hey guys, so I'm looking for a dirt cheap upgrade from my fan on my new amd 955 x4, seeing as it's the crazy-loud. i found this cooler master dk9-7e52a-0l-gp on tigerdirect, and i just got it. however, when i checked the specs on newegg, it said it only works for cpus with 65w. my 955 is 125w, i beleive. if i install this fan, will my cpu potential melt? keep in mind that i game for long periods of time, and leave my computer on for 48hrs+ at a time. thanks, guys!
But if you want to upgrade you need to consider many thing before you do:
1. Width of the case, depending on this dimension you will only have a certain clearance for the CPU cooler, if you buy a tower cooler that is too high you won't be able to close the side panel of the case after you install it.
2. VRM cooling, i'm no expert but from what i heared, if you use a tower cooler which unlike the stock cooler, doesn't blow air directly on the VRM and MOSFETs of the CPU, fact which could lead to permenant damage of the motherboard due to overheating. Check if your mobo has some sort of heatsink between the CPU and I/O plate (top left side of the mobo). If you don't want to install VRM heatsink then choose a cooler which blows the air down just like the stock one.
3. Installation, some coolers require you to install a backplate and if your case doesn't have a cut-out in the back of the motherboard tray you will have to uninstall the mobo, take it out, install the cooler than put it all back. It's time consuming and you should take this into consideration as well.
4. Thermal paste, after you decide which cooler you buy, when you install it, you have to clean the old thermal paste on the CPU and apply new one (i'd recommend Arctic MX-4 it's cheap and very good).
Now all things considered, you can take a decision based on price, but be advised, i think you should pay more than 15$ for a CPU cooler.
As a recommandation, for a tower cooler i'd say Cooler Master Hyper 212+ if you have enough case clearance and if you have VRM heatsinks, also for this cooler you have to install a backplate (be advised this cooler, on AMD board, will be installed with the fan blowing the air upwards, where the PSU is installed in most low end cases).
Another tower cooler that is easier to install and can be installed on AMD mobos to blow the hot air towards the back is Zerotherm Nirvana 120 PWM, it only requires a AMD retention clip so you can install it just like the stock cooler. But it won't be as good as Hyper 212+ in terms of cooling.
Down blowing cooler can be found from Scythe, Tuniq or Deepcool (the very expesinve Killer Whale model) and many other brands. Check some reviews before deciding so you can check the noize and temps
PS: i didn't check your mobo or your case, research a bit before you make the order.
Edited by Pentdragon - 3/14/11 at 4:29am