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Effective inexpensive CPU cooler recommendations

Ambrother
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Hi I’m about to refresh a pc and I’m stuck on a decent cpu cooler that isn’t an aio. Noctua and a dark rock pro cost as much as a 120 aio here. Any recommendations for one to fit in an s340 elite 

 

 

cpu is either i5 8400 or 8600

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Uh... what CPU is it?

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Uh... what CPU is it?

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Uh... what CPU is it?

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3 minutes ago, Cereal5 said:

Uh... what CPU is it?

Sorry though I added it my bad. Depending what I can grab but it will be likely an i5 8400 or if available 8600 

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7 minutes ago, Ambrother said:

Sorry though I added it my bad. Depending what I can grab but it will be likely an i5 8400 or if available 8600 

Stock heatsink.

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4 minutes ago, bleedblue said:

Stock heatsink.

Really? Don't 8th gen chips have really shitty thermals? 

 

OP, the noctua and dark rock pro will out perform a 120mm AIO. Otherwise there's always the hyper 212, although I'd want something bigger for the 8th gen intel. Go check the air coolers recommendation and buy something in the "Better than Hyper 212 bracket". The higher you go, the better cooling you'll get.

 

I would just look through whatever site you're going to be buying from, searching for each of the coolers and buy the one that looks the best/matches your case/ you like the best. (So long as it's in the "better 212" or higher category.) 

 

 

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2 minutes ago, corrado33 said:

Really? Don't 8th gen chips have really shitty thermals? 

Provided OP's PC has adequate airflow, the stock heatsink should be enough. It'll just run louder and warmer than an aftermarket solution. 

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24 minutes ago, Ambrother said:

 Noctua and a dark rock pro cost as much as a 120 aio here.

and also beat 120mm aios by quite a lot in pretty much every way ;) 

 

anyway a cheap air cooler would be the gammaxx 400, performance is around the hyper 212, a bit better and it can be had cheaper generally

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It's a shame the artic freezer esports one isn't mentioned yet. It's the best air cooler imo on a low budget, but It's not for sale everywhere, as artic is a german company

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52 minutes ago, corrado33 said:

Really? Don't 8th gen chips have really shitty thermals? 

Nope. It's mainly due to settings like Asus' Multicore Enhancement being left on by default which is essentially an auto oc that temps seem high. 

When it comes to locked chips like the 8400 / 8600, the stock cooler is fine. 

 

If you want something quieter, PR Slim is good: https://au.pcpartpicker.com/product/hyQRsY/be-quiet-pure-rock-slim-351-cfm-cpu-cooler-bk008

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37 minutes ago, dgsddfgdfhgs said:

what exactly is your budget? would you mind buying overseas?

the AUD to USD conversion is bassically null and void and is comparable price especially when it's min $30 in shipping alone to bring it over. 

 

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1 hour ago, dgsddfgdfhgs said:

what exactly is your budget? would you mind buying overseas?

 For the cooler alone? Anywhere between 50-70 aud. The current cpu is a LGA 1150 socket I’ll probably just repurpose the current AIO. Especially since new cpu, ram, ssd and mobo is about $800 currently. 

 

I have already built a new pc just refreshing the old one for my brother. It’s still using the first ssd hdd and ddr3 ram I bought about 8-10 years ago 

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