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Hi, I'm looking for a CPU cooler (around 30 squid). It has to fit my new motherboard (Striker Extreme) and be worthy of taking a CPU to maximum overclock. I've looked about and selected some that I thought were OK. I noted on one site someone mentioned it was good to have a downwards flow to cool the motherboard's cooling 'jungle'. But I'm not too taken by that, the Big Typhoon looked the best to me so I added that anyway...

Arctic Cooling AC-Freezer 7 Pro

Thermaltake Big Typhoon 120VX

Zalman CNPS9500A-LED Aero Flower Socket

Tuniq Tower 120-LFB

I am very much inclined towards the Tuniq Tower How much better is it than the standard? I think the only difference is the bigger fan.
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The TT120 and the BT are both good coolers - but if you decide to get the BT, make sure you get the bolt-on version (the old version), as it's a lot more solid opposed to the plastic clip counterpart. I suggest you get the old version of the TT120 too as you might end up upgrading the fan in either.
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I had the TTBT and it achieved better temps than my brothers TT120 (same processor, I gave him my old one)

Whether it was a mounting flaw I don't know. But all I can say is the performance difference was minimal. So either is a good choice. However I doubt you would get a MAX overclock with either cooler. I and many others have had trouble keeping the C2D's cool with a HSF at about 1.5+ Vcore. You will need to have a pretty damn good airflow set up, and some pretty mint fans coupled with some good cable management.

Of course tour ambients will come into play as well.

My vote goes towards the Tuniq Tower. It has been tried and tested many times and almosty every time it beats the TTBT.
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Hmm, I looked at the Ultra but I only know that the Ultra Extreme version cools well so I skipped it. That price is ok but I don't like the sound levels on that fan :|

As for Max overclock that was just a bit of an exaduration um sp? But I want top notch performance/price. I'll be running the CPU at a clock that won't hurt it's lifetime too much.

Edited by Unstableiser - 7/6/08 at 6:49am
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There are plenty of other fans around - see if you could get something like a Scythe S-Flex second hand

I had a TT120 and it was a pain to install - I simply couldn't get the threaded thumbscrews to catch the thread of the backplate...emailed Tuniq/Sunbeam and never even got a reply back =/
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Yeah True seems like the one I'll choose. I'm willing to up the price of the fan to a tenner...

How do you strap them on Btw?

How are these?

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...%204-Pin%20PWM
Edited by Unstableiser - 7/6/08 at 7:00am
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There are plenty of other fans around - see if you could get something like a Scythe S-Flex second hand

I had a TT120 and it was a pain to install - I simply couldn't get the threaded thumbscrews to catch the thread of the backplate...emailed Tuniq/Sunbeam and never even got a reply back =/
Huh? The TT120 is the easiest thing to install ever. It was easier than my TTBT, and that was simple! My only gripe with all heatsinks is ripping the damn back plate off after you have finished with them.

The Tuniq is the best for the price you lsited, I cannot comment on the Ultra though, that came out after I stopped paying attention to HSF's.
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Yeah True seems like the one I'll choose. I'm willing to up the price of the fan to a tenner...

How do you strap them on Btw?

How are these?

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...%204-Pin%20PWM
I've used AC fans before and they were pretty reasonable, looks like a good deal to me

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Huh? The TT120 is the easiest thing to install ever. It was easier than my TTBT, and that was simple! My only gripe with all heatsinks is ripping the damn back plate off after you have finished with them.

The Tuniq is the best for the price you lsited, I cannot comment on the Ultra though, that came out after I stopped paying attention to HSF's.
I had both a TTBT and a TT120 when I was on 939 - the TTBT was easy to install, no problems, but the TT120 was a right pain. I know I'm not the only one who had problems =/
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