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Windows 7: Suggestions for CPU heatsink

09 Jan 2011   #1
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Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
Suggestions for CPU heatsink

I have had the unfortunate experience of having to RMA my MB. So while it is out I thought it would be the perfect time to get a new heatsink. With the stock PhenomII heatsink, I could not run prime95 as temps would increase too high. In one instance the temp1 got to 78C. However I have 2 problems in finding a new heatsink.

My board is an mATX. With the stock heatsink I had less that 1 inch from the heatsink and the first ram slot, which has G Skill ripjaws in it, with the higher heat spreaders.

Also, my case is a Rosewill Cruiser. I measured it with the MB removed. I have about 7 inches from the back wall to the front.
The only one I have found that MIGHT fit is the Cooler Master hyper TX3.
It's no the best but all I want is something better than stock and QUIETER. The stock one sounds like a freight train.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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09 Jan 2011   #2

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3

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09 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1

The closed-system water cooler may be a good suggestion.

Alternately, there are lower-profile air coolers. - COOLER MASTER Vortex Plus RR-VTPS-28PK-R1 92mm Long life sleeve CPU Cooler

(I don't own one.) Whether it'll be a good fit on your mATX board, I don't know.

I think that a lot of coolers that'll fit, but you may have to install the RAM before the cooler. Your Ripjaws heatspreaders are tall, but not extremely so.
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09 Jan 2011   #4
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Windows 7 Pro x64 Bit

Ultra ChillTEC 939/AM2/AM3/775/1366 Thermal Electric Overclocking CPU Cooler With Controller at

I use this heat sink on a foundry floor. The temps around the computer are at 140 degrees all day. It is the only heat sink that has not died on us. The company will not pay for water cooling.
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