add arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up authorcheckmark clipboard combo comment delete discord dots drag-handle dropdown-arrow errorfacebook history inbox instagram issuelink lock markup-bbcode markup-html markup-pcpp markup-cyclingbuilder markup-plain-text markup-reddit menu pin radio-button save search settings share star-empty star-full star-half switch successtag twitch twitter user warningwattage weight youtube

Heatsink Guide

sjvoorhees

70 months ago

"What should I get?"

http://www.amazon.com/Scythe-SCNJ-3100-Ninja-Cooler-Socket/dp/B006HB8N9G/ref=sr_1_1/180-5685509-8982006?ie=UTF8&qid=1396114102&sr=8-1&keywords=scythe+ninja+3

-Scythe Ninja 3: Great tower cooler. 120mm, supports push/pull and 8 ******* HEATPIPES. Supports every damn socket in existance. ~$49, Amazon.

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-rr212e20pkr2

-Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO: Considered to be the best value heatsink in existence. Well known to get your i5 up to 4.x GHz. Supports push/pull/ ~$35, Newegg.

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xigmatek-cpu-cooler-darkknightiisd1283nighthawkedition

-Xigmatek Dark Knight: Looks like the GOD DAMN BATMAN. Badass color, supports push/pull. 3 Oversized heatpipes. Supports lots of sockets. ~$50, Newegg.

[IF you can find one]

-Spire Thermax Eclipse II: BEST ******* HEATSINK FOR THE PRICE. Got FrostyTech award of the year. If you can get your ******* paws on this baby, get it.

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/thermaltake-cpu-cooler-clp0564

-Thermaltake Frio: Look at the ******* heatsink, That **** looks classy as ****. It has 5 heatpipes and ****. Does it support push/pull? IT COMES WITH PUSH/PULL FOR FREE MAGGOT. With WHITE FREAKING BLADES. HOT DAMN. ~58, Newegg.

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/prolimatech-cpu-cooler-promghbk

-Prolimatech Megahelms: TOWERS FOR BABIES. THIS THING LOOKS LIKE YOU TIED IRON WEIGHTS TO YOUR SACK AND IT CAUGHT ON FIRE WITH LAZERS. It has 6 heatpipes, and works great passively. If you don't mind a fan, add one or two. ~$70, Newegg.

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/noctua-cpu-cooler-nhd14

-NOCTUA NH-D14: This thing is as huge as the original XBox. No ******* around. Uses SSO bearings, whatever the heck that is. 6 heatpipes like a boss. 4 times the size of a Hyper 212 EVO. Noctua makes very quiet fans. Comes in 120mm and 140mm. ~90, Newegg.

"What shouldn't I get?"

-All in one watercooling, eg. Corsair H50/H70: Don't be fooled by "water cooling," these are terrible They have the price of a Cooler Master V10 and are hotter than the D14. The only purpose of buying one of these is to show off your e-pen0r.

-Thermaltake SpinQ: This is almost as large as our Sun. Does not offer great cooling(see 80mm cooling fan) and barely fits in a HAF X.

-Cooler Master V10: The V10 spins heads because it offers a peltier, or TEC cooler. This means: Energy goes in, cold goes out. Peltiers can cool CPU's to -10c, but the V10 is a TERRIBLE pelitier cooler, as it uses 4pin Molex. Normal peltier coolers use a dedicated power supply.

-Zalman CPU Coolers: Zalman offers a few thousand weird-as-**** CPU coolers shaped as a tire. These are retarded as ****. Seriously, don't.

"What to avoid!"

-Expensive water cooling system -Sleeve CPU coolers -MAKE SURE TO CHECK IF YOUR SOCKET IS COMPATIBLE!

FINAL NOTE! You should only buy a CPU cooler if you are overclocking, your CPU doesn't come with a stock one, or you live in the desert and your CPU suffers from heatstrokes.

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

somewhat informative? you have some valid point but fail to realize looks and the sounds factor of why people choose certain coolers. for all who read please be completely informed when choosing a cooler if one at all. it isn't necessary to get one if you don't plan on overclocking though it will never hurt to get one for extra airflow in your case especially if you have a gpu that exhausts into the case. looks is all on you get what you like and think looks nice or works well with your theme. water-cooling has its benefits to reduce the sound produced in cooling a cpu by increasing the surface area available and being able to run the fans at a lower speed.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

where do i downvote at?

list seems mighty biased...

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Some valid points, but you're missing a lot of stuff and you're not really taking into consideration individual needs. Only pointing out a few here, but you're missing a lot of other good coolers, including stuff from Phanteks or NZXT, for example. Also, some AIO water coolers are actually quite decent, like the h100i, or h220. Also, there's plenty of reasons to buy a CPU cooler, even if you're not overclocking, like less noise, better temps, better looks etc. If you mean a custom loop when you say expensive water cooling system, I don't see why that shouldn't be avoided either.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

So your saying completely avoid a CPU cooler because it is shaped funny, regardless of its actual cooling ability?

Sort

add arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up authorcheckmark clipboard combo comment delete discord dots drag-handle dropdown-arrow errorfacebook history inbox instagram issuelink lock markup-bbcode markup-html markup-pcpp markup-cyclingbuilder markup-plain-text markup-reddit menu pin radio-button save search settings share star-empty star-full star-half switch successtag twitch twitter user warningwattage weight youtube