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I'm looking for a decent top down cooler on my 2nd/backup rig. I'd prefer one with a 120mm fan. Looking for a good mix of performance and low noise. This is on a 775 setup, btw.

First, does anyone know a site that has reviewed a bunch of these top down coolers for a nice comparison?

I now the Noctua is supposed to be one of the best, but I can't spend that much. I'm looking for something preferably under $50.

So far, I came up with:

Cooler Master Gemini
Scythe Shuriken Rev B (only 100mm fan)
Scythe SCSMZ-2000 (only 92mm fan)
Scythe SCRT-1000
Xigmatek HDT-D1284

Thermalright has the AXP-140 RT. I don't even know what it sells for and if its any good at all.

Any suggestions/input?
Edited by Blacklac - 2/20/11 at 11:54am
    
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post #2 of 19
Scythe Big Shuriken SCBSK-1000 120mm CPU Cooler
$34.99 on newegg

or


Antec KUHLER Shelf 120 mm
$49.99 newegg
Edited by AllenR - 2/20/11 at 12:00pm
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hyper 212 plus

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103065

edit: sry my bad...somehow skipped the part of top down cooler
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post #4 of 19
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Ok, I was really thinking about placing the order for the Scythe Big Shuriken until I realized it uses the same push pin installation method that the stock Intel coolers use. I'm not going there.

New requirement. It needs a competent installation method.
    
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Nh-c12p se14
nh-c12p
nh-c14

edit: why not try fleabay?
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Noctua NH-C12 costs more on EBay that Newegg.

$80 is just more than I want to spend on a 2nd rig. Maybe I will end up changing my mind.
    
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Venomous X or Venomous X Black
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Xigmatek Dark Knight?
    
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post #9 of 19
I think the OP should bold the part where he states he is looking for a top down cooler

That said, I am looking for a decent one as well for a media PC that will not fit a tower cooler.


The best one I ever owned was the Thermalright SI-128 SE. Still kicking myself that I sold it


Edited by Robilar - 2/21/11 at 8:26am
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post #10 of 19
This guy is a decent little top downer, a little review as well

*edit* see it on your list already, but couldn't help posting a couple linkies for it =)
Edited by Fletcherea - 2/21/11 at 8:27am
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