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Advice: CPU Cooler
« on: April 24, 2019, 07:14:54 am »
I'm in the market for a new cpu cooler/fan. The one I've had for several years now has up and died, and I'm a bit worried that prolonged usage of my computer without said cooler will be bad for said CPU's health...
So any recommendations? Should I go with a fan cooler (Which I have now) or use one of those new liquid coolers instead?

Currently, I have a CoolerMaster - don't ask which model, because it didn't come with a box - but it's actually too big for my case. My CPU is an AMD® Phenom(tm) ii x6 1090t processor × 5 .
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Re: Advice: CPU Cooler
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2019, 07:58:34 am »
I'm in the market for a new cpu cooler/fan. The one I've had for several years now has up and died, and I'm a bit worried that prolonged usage of my computer without said cooler will be bad for said CPU's health...

I check out the Tom's Hardware web site whenever I need current hardware info and reviews. Here's a link to their April 2019 "Best CPU Coolers" Page:

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-cpu-coolers,4181.html
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Re: Advice: CPU Cooler
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2019, 08:36:49 am »
I'm in the market for a new cpu cooler/fan. The one I've had for several years now has up and died, and I'm a bit worried that prolonged usage of my computer without said cooler will be bad for said CPU's health...
So any recommendations? Should I go with a fan cooler (Which I have now) or use one of those new liquid coolers instead?
Currently, I have a CoolerMaster - don't ask which model, because it didn't come with a box - but it's actually too big for my case. My CPU is an AMD® Phenom(tm) ii x6 1090t processor × 5 .


The last two boxen I've built (one AMD, one Intel) have been liquid cooled and I've been very happy with the results. I absolutely swear by Corsair for cooling.
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Re: Advice: CPU Cooler
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2019, 12:27:12 pm »
So any recommendations? Should I go with a fan cooler (Which I have now) or use one of those new liquid coolers instead?
Currently, I have a CoolerMaster - don't ask which model, because it didn't come with a box - but it's actually too big for my case. My CPU is an AMD® Phenom(tm) ii x6 1090t processor × 5 .

My own thought is that unless you're overclocking and/or into extreme gaming, liquid cooling is overkill. Go with a good-quality fan cooler with heat pipes, and make sure that you have good air circulation within the case (in other words, that you have sufficient case fans installed). Many current production motherboards, especially the high-powered ones, have the capability to experiment with the fan settings and determine the best speed to operate them at to maximize cooling while minimizing noise.
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