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Help choosing a CPU Cooler for overclocking

nostaw5

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#1
Hi,

I now have a home built AMD pc which came with a Foxconn AMD Certified CPU Cooler (AKA Stock cooler).

I overclock my Athlon II X2 255 from 3.1 to 3.8...

Now here is the problem. The temps sit at 45c with the Stock cooler but 36c with an Aywun A10 (or something) BUT HERE ARE THE PROBLEMS:

Stock cooler good side: quiet, small, mobo controlled fan.
Stock cooler Bad side: Hot, small, not much to look at.


AYWUN A-10 good side: Big to look at, keeps cpu cool
AYWUN A-10 bad side: Under load gets loud, big (maybe restricts airflow) have to use fan controller to keep quiet.


So my fellow overclockers which do you reccomend i use?
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Gaming Rig 780G
    CPU
    AMG Athlon II X2 255 3.8/2MB/2500MHz 45nm AM3
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-MA78LMT-S2 AM3, Core Boost, Ultra Durable 3
    Memory
    2X 4GB Kingston DDR3 1066MHz @ 1666MHz Dual Channel
    Graphics Card(s)
    HIS HD Radeon 7770 GHz Edition iCooler Core: 1000MHz
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell E2311H DVI/VGA 5ms response, Full HD
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 @ 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    320GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.02 SATA II
    PSU
    Cooler Master Extreme Power Plus 700w
    Case
    Lian-Li PC-6010 With Side Window
    Cooling
    Aywun A4 80mm fan
    Mouse
    Logitech K120 Wired Mouse
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120 Wired Keyboard
    Internet Speed
    802.11B/G/N 17Mb/s
    Other Info
    AMD Catalyst 12.6
    Thomson A/B/G/N Router
    LiteON CD/DVD Player
    GAME PERFORMANCE:
    Battlefield 3: 41 FPS High 1x AA @ 1280x720
    Mass Effect 2 and 3: 60 FPS Highest 4x AA @ 1920x1080
    Counter Strike Source (and other Valve games):
    300 FPS (max FPS in game) Highest settings 8x AA 16x AF @ 1920x1080!!!

townsbg

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#2
45C isn't bad. I don't know about yours but my computer shuts down at 75C. Intense gaming might increase it by 10-15 degrees but you'd still be "safe" or as safe as you can be for that much overclocking. Typically the more efficient coolers are larger and can be noiser although 120 mm fans don't typically have to run as fast. Off course those are on larger heat sinks. I'm not sure how to answer your question other than to say it's personal preference.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Mid 2010 iMac
    CPU
    3.2 Ghz I3
    Memory
    8 gb

nostaw5

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#3
OK thanks, i found out its actually a A1-V4 with an 80mm fan and the heatsink size is roughly the size of the fan too. Both the fans are controlled by fan controllers. Just a question but but the aywun heatsink sits on the cpu with the fan pointing towards the drive bays... meanwhile the stock sits like normal... does this restrict airflow?
 

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My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Gaming Rig 780G
    CPU
    AMG Athlon II X2 255 3.8/2MB/2500MHz 45nm AM3
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-MA78LMT-S2 AM3, Core Boost, Ultra Durable 3
    Memory
    2X 4GB Kingston DDR3 1066MHz @ 1666MHz Dual Channel
    Graphics Card(s)
    HIS HD Radeon 7770 GHz Edition iCooler Core: 1000MHz
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell E2311H DVI/VGA 5ms response, Full HD
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 @ 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    320GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.02 SATA II
    PSU
    Cooler Master Extreme Power Plus 700w
    Case
    Lian-Li PC-6010 With Side Window
    Cooling
    Aywun A4 80mm fan
    Mouse
    Logitech K120 Wired Mouse
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120 Wired Keyboard
    Internet Speed
    802.11B/G/N 17Mb/s
    Other Info
    AMD Catalyst 12.6
    Thomson A/B/G/N Router
    LiteON CD/DVD Player
    GAME PERFORMANCE:
    Battlefield 3: 41 FPS High 1x AA @ 1280x720
    Mass Effect 2 and 3: 60 FPS Highest 4x AA @ 1920x1080
    Counter Strike Source (and other Valve games):
    300 FPS (max FPS in game) Highest settings 8x AA 16x AF @ 1920x1080!!!
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#5
Well, I just bought a Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro: Be Quiet Dark Rock PRO BK016 CPU Cooler - Scan.co.uk

and it is excellent! But I cannot stress just how huge it is...

I have a big case, and it just fitted in (I couldn't slide in the motherboard tray from the rear, how to remove the motherboard tray bottom rail, slide up the tray, reinstall the bottom rail whilst holding up the tray in some precarious maneuver, and then the case side fitted on with literally half a centimetre to spare.

But despite it being huge, and being the most evil looking cooler I have ever seen :p, I love it (but it sounds like an aeroplane at full power - which fortunately it rarely reaches)

Richard
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 420
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 2.50GHz
    Motherboard
    Stock Dell 0TP406
    Memory
    4 gb (DDR2 800) 400MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD 3870 (512 MBytes)
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1 x Dell 2007FP and 1 x (old) Sonic flat screen
    Screen Resolution
    1600 x 1200 and 1280 x 1204
    Hard Drives
    1 x 640Gb (SATA 300)
    Western Digital: WDC WD6400AAKS-75A7B0

    1 x 1Tb (SATA 600)
    Western Digital: Caviar Black, SATA 6GB/S, 64Mb cache, 8ms
    Western Digital: WDC WD1002FAEX-00Z3A0 ATA Device
    PSU
    Stock PSU - 375W
    Case
    Dell XPS 420
    Cooling
    Stock Fan
    Mouse
    Advent Optical ADE-WG01 (colour change light up)
    Keyboard
    Dell Bluetooth
    Internet Speed
    120 kb/s
    Other Info
    ASUS USB 3.0 5Gbps/SATA 6Gbps - PCI-Express Combo Controller Card (U3S6)

Patonb

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#6
Nieriro.. that looks like a noctua nh-d14... very nice.


Nostaw. Firstly, you can point the fan any way you want. I'd remove and turn the fan around by either switching the actual fan, or by switching the entire heatsink around. Pumping hoit air into your case is bad.

2nd I'd switch out the fans for quality fans... Find quieter fans, though you have 80mm which trend to run faster to get the same air flow.

I think turning your fans to exhuast out the back should be your 1st thing, as it'll cool better so you can run slower and quieter.

Is you 45C load or idle?
 

My Computer

System One

  • CPU
    Dual L5639 // i7 950 @ 4.0Ghz
    Motherboard
    Evga SR-2 // Gigabyte x58a-ud3r
    Memory
    12Gig Corsair XMS3 // 6Gig OCZ Gold
    Graphics Card(s)
    gtx 560 ti // gtx 260-216
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dual 22" // Headless
    Hard Drives
    OCZ aGILITY 3, 120Gig + Seagate 500Gig x 2
    PSU
    Silverstone da700 // Corsair 520hx
    Case
    Rosewill BlackHawk Ultra // Antec 900v1
    Cooling
    Twin CM Hyper 212+ // Noctua NH-u12
    Other Info
    Acer 8930 laptop with x9100...

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