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Ive got an amd phenom II x4 965 that needs better cooling. Because well, underclocked to 3 Ghz at full load its hitting 65 celcius, which is the recommended max temperature. Im looking to clock it up to 3.8, but it hits the low 70's after 60 seconds on full load. Im looking at the arctic freezer xtreme revision 2, and it looks like a good cooler. Does anyone have a way to confirm my theory? or any cheap cooler recommendations? Im looking to spend less than $55
 
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Get the Nocuta NDH-14
 
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Get the Nocuta NDH-14

$75 is just a bit outside my price range, and im fairly sure that it is too big for my mid tower case anyways :\
 
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I dont much like the idea of possibly having a tube rupture then fry my setup, so air cooling is the way im leaning. on a side note, that is an amazing gif you have there:smile:


Thank you for the gif compliment! But personally I'd be less worried about liquid cooling causing a problem than I would be with a fan. I understand the worry about liquid cooling causing a problem, but personally I've had it in my PC(s) for...5 years now? Never once had a problem with liquid cooling. Fans, however, if they're hopped up to really counter an intense gaming session, could potentially have a "stress fracture" and snap, causing cooling issues and potentially harming quite a few things within the PC. It's sort of a "pick your poison" type of choice when it comes down to it. Although the chance of a line rupturing or a fan snapping are very, very slim, either way you choose.
 
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Thank you for the gif compliment! But personally I'd be less worried about liquid cooling causing a problem than I would be with a fan. I understand the worry about liquid cooling causing a problem, but personally I've had it in my PC(s) for...5 years now? Never once had a problem with liquid cooling. Fans, however, if they're hopped up to really counter an intense gaming session, could potentially have a "stress fracture" and snap, causing cooling issues and potentially harming quite a few things within the PC. It's sort of a "pick your poison" type of choice when it comes down to it. Although the chance of a line rupturing or a fan snapping are very, very slim, either way you choose.

ah you mustve got one of the better closed loop systems then. because when i was looking at one there were alot of people saying that it sprang leaks frequently. so how difficult would you say it was to find the space for 2 fans and a radiator in your case?
 
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ah you mustve got one of the better closed loop systems then. because when i was looking at one there were alot of people saying that it sprang leaks frequently. so how difficult would you say it was to find the space for 2 fans and a radiator in your case?

Not very hard at all, really.
 
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ok well ill see if i can squeeze the few extra dollars in my budget to get the one you recommended then, thanks for all the help


The Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer performs pretty much on par with the Xigmatek Dark Knight when the fans are on high, and when the fans are on low the Thermaltake is louder but cools better, whilst the Xigmatek is quieter but cools worse.
 
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