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The Mugen 2 is the best in it's price point by far. I'm running it on an x3 720 @ 3.7ghz with around 1.45v and it only hits about 45C load with the stock fan. If you want to spend more than that you could go with the Thermalright Archon or Venomous X. I like my NH-D14 but if I didn't get it for so cheap used, I probably would've got the Archon. Look at the review
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Anything that I dont have to take my mobo out to do? im guessing not lol
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Anything that I dont have to take my mobo out to do? im guessing not lol
That depends. Do you have a window in the mb tray behind your cpu? All the good coolers require access to the back of your mb.

If you have to remove your mb anyway, you can get the Mugen 2. Just have a friend to help you install it. The best way is to put it upside down on a table and put the mb on the cooler.

I have a Megahalems. Lovely mount. But you will need fans, which adds to the cost. See item 1 in my sig for my study of various fans on the Mega.

VX is about the same in performance, but the center mounting screw can cause the heatsink to feel loose - it can rotate - when tightened.

Noctua D14 is fabulous, with the most secure and easiest mounting system I have yet seen. Reasonably quiet, but performs better with higher perfomance (ie - louder) fans.

Silver Arrow is a fraction of a degree cooler and several dB quieter than the D14. But it shares its mounting system with the VX. Best to leave the center screw untightened.

Archon is currently the best cooler, especially with a second TY-140 (worth buying: they are inexpensive and great fans). Because it uses the same TY-140 as the SA, it is very quiet.

You pays your money and you takes your chances.
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