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Okay so since you all know, I recently built my first budget gaming PC, and I will soon be adding a ATI Radeon 6850. But First, my CPU fan is incredibly small, and it is pretty loud. It keeps my CPU at about 25-27C at idle, and when I'm just browsing the internet it can get up to 32C. I don't know what it would be during long gaming sessions, but I'd rather be safe then sorry, and CPU Fans & Heatsinks are actually fairly inexpensive. I think a 120mm would be a tad to big as it would block one of my extra RAM slots. But a 92mm looks like it would fit. I would like to know if any of you have had experience with this CPU Fan:

CPU Fan

What do you all think about it? Would it be that difficult to instal on an AM3 socket? Will it cool down my system while being quite? Here is a picture of my current CPU Fan/HS



I have a 120mm fan for my case, and I held it up there, and it would definitely be too big, at least for my liking. And I know there are several types of Thermal Paste out there, what do you guys recommend? and What is the best way to apply it? So what do you guys think? If you need anymore details just let me know!

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I think that if you are not planning on overclocking your cpu the stock fan and heatsink will do you fine there will really be no need to get an aftermarket. I ran my stock fan and heatsink on my phenom2 x4 940be at stock speeds for over a year with heavy gaming almost daily and temps for me never got over 45c. But ultimatly the choice is up to you.
If you do decide on a aftermarket fan and heatsink i would get the cooler master hyper n520 works good for stock speed and oc of cpu and it is onkly like 30 bucks on newegg.Also the hd6850 is a decent video card can and will run almost all games on highest settings without a hitch.


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It would be fairly easy to install a better cooler since you have a cutout for the backplate (a backplate is used for "heavy" coolers to avoid stress/warping on the mobo). If you plan on overclocking a bit more, then a better cooler will help out a lot. If you planning on sticking with the current speed, then you will see better temps under load versus stock.

The one cooler that I recommend when starting out something better than stock would be the CM 212+ -->

It a really good cooler with the option to install another fan for a push/pull config.
Here's a link to the CM 212+ club where you can see ppl's setup -> http://www.overclock.net/air-cooling...plus-club.html

For thermal paste application methods, I choose the line method. In the case of going for the CM 212+, a HDT cooler here's a guide -> http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.ph...1&limitstart=5

For thermal paste choice, I would go with IC7, or X23D.
Edited by Raiden911 - 4/22/11 at 12:56pm
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Well how would I think that may be a bit to large, but I'm not quite sure yet. How loud is it, do you know?
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the cooler master hyper n520 is a dual fan set-up and it still gives me room to get to mall my ram slots.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103057
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Well how would I think that may be a bit to large, but I'm not quite sure yet. How loud is it, do you know?
Its not very loud, but I opt'd in using another fan for it; San Ace H1011 @5V. You can plug the fan into your mobo's header and control the fan speed.

CM212+ link with specs and dimensions -> http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/prod...roduct_id=2923
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Also, how would I go about installing this CPU cooler? Like with the stock I just sat it on, and made sure the tabs were down tight then I just flipped the lever, and it made a very strong connection. Is it the same as that or close? Sorry but I like to be prepared and know what to do before I have to do it. I planned this computer out over 3 1/2 months.
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with most aftermarket coolers u will have to remove the factory sink mount and replace it with the supplied hardware and it is not really hard to do seeing as u have a cpu cut out on ur mb,just make sure u get some tim like arctc silver5 or comparable thermal paste that raiden911 mentioned.
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Its not very loud, but I opt'd in using another fan for it; San Ace H1011 @5V. You can plug the fan into your mobo's header and control the fan speed.

CM212+ link with specs and dimensions -> http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/prod...roduct_id=2923
I used the san ace 1011 on a CoolerMaster Hyper 212+. That's a brutal combo! But that is also a costly combo if your going to keep it at stock imo.

This is your first build, so you want somthing simple? I agree the the hyper 212+ is a good start, I would add a second bushmaster fan(using push pull) over befor I would suggest you useing a san ace on it.

Hyper 212+ is about a perfect starting point for a beginer, easy to install, cheap as all get out, and perform's like a brute in truth. If you need more cooling than the stock Hyper 212+ can offer, get a second fan on it or upgrade the fans on it and you'll be nice and frosty
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