So I recently sold a bunch of PCs and PC items on Ebay and decided to reinvest a small amount of the profits in an upgrade for my work horse PC that would do Video Editing, Video Trans-coding, etc. It's currently a relatively lame Intel Core 2 Duo and wanted to move up.
Bought an AMD Zambesi six core FX-6100 processor for $129 and an Asrock AMD 970 based mobo for $79. Decided to go with a heatsink/fan that's better than what came with the processor seeing as how reviews of that processor said it ran a little hot with the stock cooler.. Read a few reviews and settled on the Coolermaster Hyper 212+....$19.99 with rebate.
Well I didn't pay much attention to the details. Everything arrived yesterday and I assembled it today. So what do you think? Too much heatsink/fan? LOL!
I think I'm set for cooling! Even for future processor upgrades. This is going in an existing Lian-Li full tower case so there's no issue on clearance. The Heatsink is like 6.5" tall by itself. Add the height of the mobo on standoffs and you wouldn't be able to fit this in any mid-tower case. Cheaper than liquid cooling! Heck you can't buy a decent normal sized aftermarket heatsink/fan for $20 that actually does some decent cooling.
I think I'll just call this setup the "Tower of Power"!
Had to remove the stock base plate that's under the mobo along with the plastic brackets on top and replace them with the supplied one from CoolerMaster. Took about 10 minutes to do with a Philips screwdriver. Thermal compound is included.
This cooler works on Intel late model socket processors too.
I haven't fired it up yet to see what kind of temps there will be at idle and full load.
Got to admit..that's a lot of cooling hardware for $19.99!
A lot of the smaller coolers with smaller fans are pretty noisy. This Honker has a 120mm fan so it'll move a lot of air quietly. The kit also included brackets for adding an additional 120mm fan for Push/Pull airflow. Don't think I'll need them right now!
^^^ this... cooling is obviously the most overlooked thing but id say the most important, all you will do is extend the computers life, and for $20 thats a steal where did you get it from, ive seen heatsinks that size going for more,
BTW dont overlook the power source, esp if you plan to throw in a high end graphics card
Starting up a barebones benchtop build to see how this does. Mobo on the bench with a Power supply and optical/hard drive attached. Loading Win 7 Ultimate x64. Update the drivers and then it's time for a "Torture" test to see what kind of temperatures I get on this puppy. Idle and full tilt boogey will be checked! Stay tuned!
Looks like processor temps have leveled out at 50 degrees C so far!. Idle temp when I started was 34 C. I'll wait another couple of hours. Of course this will be different then when everything is in the case and sealed up. Right now everything is sitting in free air with plenty of airflow. I'm thinking maybe another 5 C when it's all in the case. Still impressive for the low fan speed...but it is a large 120mm that moves plenty of air at low speeds.