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So I'm using a Zalman CNPS7700-CU on my overclocked e6400, 3.0GHz @ 1.280vcore. It idles at ~46C and loads at nearly 70C with ambients around 25C.

Would it be worth the investment to upgrade to a new HSF? I was thinking a TRUE or a Xigmatek? I know the Tuniq is good as well, but I'm not really a fan of the aesthetics on it. Other suggestions are welcome, I just hear a lot of praise for these.

Thanks for your help,
~Z
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Those are both great coolers. The Zalman 9700 is also a good one as well.
Yes, it would be worth the investment if you are wanting to OC the crap out of that bad boy .
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I would go for the TRUE.
 
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Most people here will say yes, I would say yes as well. You could easily push your e6400 to 3.2 and above, with a better cooler. Than again will you notice an increase? Yes. Will it be dramatic like going from 2.13 to 3.0? No.

Some suggested coolers are like always, the TRUE, xigmatek, and the Noctua.
The true is the king, but cost 60$ without a fan, but this means you can put a quiet fan, or an insanely loud fan, that drops your temps even more.

The xigmatek is getting pretty awesome reviews, but comes with a dinky fan. For ~40$, the fan should be of no problem upgrading.

As for the noctua, the fan pushes a good CFM, but is insanely quiet. The fan it comes with is worth 20$ alone. check out my review, here:

http://www.overclock.net/air-cooling...a-nh-u12p.html
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OCZ Vendetta 2 for $30 after rebate and matches a lapped/modded TRUE on performance

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A lot of people here are going to say YEHHH SURREEE go for the cooler no worrriess. Thing is you already have that CPU at a decent core clock and you have to hope that motherboard allows to push it further as well. Even with a better cooler you might only get an extra 300mhz out of it which in my books is not worth the extra money. If you think you NEED that 300mhz or so then sure why not but for example I would not go to something like water cooling on mine knowing that I would probably only be able to get it up to 4.1ish if I'm lucky. 3.7ghz is already and overkill for the stuff that I do and I only ever use the full processing power when I'm in CoD4 and Crysis.

So the question is really will that extra power be used properly by you?
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Even if it doesn't allow for more OC, it should make your CPU run cooler, which is always nice imo.
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A lot of people here are going to say YEHHH SURREEE go for the cooler no worrriess. Thing is you already have that CPU at a decent core clock and you have to hope that motherboard allows to push it further as well. Even with a better cooler you might only get an extra 300mhz out of it which in my books is not worth the extra money. If you think you NEED that 300mhz or so then sure why not but for example I would not go to something like water cooling on mine knowing that I would probably only be able to get it up to 4.1ish if I'm lucky. 3.7ghz is already and overkill for the stuff that I do and I only ever use the full processing power when I'm in CoD4 and Crysis.

So the question is really will that extra power be used properly by you?
Yeah, I agree. I've had my 6420 upto 3.4 for max benchies but run it @ 3.0 for everyday use. Going to 3.2 which is easily doable with the right volts will not get you that much more so you will barely notice. But your load temps are @ 70C which is high. If you plan to get a new cpu soon, I would say hold off on the cooler for now but if you plan to stay with the 6400 for a while, then upgrade and get either a Vendetta2 or Xigmatek (or smaller Vendetta/Xigmatek if the larger ones don't fit your case) because running at 70C will shorten the life of your cpu a bit in the longer run.

Another option is to improve your case flow. When I had the stock Intel cooler I added 2 fans and got rid of most grills and my temps came down by about 6C....so that may work for you in the short run too.
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I do intend on taking the overclock farther if I can, I'm one of those people who tries to get the most out of his hardware without blowing things up. I just can't see the point when my temps are going to soar with my current HSF. I also intend on keeping this computer around for a while, even for so much as a second box when I build my new rig. The TRUE can mount any 120 fan with the included hardware, yes? I'd want quiet fans, my computer is just too loud to leave on 24/7 right now.

I'm also looking to upgrade the lame case fans I have, any suggestions for good, quiet fans? My Armor Jr.* has a 120 intake and a 120 exhaust. There's also a 90mm side panel fan hole, but I could care less if there's a fan there or not.

*would this case even fit the aforementioned coolers?

Thanks,
~Z
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So I'm looking at the Noctua NH-U12P, and I see a really decent cooler. I'm thinking this is the cooler I want to upgrade to; it performs well, and seems to be very quiet. I don't see many people using them on here though. Is there a reason for that? Or is the Noctua just not popular?
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