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Hey guys, whats the Best Aftermarket Cooler for Athlon X3 440, when your idle temps are at 52c and Load temps (Especially playing the Crysis 2 Demo) hit 65 to 66c?

I have my eyes on a Noctua NH-D14, I wanted to go Water cooling but maintenance and problems of mounting it discouraged me from getting one, although the Noctua might be too large for my case
(Some Generic Trendsonic Case [ This is it ] I could just play with my side panel removed, as I have no 120mm fan mount at the rear, only 80mm. ><

Attached are my temps from speedfan, can Anyone spot anything wrong about it?
   
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post #2 of 10
A NH-D14 would be a waste in a case with such poor airflow.

Might want to get something cheaper like the cooler master hyper 212+ it would keep your cpu much cooler than the stock crap.
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post #3 of 10
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Actually, I considered that, cept, With high ambient temps, I'm not sure if it can keep up. Plus, the Upgradeability, I also considered a V8 or a Thermaltake Frio though. But I'll check up the Hyper 212+.

I'm open to more opinions. Bump.
   
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post #4 of 10
A CM Hyper 212+ keep an i7 @ 4GHz cool enough, so Im pretty sure it would keep your Athlon II @ 3GHz cool enough, especially if you get some good TIM like MX-3 and two better fans like Gentle Typhoons.
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post #5 of 10
If airflow is an issue... why not get something like the HR02, it's big, but completely passive
    
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If airflow is an issue... why not get something like the HR02, it's big, but completely passive
Looks good, but doubt it'll fit in my tiny case. Not sure if airflow is an issue though, already bought 2 more fans to add to the case and the temps are still not fixed, also, I reseated my CPU with Shin-Etsu, Fixed temps by lowering it 2C.
   
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post #7 of 10
Aftermarket cooler is all good and all, but you could just try re-applying the thermal paste. I have an Athlon x2 and my idle temps are 27-30c and my load temps are around 49-50c. Ambient temps are generally around 30c in the day.
post #8 of 10
the NH-D14 / NH-C14 / Silver Arrow are the best options for you. But if you want to spend a little more, get the H70 ( it's a little expensive but it performs a couple degress less than the D14/Silver Arrow.


BTW.... Are you sure you don't want to go for watercooling??? An XSPC Rasa 750 240mm kit is just $130 ??

If installed correctly, you could go for 6 months before re-flushing, maybe even more
    
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the NH-D14 / NH-C14 / Silver Arrow are the best options for you. But if you want to spend a little more, get the H70 ( it's a little expensive but it performs a couple degress less than the D14/Silver Arrow.


BTW.... Are you sure you don't want to go for watercooling??? An XSPC Rasa 750 240mm kit is just $130 ??

If installed correctly, you could go for 6 months before re-flushing, maybe even more
I'm not sure at the moment, It not that i dont want to, its just that my case is around 3 years old, has no where else to mount a Radiator for a Watercooler, so i pretty much decided to buy an aftermarket cooler first (Cause I might upgrade my CPU) then a new case.
   
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post #10 of 10
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Aftermarket cooler is all good and all, but you could just try re-applying the thermal paste. I have an Athlon x2 and my idle temps are 27-30c and my load temps are around 49-50c. Ambient temps are generally around 30c in the day.
Well, I have an Athlon X2 64 3800+ and its idle temps are at 48c also, that with the side case left open, its running on its IGP and only 1 HDD.

Edit: Bump on more opinions please.
Edited by gerickjohn - 3/6/11 at 7:01am
   
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