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Which CPU cooler is best for me?

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28 March 2013 17:06:09

Alright, I'm back again looking for ANOTHER CPU cooler.

I bought an Antec Kuhler 920, and as a result of that I ended up having to, through no fault of my own, get a new motherboard and CPU.

That explains why I am very wary of watercooling, so what I need is some suggestions as to a Sub-£50 cooler.

I'm currently using an Arctic Freezer Pro Rev.2 on my FX-6300, and have a small overclock on it. But I want to go higher, so I would like to replace it.

My CM Storm Scout case can fit a 120mm cooler. I have been continuously told that the CM Hyper 212 EVO is the best 120mm CPU cooler, but I can't help but think to myself that something like a Prolimatech Meghalems must beat it, surely?

I may be coaxed back into water cooling, so just to let you know I have a 120mm rear fan grille and a 140mm top fan grille.

So, what are your recommendations?

Thanks in advance
Luke

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28 March 2013 17:27:01

Duke Nucome said:
Get the Hyper 212+ hands down the best cooler all around for the money. The Hyper 212 EVO is a waste of 5 bucks as it performs virtually identical to the 212+.


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28 March 2013 17:27:53

Duke Nucome said:
Get the Hyper 212+ hands down the best cooler all around for the money. The Hyper 212 EVO is a waste of 5 bucks as it performs virtually identical to the 212+.


I can't seem to find the 212+ here in Britain, only the 212EVO. Is it worth spending the extra bit of my budget on two better Red LED fans? And will it be a lot better than my 92mm Arctic?

Many Thanks
Luke
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29 March 2013 00:07:02

Duke Nucome said:
Flightsimluke said:
Duke Nucome said:
Get the Hyper 212+ hands down the best cooler all around for the money. The Hyper 212 EVO is a waste of 5 bucks as it performs virtually identical to the 212+.


I can't seem to find the 212+ here in Britain, only the 212EVO. Is it worth spending the extra bit of my budget on two better Red LED fans? And will it be a lot better than my 92mm Arctic?

Many Thanks
Luke


Ya the Hyper 212 EVO is still a great option as it is virtually just a revision of the Hyper 212+ with a better looking fan and slight better performance. The Hyper 212 EVO should perform a bit better than your old cooler and it would look real nice with the 2x Red LED fans IMO. Just make sure that you don't cheap out on the fans and you will be silent and efficient at the same time as aesthetically pleasing to the eyes. Nobody actually needs anything more than a good old CM Hyper 212 cooler and they are the best of the best when performance, efficiency and price and all factored in. I have my CM Hyper 212+ set to the lowest fan setting in the BIOS and I think it stays at 700rpm all the time and it is completely silent at the same time keeping my OCed CPU allot more cool than the stock heatsink did at stock clocks.


I think that I shall probably be getting these fans: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=FG...

They're designed for the Prolimatech heatsinks. They're quiet, have good Stat. Pressure and are Red LED. Thoughts?
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29 March 2013 00:08:32

bigcyco1 said:
Why not a Hyper 212 EVO ? It is cheaper and decent in performance.

This Thermalright is really good too:

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/thermalright-hr-02-macho...


That CPU cooler is nice, but I can't fit a 140mm CPU cooler in my case and have my dual 120mm Side Fans (CM Storm Scout I). Would it be worth removing the side fans, or getting a Hyper 212 with two of the aforementioned fans for £5 more?
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29 March 2013 00:42:19

Flightsimluke said:
bigcyco1 said:
Why not a Hyper 212 EVO ? It is cheaper and decent in performance.

This Thermalright is really good too:

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/thermalright-hr-02-macho...


That CPU cooler is nice, but I can't fit a 140mm CPU cooler in my case and have my dual 120mm Side Fans (CM Storm Scout I). Would it be worth removing the side fans, or getting a Hyper 212 with two of the aforementioned fans for £5 more?
No not really just get the Hyper 212 evo and use it as it comes no need to waste more money on different fans. ;) 

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29 March 2013 00:46:47

I use a Zalman CNPS 9900 to cool my 8350 that I OC to 4.5ghz and I run nice and cool. Plus these coolers are relatively cheap and run great. Water cooling runs into the ever looming danger of leakage O. o. You can always try the Noctua D14. That thing is a beast.
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7 April 2013 21:03:44

Thanks for the help guys - got a used Hyper 212+ and fitted two of my own Akasa Red LED fans to it. Looks great, and Idle temps have dropped from 34-37C to 28-30C, with load temps dropping all the way from 58-63C to 47-50C! Great stuff.
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7 April 2013 21:10:33

Well that is great!I am glad it all turned out well enjoy!
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7 April 2013 21:14:08

Strange Duke Nucome, as I never actually picked a best answer...

Thanks for reminding me!
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7 April 2013 21:19:22

Flightsimluke said:
Strange Duke Nucome, as I never actually picked a best answer...

Thanks for reminding me!
Who did then :heink: 

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7 April 2013 21:20:39

I hate the idea of having one "Best Answer" how about being able to mark any amount of answers in a thread as "Great Answer"? You were both of great help, many thanks!
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