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Good cooler for overclocking an FX8350 under $70 (Water or Air?)

I'm looking for a good cooler for a stable overclock at 4.7 GHz an FX8350 and maintaining reasonable temps. I've been considering the Corsair H60, be quiet! DARK ROCK 3, and the Cooler Master GeminII S524 Ver.2.

In the end, I just want to get a reasonable cooler that will last for a while

System Specs:
CPU: AMD FX-8350
CPU Cooler: (Stock ATM)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400
Storage: Corsair Force LE 480GB 2.5" SSD & Hitachi Ultrastar 7K3000 3TB 7200RPM HDD
Video Card: XFX Radeon RX 480 8GB GTR
Case: NZXT Source 530 ATX Full Tower
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Bronze
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-AC56
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  1. It shouldn't be hard to find a good cooler for the FX-8350 for that price. Mine has an inexpensive 212 EVO with push-pull fans and is OC'ed to 4.7 GHz. I had a H60 on for awhile, but moved it to another machine. The push-pull 212 EVO does a slightly better job than the H60.
  2. clutchc said:
    It shouldn't be hard to find a good cooler for the FX-8350 for that price. Mine has an inexpensive 212 EVO with push-pull fans and is OC'ed to 4.7 GHz. I had a H60 on for awhile, but moved it to another machine. The push-pull 212 EVO does a slightly better job than the H60.


    Would it benefit to buy a larger cooler then? Like the Dark Rock 3? Or will that just be wasted money
  3. Best answer
    Honestly I would just get a Hyper 212 +\EVO and some MX paste. Depending on your chip you will be close to your goal.

    A more expensive solution might give you slightly more headroom. Is it worth it though?

    I mean you can put $2500 dollar rims on a 96' Honda, but it is still a 96' Honda.
  4. masonservant said:
    clutchc said:
    It shouldn't be hard to find a good cooler for the FX-8350 for that price. Mine has an inexpensive 212 EVO with push-pull fans and is OC'ed to 4.7 GHz. I had a H60 on for awhile, but moved it to another machine. The push-pull 212 EVO does a slightly better job than the H60.


    Would it benefit to buy a larger cooler then? Like the Dark Rock 3? Or will that just be wasted money


    Larger? The fan is slightly larger on the DR3. But the cooling efficiency isn't all that much better (for the price). I don't have any experience with the DR3, but here is a video I found of it being compared to the 212 EVO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0azJZejLIq4
  5. Under $150, I cannot recommend anything liquid other than the Swiftech H220/H240's. I would absolutely avoid anything closed loop cooler.

    Just get good air.
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