you could mount at least 2 120mm radiators, and possibly a 2.120mm radiator.
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post #7 of 9
IDK about a custom loop, he was looking for a good, CHEAP cooler, so a 120mm CLC or a good air cooler would proably be the best options.
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Hey guys, thanks for all the replies. I ended up going with WarpPrisms suggestion with a cheap H60. Thanks again
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Hey guys, thanks for all the replies. I ended up going with WarpPrisms suggestion with a cheap H60. Thanks again

I think you will be happy with the H60, it is a good value CLC. And thanks for the +rep. thumb.gif
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