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Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by Toothless, May 13, 2014.

  1. Toothless

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    So since my old fan won't fit on my new heatsink, I gotta get a new cooler for my FX-6300. Issue is that I have no clue what to go with. I'll be selling my old rig for about $100. That means I have $100 to either go with a spendy cooler, an SSD, or both. (Note the SSD will only be used as a boot drive)

    Was looking at this combo.

    Cooler:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    SSD:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820721107

    I am looking to OC the CPU. Maybe up to 4ghz.

    Any advice?

    EDIT: My case is this thing.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129024
     
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    Hello,

    The Hyper 212 EVO is one of the most solid budget CPU coolers on the market - it has a great price to performance ratio. However, seeing as the Turbo on the FX 6300 is already at 4.0GHz, I think you still have quite a bit of headroom to go higher than that. I've read that some people have been able to get a stable 4.3-4.4GHz on the FX 6300 with the 212 EVO, so good luck. Once again, may the chip lottery every be in your favour.

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    Like the above said, get a Hyper 212 because they are very good coolers at a great price. I have never had anyone complain about that cooler before.

    I would suggest investing in a bigger SSD later just because using it only as a boot drive just makes it turn on and off fast and has limits to game installations. Its alot more fun to install games to it than just watching it boot up and shut down fast.
     
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    Mounting on that cooler really stinks for that case- consider a Phanteks tower cooler if you can swing it. It uses the Noctua style mounting (one of the best!) and 2 only screws to secure the cooler.

    CPU swaps/TIM applications/cooler removals for dust cleanout with the Phanteks will only take 1-2 minutes plus :) vs ??? minutes plus :banghead: with the 212!

    EDIT- this one:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835709020
    Comes with 2 PWM fans too.
     
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    I was stuck with the same question:
    http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/which-cooler-to-choose.199847/
    Thought about getting the Noctua NH-U12S but looking at the reviews the hyper 212 evo is just 1 degree hotter so why pay almost the double when I don't have to. I was even thinking about getting the NH-D14 so that I can future proof my cooling but realized it would be overkill for my cpu so I'm ordering the 212 evo tomorrow. Might change the fan on the 212 evo for a cooler master jetflow 120 or corsair AF120 or even a noctua NF-F12, but will see, probably wont need to do that.
     
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    Hyper 212 EVO, hands down. I've used a similar priced cooler from another 'mother' :laugh:, the Zalman CNPS10X Performa, it cooled the 8320 at 4.5 GHz no problem, so you might as well get the EVO.
     
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    So we're looking at either the cooler or the SSD. Well considering my HDD is already a 7200rpm, I can trash the whole $100 budget on a cooler that'll last me. UNLESS I need a bigger case to hold a bigger, better cooler. Oh my cheesy nachos this is giving me a headache.
     
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    If you have a good budget and want a very good air cooler, I highly recommend Noctua. My U14S has been badass for the past year. A single-tower design that competes with the dual tower D14. Can accept a 2nd fan if you need an extra degree or two shaved off. Runs quiet. Keeps my 4770 in check. Excellent warranty...6 years iirc. Also Noctua is known for shipping out brackets so you can adapt your cooler to a new socket spec. SWEET!

    I also snagged a Samsung 840 128GB SSD for $79 last summer...great purchase. For $100 it depends..I'd get my cooling in-line first before getting a solid state drive in all honesty.
     
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    Some people say that the fan has to be pointing either up or down for AM3+, is that the case or..?
     
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    I don't know for AM3..you'll have to ask someone else as I'm using it on a S1150 Intel setup (see my sys specs).

    I do have my exhausting up though...lines up with my 2 top exhaust fans, and the rear 120mm exhaust helps more with the GPU heat. Overall seems to work well.
     
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    So should a new case also be in the budget? Something with a top exhaust?
     
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    No that is not true, it can be mounted either way, and I would stick with the hyper 212 evo and SSD rather then only a cooler.
     
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    It depends on how much you will be left with. It's not really common to have a very cheap case with a bottom mounted power supply and having some fan grills on the top, but I've spotted a SPEC series of cases from Corsair, which are like for a low-ish budget, take a look at those you might like them.
     
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    So due to lack of air conditioning for the moment. This is my new cooling strategy. [​IMG]
     
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    Having seen your case from the image above, an upgrade to a better case may be useful for future support and upgrading. As @gdallsk said, something like the Corsair SPEC series or Fractal Design Core series are good budget cases to think about. But that's a novel solution to cooling! :laugh:

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    I posted the case that I'll actually be using. It's an Antec III 500.
     
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    Ah yes. I see now. If I was using that case, I would put in a front 120mm fan, to bring in some fresh air that the Hyper 212 EVO could use to cool the CPU down. Here would be my suggestion which is over your budget, but includes the cooler, a decent size and good SSD, and another front fan:

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3L6x4

    What do you think?

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    Even with a front fan, the Antec III 500 is terrible for overclocking. The front fan mount is actually on the rear of the drive cages, so it's not as effective as one mounted at the front of the case. Without side fans and top fans, and with it's top-mounted PSU, this case reminds me of old Dell cases that would get hot to the touch if used for gaming or overclocking. I second the vote for a new case, such as the Spec series or maybe a 400R (I had 11 fans mounted in mine and 240/120 rads). Good air flow is essential when OCing to avoid heat buildup. They don't have to be loud fans, just have enough of them to constantly replace the air in the case with fresh, cool air, and a case that flows air freely.
     
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    My Hyper 212 evo keeps my 3770k nice and frosty at a modest 4.3.(34c-36c idle 80c stress) And Samsung 120 SSD was my latest upgrade. I have not looked back. Total taxes in best $180(Canada) I have spent on upgrades.( SSD is boot and a few games only as well)
    Having great flow with my HAF case as well. They are cheap now to boot.
     
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    Another good budget case is the NZXT Source 210, which has much better airflow than the Antec one. And its about $33, which isn't too expensive. But of course, this would mean that you are going to either extend your budget for the SSD, or wait to upgrade to an SSD in the future.

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    Okay so the Antec case I have has two front slits and I have an extra 80mm fan I can ziptie right below the HDD rack. I used to have it but scrapped the idea when I put in my new stuff. I'll have to reinstall that. Sure did pull air.

    As for cooling. I could order the NZXT 210 and the Hyper EVO but that means taking out all of my parts and putting it into another case. (I swear I've done this 4 times in the last month)

    The Antec III 500 is amazing for cooling. I have a powerful 120mm fan on the back that can move air like no tomorrow. The only issue is having it in a push or a pull config. The case was a gift from my tech teacher, and he's the best teacher I've ever had.
     
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    It sounds like that case should be placed on a pedestal, to remember that awesome teacher. Unfortunately we have to upgrade sometimes - I know many people on here get sentimental about hardware.

    I've realised that the Source 210 only has one 120mm exhaust fan (although plenty of scope for upgrading and airflow). For still under $50 you could get the NZXT Source 210 Elite or NZXT Source 220. Both have a second 140mm exhaust fan that will help a lot with cooling, the only difference is one has a mesh front, the other a more plain front panel. But its your call - you may want to add additional front fans too.

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    I have an extra 80mm and that 120mm I was talking about earlier. I could get the 210 and add in my old fans.
     
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    The case doesn't support 80mm fans, however you could use both 120mm fans (one from the Antec case) in the Source 210 - a front intake and another exhaust at the top. Sounds like a good plan, although I'd still be tempted to get the 210 Elite or 220. But your money, your call.

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