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Hey guys, recently got $100 and want to spend it on cooling for my computer. Any ideas? I would like a good CPU Heatsink/fan and maybe some different fans. Any ideas are great! Thanks.
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Should I just spend the extra for liquid cooling?
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post #3 of 6
Well, do you plan on overclocking much?

If you're looking for a budget cooler, go for the Coolermaster Hyper 212+. It has an amazing price/performance ratio.

If you were going to spend 100 on the cpu cooler alone you might want to save up a bit more and try one of the XSPC Rasa kits. I haven't used them myself yet but I've heard great things. Not sure how well it'd fit in your particular case though.

The Hyper 212+ can handle a decent overclock for sure.

Are you running stock fans in your case? 120mm rear, front, and a 230mm side? Couldn't hurt to replace the Thermaltake stock front and back. Maybe two medium-speed Yate Loons?
http://www.jab-tech.com/YATE-LOON-12...d-pr-3770.html
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I'm with ^

Spend a little less money on the AWESOME 212 and then beef it up with good paste and perhaps a couple of upgraded fans... You will never have temp problems. Scythe gentle typhoons are very popular and easy to get. Even just get those 2000~ RPM ones in a push pull configuration and you have an EXCELLENT cooler on your hands.

If you get this sink, however, be careful about the application of thermal paste. There are loads of threads on it but essentially you need to consider the direct heat pipe channels on the base of the sink because they do take in quite a bit of paste. If you do a conventional application you're liable to not cover the whole CPU.

How you prevent that from happening is up to you. Some just put a larger bead on the cpu, others put a VERY thin layer on the base of the sink first, then a bead on the CPU. Everyone has their favourites.
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post #5 of 6
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Wow sounds like some great ideas guys.. If I go with the CoolMaster would you recommmend a different paste? If so what? And also what gentle's would you recommend for the push, pull configuration?

Thanks in advance,
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post #6 of 6
Not a problem.

On my 212+ I used Arctic Cooling's MX-4. Cools like a champ and it's the easiest to spread thermal paste I've ever used.
http://www.mwave.com/mwave/SKUSearch...iteria=AA77217

And as for the Gentle Typhoons I'd recommend the AP-14 (The 1450rpm model). It hits the perfect balance between noise and airflow.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835185091

If you're looking to save a bit you could get just one fan to act as a push fan, see how your temps are and then add another one if need be.
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