Which CPU cooler should I buy?

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  1. ///M

    ///M New Member

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    I've been randomly buying parts for a new rig over the last month (watching slickdeals for deals), and I just have a few little things left to buy. All I'm trying to figure out is what CPU cooler to get :o. My setup so far:

    Purchased

    -Antec p180 case
    -Asus P5Q Pro
    -Intel C2D E8400
    -some Antec PSU, don't remember the model # off hand but it's 550w and has decent reviews from a few places :o
    -Visiontek Radeon HD4850
    -2x WD Caviar greenpower 500gb SATA hard drives

    In my cart right now
    -Arctic Silver 5
    -G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM (PC1000)
    -Samsung burner
    -random cheap 3.5" mediacard reader

    Might add later
    -1TB more HD capacity (seagate likely)
    -FTA/satellite dvb card



    Anyway, I just need to know what CPU cooler you'd suggest (no mad tyte LEDs or anything :o), and feel free to give my setup a quick look-over or mention anything that I might've missed :wavey:



    Edit: oh, and worth mentioning....a buddy of mine has an older WD Raptor new in box. It's this model: http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=872, 36GB and almost 5 years old, but still new :rofl:. Would it be wise to use this as my main system drive, or would I get better performance out of a more modern Seagate 7200.11 or something? :dunno: He wants $20 for it :o
     
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  2. ///M

    ///M New Member

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    OH WHAT THE FUCK.

    Newegg just jacked the price of the RAM up from $69.99 to $124.99 outta nowhere as it was in my cart :mad:
     
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    I'm running a Ninja Scythe...no complaints whatsoever...you can ever get away with running it passive. It is a little big though.
     
  4. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    [​IMG]

    I put this one on my father's audio recording computer a few days ago. You can just barely hear it if you turn the fan speed all the way up, and it runs about 10C cooler than the old heatsink.
     
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    i got the xigmatek 1283, it's 34.99 at newegg and has excellent reviews. it's another 6 bucks i think for the metal bracket, which is worth it.. so figure a total of about 41 bucks. It was recommended by OT to me when i was building mine. it's huge but it's quiet.

    i also have the p180 case, and the fitment is fine.
     
  6. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Wait, the Xigmatek doesn't even come with all the mounting hardware? Fuck that. The SilenX one I posted will fit on Socket 478/771/775/939/940/AM2, and it comes with all the necessary hardware too.
     
  7. crontab

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    i have a true 120 and with a yate loon 120mm. i have 3 x 120 mm and 1 x 92mm in my antec solo case and it's quiet.

    cooling is good. on my 3.2 Q6600 with as5, NON-LAPPED CPU and heatsink.

    ~35 idle, 50 load when gaming. 55-60 high load for running syn benches.

    room temp is 70-75.
     
  8. Doomsday

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    it comes default with the LGA775 push pin and an AM2 tool-less clip.
    the LGA775 push pins sucks.
    for large coolers such as this, a bolt-on/screw kit w/ backplate support = ftw
     
  9. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    The SilenX one works by attaching a Socket-478-style bracket to the motherboard, then clipping the heatsink onto the bracket. The entire bracket supports the heatsink, though, not just the retention clips, so there's no danger of twisting the CPU socket on a vertical motherboard. It's very well thought out, in my opinion.
     
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    ditch the AS5, get Arctic Cooling MX-2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186020

    for $20, I'd get the raptor.
     
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    cool. he doesn't want LED though.
     
  12. deusexaethera

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    There's a non-LED version available too, if it's really that big of a deal. Otherwise, they just felt like dolling-up the newest addition to their product line.
     
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    Netwit Pass the Kerbango

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    I use a CNPS9700 NT
     
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    I've always wanted to try that but it sucks getting it 1 part at a time. When I want to build a new comp I want all the parts at once.

    How much did it run you to piece it together like that?
     
  16. deusexaethera

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    Stop using pronouns. What is the "it" you're talking about? The heatsink? The whole computer?
     
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    The xigmatek is large, but fairly light-weight. It doesn't feel insecure at all with just the push-pins.
     
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    get a 7200.11 and use that instead of the raptor. these days, those old raptors are not a great hard drive.
     
  19. Doomsday

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    I have one and yes, it is very light weight compared to my Ultra-120.
    the push pin sucks. they bend and pop out.
    xigmatek sent me the bolt-thru-kit free when I emailed them about it.
     
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    boot drive = raptor > 7200.11
    everything else = 7200.11 > raptor

    what's $20, and use both? :dunno:
     
  22. deusexaethera

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    The VelociRaptor is kicking everything else's ass right now, though.
     
  23. deusexaethera

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    Ah. Well, the key is to get two-day shipping on everything, so it all arrives the same day unless something goes wrong.

    It also helps to order all the critical parts from the same place.
     
  24. ///M

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    :cool: Thanks for all the suggestions, I'll have to look them over in the morning when I order.

    Is this still true given that the drive is 5 years old and only has 8MB cache? Or would the Raptor still outperform the average 7200RPM SATA drive these days, in terms of noticable performance differences? :dunno:

    I have a newer thinkpad and a beater computer to use for the time being, no real hurry. I've been using macs for the past 3 years, and just gave mine to my sister and decided I wanted to build a new computer since I've never actually built one for myself, only for friends :o

    Anyway, the cost for everything (out of pocket cost) for me was:

    Antec p180 - $70 shipped, $140 MSRP
    Radeon 4850 - $93 after tax, $199 MSRP
    2x 500gb Caviar GPs - $56 shipped each after coupon, dunno msrp
    PSU - $45 shipped, ~$85ish MSRP
    E8400/P5Q Pro - $235 shipped after $20 rebate, $330 MSRP iirc

    Then whatever I spend on RAM and the last few bits, let's just say $160 or so. That brings it to approximately $715 give or take $30. I just threw together the same (approximate, might get different RAM) configuration on Newegg for $1099.13 shipped. A savings of almost $400 is worth it to me to wait a few weeks for deals to come around :coolugh:
     
  25. deusexaethera

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    The Raptor will have a shorter seek time than anything that spins slower -- physics demands it. The sustained data transfer rate is dictated more by the bit-density of the platters, which roughly boils down to Capacity / # of Platters / Platter Surface Area -- not that it's easy to tell what those values are, but fewer platters are better.

    As for the cache, you can get 16MB Raptors too.
     

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