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    Well I want to get a new cpu cooler for my Q9300. The stock one doesn't do that great of a job. My Q9300 idles around 50 and gets to 65 while gaming. Here are a couple I was looking at.

    ASUS Triton 78 120mm:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835101024

    ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835186134

    ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118003

    I'm leaning toward either of the first two, because you don't have to remove the motherboard to install a back plate (yeah, I'm lazy). Or should I just bite the bullet and get one that requires a back plate? Not to say 'prices isn't a problem' but I don't mind paying $50-$60 dollars.

    Thanks in advance!

  • #2
    Re: CPU Cooler

    Get the Freezer 7 Pro.
    I've used the F7P on many builds before, and although they're a little spartan in construction, they're always solid and carry a pretty good warranty. [6 years]
    [For reference, it kept my hot running Core2Duo e4400 at a lovely 40-45 degrees under load while it was overclocked to 2.66Ghz. I have no doubt it would have been fine if I had gone higher than 2.66, but it was a motherboard limitation. [No voltage adjustments...]]
    I really don't know why people by the Zalman CPU heatsinks, they're loud, and don't perform as well as cheaper alternatives... The GPU ones on the other hand can be quite nice.
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    • #3
      Re: CPU Cooler

      Those temps are fine for whatever you're doing. If you want to overclock, it's probably a good idea to get an aftermarket heatsink.

      The Freezer 7 Pro should be a good choice. It'll be quiet and effective. The Asus cooler would be a decent choice too with the 120mm fan. It'll be whisper quiet but the price is the highest among the 3.

      http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835185038

      Check out some other brands like Scythe. Their Ninja model is a couple years old but it's still an effective cooler. You can replace the fan if you want with something else (ie. the fan breaks). The one it comes with should still be quiet and it's cheaper than the Asus cooler.

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      • #4
        Re: CPU Cooler

        Xigmatek makes a good cooler and is also pushpin so no uninstall but you can also get the back plate. the model linked has 4 heat pipes and there is another model with 3 pipes that has been around a bit longer with more reviews out.
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        • #5
          Re: CPU Cooler

          The freezer 7 heatsink is great. i have one of their heatsinks for over a year now it is great. i love it. Go for freezer 7
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          • #6
            Re: CPU Cooler

            Just remove the cooler. The cooling climate will protect your CPU.

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