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Old January 22, 2011, 03:25 PM
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xigmatek or the hyper 212 are both great coolers for there price's. or buy used off of here and grab a decent thermalright,prolimatech or well those are my fav's right know oh crap forgot the noctua there a great cooler too.
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Old January 22, 2011, 06:14 PM
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I'm well behind on my fan reviews, but remember that the included fan is quite capable on its own. Any chance the stock fan is an R4 without the LED?

+++ for the Hyper 212+. I wouldn't buy anything else these days when it comes to budget air cooling.
The included fan is a Blade Master I believe Blade Master 120mm - Cooler Master

Definitely a very good cooler for the money, got it on a Core I5-760.
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Old January 22, 2011, 07:06 PM
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The included fan is indeed a BladeMaster. Damn shame they are so hard to find separately! Much like ssw, the 212+ is my budget cooler of choice. Hell, I use it on customer builds that don't even NEED an aftermarket cooler (I just swap out the fan for a lower rpm fan...and keep the blademaster for myself ;) ).

Unless you are going for some real high end OC's the 212+ is your best choice. IF you ever find yourself yearning for more than what the 212+ can do....you will need to either go for a Noctua D14 beast, Prolimatech SuperMega, one of the the other super high ends...or go water. No sense going for the mid tiers like a Zalman Flex as the dif wont justify the added expense.

YMMV, but I would stick with the 212+ with stock BladeMaster fan, and IF you need more than that....THEN get a pair of CM R4s. IF that doest cut it, then get a SuperMega and stick those two R4s on it...if THAT doesn't do it...you need to go water (with tripple or quad rad!!). :)
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Old January 23, 2011, 09:34 PM
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Thanks for the tips ! Dam good doing about 30% difference in cooling versus stock. Install was a breeze also...
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