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Hey guys. My stock heatsink is really starting to piss me off. I used to get around 55C load temps but now I am getting 70-80 and it is LOUD!

I have about $60 I am willing to spend on a new heatsink. I already bought some thermal paste, which is the Arctic Thermal 5. If it matters, my CPU is the Phenom II x4 965 BE and my case is the NZXT Apollo (which is a terrible case).

What heatsink is the absolute best AM3 heatsink for my budget?

Also, is there anyway to OC the processor that I have without causing any significant damage to my PC? I have no previous knowledge of OCing and I am pretty scared of touching the clock speed.
post #2 of 14
This one does extremely well for the price - save some money too

Best way to OC safely is to ask us guys - We will guide you through it!

EDIT: Forgot to put the link!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-065-_-Product
Edited by MR KROGOTH - 3/12/11 at 7:18am
    
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I bought my wife a Corsair A50 for 9.99 free shipping and its fairly quiet as could be at 1600rpm. I don't think you have to spend that much on a heatsink unless you are going for crazy OC numbers.
    
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Get the TT Frio and it won't disappoint you.

Frio

FRIO open box

Only way keep CPU degradation in check is by keeping the temps. down.
Edited by adizz - 3/12/11 at 7:36am
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I ran this Scythe Mugen http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835185142 on my 1090T at 4013MHz in a NZXT M59 before upgrading to my present solution. I'd also recommend using a P/P fan set with any cooler. Scythe GT AP-15's work the best and are virtually silent, just some times hard to find in stock but well worth the price and the PITA to locate in stock. http://www.dangerden.com/store/gentl...rpm-ap-15.html
Mugen has more heat pipes than others listed so far and more heat pipes = better cooling hands down.
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post #7 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by MR KROGOTH View Post
This one does extremely well for the price - save some money too

Best way to OC safely is to ask us guys - We will guide you through it!

EDIT: Forgot to put the link!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-065-_-Product
NO
Use buy.com or Amazon for this cooler

This open box Scythe 2100 (mugen 2 variant) might also be a good choice. Heck, it's cheaper than 212+ on Newgeg
I highly recommend you search CrazyPC as well, they have 50% off all over $10 orders - which means cheap heatsinks! Too bad their NH-D14s and Mugen 2s are completely out of stock

EDIT: $20 TRUE on CrazyPC (after 50% off)
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103055

there is one for your budget lol...
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Originally Posted by Doc3000i View Post
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103055

there is one for your budget lol...
or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103089
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post #10 of 14
Once again.... $20 AM2/AM3 Thermalright Ultra 120/TRUE!
Use the rest of your budget to get some fans, which I also recommend you order at CrazyPC

I dare you to get two of these ; with two of these and the TRUE it still only costs ~ $38 make sure you have a fan controller though since these take a lot of amps

GO NOW
Edited by xd_1771 - 3/12/11 at 11:39am
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