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Best Air cpu cooler which is toolless and does not require a backplate?

post #1 of 32
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I am so god damn lazy that I cannot be bothered to take out the mobo, but need a good cooler for my 965 as it runs hot on stock settings.
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Phenon II 965 BE @ 3.8ghz Asus M4A785TD-V GTX 560ti Twin Frorz 2 Gold edition @ 0.95GHz 6GB DDR3 (4gb corsair, 2gb HyperX) 
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Phenon II 965 BE @ 3.8ghz Asus M4A785TD-V GTX 560ti Twin Frorz 2 Gold edition @ 0.95GHz 6GB DDR3 (4gb corsair, 2gb HyperX) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Samsung F3 1TB Samsung DVDrw Windows 7 premium 64bit 32" sony kdlv5550 
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Microsoft Reclusa 550w OCZ Sharkoon rush Fireglider 
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post #2 of 32
Almost all the really good ones require a custom backplate, don't be lazy.
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post #3 of 32
yeah don't be a bum
post #4 of 32
OCZ vendetta?
post #5 of 32
I installed NH-D14 without taking out my motherboard.
My case could be opened on both sides tho.
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post #6 of 32
Zalman 9700 is a just install to the AM3 plastic socket clamps.

Just your thumb pressure is all you need
    
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post #7 of 32
If your case has an open backplate slot you don't need to take it out. My haf 932 has one but it doesn't match with socket 1366.
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FX-8350 ASUS CrosshairV Formula Power Color AX7970 G.Skill Ripjaws Z 2400 10-12-12-31 
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A-Data 256G EK Supreme HF, Water Chiller Windows 8 x64 Seasonic Gold X850 
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LianLi PC-A77 
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FX-8320 Gigabyte 990FXA-UD7 Sapphire HD6970 1600 11-11-11-28 
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OCZ Vertex3 120Gb Heatkiller 3.0, GTX140 + GTX120 Seasonic Gold X650 Lian Li PC-7FN 
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A-Data 256G EK Supreme HF, Water Chiller Windows 8 x64 Seasonic Gold X850 
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LianLi PC-A77 
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FX-8320 Gigabyte 990FXA-UD7 Sapphire HD6970 1600 11-11-11-28 
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OCZ Vertex3 120Gb Heatkiller 3.0, GTX140 + GTX120 Seasonic Gold X650 Lian Li PC-7FN 
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post #9 of 32
Zalman 9700. I believe the 9900 original model also clipped on. But, those coolers are not on the top end of things. I own a 9700NT model and it collects dust in a corner because it was incapable of cooling well enough for overclocking. If the CPU is left stock, yes, it's very adequate and quiet.
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WD Green Samsung SH223L Samsung SH223L Samsung SH243N 
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Water Loop Fans Windows 7 Ultimate X64 Viewsonic WP2365B 
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WD Green Samsung SH223L Samsung SH223L Samsung SH243N 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Water Loop Fans Windows 7 Ultimate X64 Viewsonic WP2365B 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Viewsonic WP2365B Rosewill RK9000 V.1 Corsair HX1000 CHIEFTEC Mesh CA-01B-B-SL-OP 
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post #10 of 32
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I know im terrible but the task of taking apart my pc for like the 3rd time this week would annoy me. OCZ vendetta looks good so does the zalman 9700. So does the Corsair Air Series A70 but is a little expensive for my liking.
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenon II 965 BE @ 3.8ghz Asus M4A785TD-V GTX 560ti Twin Frorz 2 Gold edition @ 0.95GHz 6GB DDR3 (4gb corsair, 2gb HyperX) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Samsung F3 1TB Samsung DVDrw Windows 7 premium 64bit 32" sony kdlv5550 
KeyboardPowerMouse
Microsoft Reclusa 550w OCZ Sharkoon rush Fireglider 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenon II 965 BE @ 3.8ghz Asus M4A785TD-V GTX 560ti Twin Frorz 2 Gold edition @ 0.95GHz 6GB DDR3 (4gb corsair, 2gb HyperX) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Samsung F3 1TB Samsung DVDrw Windows 7 premium 64bit 32" sony kdlv5550 
KeyboardPowerMouse
Microsoft Reclusa 550w OCZ Sharkoon rush Fireglider 
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