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Hi all! I'm a budget gamer, and I'm about to pull the trigger on an E7200. I've got a CM Hyper TX2, but I think I'd like to get something else. I'm all about bang for the buck, so I'd like to know a good budget cooler that uses bolts rather than the pushpins (which very nearly made me lose my mind). I'm very greatful for the advice!

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What exactly are you willing to spend?

The Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro is a very good budget cooler and can be had for around $30. The best cooler on the market today is the OCZ Vendetta 2, and that'll cost you about $40 - keep in mind though, that its much better than the TRUE which costs $20 more.
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What exactly are you willing to spend?

The Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro is a very good budget cooler and can be had for around $30. The best cooler on the market today is the OCZ Vendetta 2, and that'll cost you about $40 - keep in mind though, that its much better than the TRUE which costs $20 more.
Unless you decide to lap it, where the TRUE gains an advantage.

And there's also looks For me that counts for a lot, I don'tknow why they don't factor that in.
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Well, I don't technically have a limit. I don't want to run into space issues (i have this case. But, if the AC7 is only marginally less than the vendetta, I'd rather spend 25 and sacrifice that smidge of performance. The AC7 has screws vice pins? Thanks!
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post #5 of 15
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Unless you decide to lap it, where the TRUE gains an advantage.

And there's also looks For me that counts for a lot, I don't know why they don't factor that in.
I disagree. The TRUE looses out to the Vendetta 2 by ~5C, which you are unlikely to loose simply by lapping the cooler.

Besides the TRUE costs $20 more, then another $10-20 for a fan, and then another $10 for lapping materials. The Vendetta 2 stock is much better and will cost nearly half what a lapped TRUE will.


Edit: And you might have trouble fitting a TRUE into that case - I'm not 100% sure, but it is very tall.
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The Vendetta 2 and Tuniq are doing a good job at $40-$50 price range.
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The Vendetta 2 and Tuniq are doing a good job at $40-$50 price range.
Withe the Vendetta 2 and the other direct-contact heatpipe coolers in that price range, I don't think the Tuniq even is worth considering anymore.
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post #8 of 15
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I agree with you pwner, bang for the buck factor. Any thoughts on this one?

If the AC7 has screws and not push pins, I'd probably go with that, as it gets nothing but stellar reviews from all. Looks like it just has push pins though?
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I agree with you pwner, bang for the buck factor. Any thoughts on this one?

If the AC7 has screws and not push pins, I'd probably go with that, as it gets nothing but stellar reviews from all. Looks like it just has push pins though?
the AC7 has push pins, but you could always just remove them and put screws on.
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Time to put my newbness on display... *sigh

How hard is it to take out the pins and put screws in, and what all does it entail?

Heya Lins!

Any thoughts on that Masscool one? I've got a buddy here locally who says it's pretty good, and the egg reviews are good.
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