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$30-$50 to spend on a CPU HSF

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Whats my best choice for my price range? I do prefer to spend less than more but I would like to overclock to 3.2 - 3.5. I know there will be different opinions, but I'd like to hear everyones and then I'll go read some more info based on those opinions so I can make a final decision.

I'm not at home right now and I cant check but I can swear I remember that my CPU_FAN connector on my ASUS P5B Deluxe mobo was 4 pin. Can anyone out there confirm this? I see alot of the HSF's are 3 pin, so this is another reason why I'm asking. I want to be able to monitor my RPMs and use my ASUS Q-Fan feature. I'm just using the stock HSF that came with my C2D e6420 for now

Thanks in advance to everyone who responds.
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Just about all CPU fan connectors are 4 pin, because stock intel coolers use 4 pin, for speed control or monitoring or something. But 3 pin works fine with it.

Here is a good mid range cooler, right in your budget.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835186134
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FOr a classic one: Thermaltake Big Typhoon at 40 bucks plus shipping on newegg.

For a hardcore air cooler, Tuniq Tower, which is currently rated the best air cooler at 64$ plus shipping.

EDIT: when seated correctly, there shouldnt be a big difference between the two, the Tuniq would lead by about 2-5 degrees, but both can take you to your max overclock on air. I got mine to 3.5GHZ with a big typhoon

The artic cooler suggested above is great because it spits the air to the back of the case, and if you have an exhaust fan, great for evacuating it.
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FOr a classic one: Thermaltake Big Typhoon at 40 bucks plus shipping on newegg.

For a hardcore air cooler, Tuniq Tower, which is currently rated the best air cooler at 64$ plus shipping.

EDIT: when seated correctly, there shouldnt be a big difference between the two, the Tuniq would lead by about 2-5 degrees, but both can take you to your max overclock on air. I got mine to 3.5GHZ with a big typhoon

The artic cooler suggested above is great because it spits the air to the back of the case, and if you have an exhaust fan, great for evacuating it.
Ah i thought his budget was only $40 lol.

The Big Tyhpoon is $50 shipped at newegg, not $40.
But now that i know it is in your budget, it is a good choice.
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Just about all CPU fan connectors are 4 pin, because stock intel coolers use 4 pin, for speed control or monitoring or something. But 3 pin works fine with it.

So I'm guessing when I connect a 3pin to a 4 pin I just have to match up the ground wire to the ground pin to get the correct 3 pins? The black wire is usually the ground right?
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There is only one way that it will fit.

It's idiot proof, don't worry about it.

You will see when you try to plug in a 3 pin to the CPU 4 pin connector, it's arranged in such a way taht it works the same for both 3 pin and 4 pin.
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FOr a classic one: Thermaltake Big Typhoon at 40 bucks plus shipping on newegg.

For a hardcore air cooler, Tuniq Tower, which is currently rated the best air cooler at 64$ plus shipping.

EDIT: when seated correctly, there shouldnt be a big difference between the two, the Tuniq would lead by about 2-5 degrees, but both can take you to your max overclock on air. I got mine to 3.5GHZ with a big typhoon

The artic cooler suggested above is great because it spits the air to the back of the case, and if you have an exhaust fan, great for evacuating it.
you need to read up more, the tuniq is beat by the TR ultra-120 extreme and the enzotech ultra-x

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