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I'm new to overclocking. After attempting to OC the devil out of a Phenom II X3 710 and an ECS A780GM-A, I made a few upgrades. I'm now using what is in my sig, but I want to know something. What kind of cooler works best? I'm using a Zalman CNPS7500-CU which works well, but I noticed that some heatsinks are much larger, with a different build (fan is on the side as opposed to the top). Are these coolers better?
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This is a good start.
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I'm new to overclocking. After attempting to OC the devil out of a Phenom II X3 710 and an ECS A780GM-A, I made a few upgrades. I'm now using what is in my sig, but I want to know something. What kind of cooler works best? I'm using a Zalman CNPS7500-CU which works well, but I noticed that some heatsinks are much larger, with a different build (fan is on the side as opposed to the top). Are these coolers better?
Yes, those coolers are better. Do you need one? Only your temps will tell.

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This is a good start.
Nice guide, BG.
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OK. Thanks. I am at 3.7Ghz and my temp came up to 53*C during full torture burn with Prime95. I'm not certain if that is high enough for a fan switch, but a lower temp than that would make me feel more comfortable.
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OK. Thanks. I am at 3.7Ghz and my temp came up to 53*C during full torture burn with Prime95. I'm not certain if that is high enough for a fan switch, but a lower temp than that would make me feel more comfortable.
i dont know alot about amd temps, but generally they do not get as hot as intel chips. with most intel chips 75c or lower is concidered safe(during blend).

one of the amd guys here would be able to tell you if your temps are ok. but if you do end up needing a new cooler, the scythe mugen 2 is a very nice cooler for its price.
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53°C is perfectly fine!
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Elohim, thanks for confirming that. Seems I'm okay and at 3.7Ghz, I'm quite stable and satisfied for now but I am enthusiastic about OCing so I may aim for higher than 3.7ghz.

I like that cooler AliceInChains mentioned, just looked it up and it has heat pipes unlike the one I have. With the one I have, there is just the heatsink and the fan, no heatpipes to absorb the heat and travel it to the sink. I think that's the idea.
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