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CPU Heat Problems/Buying a Cooler

Hey guys! My Ryzen 5 3600 has been getting pretty hot over the last month. I just built the computer a month ago and usually don't play crazy demanding games, but when I do the CPU gets up to 95°C with the stock cooler.

 

My plan will be to buy a new CPU cooler. The question for me is: Which? I want to make sure it'll fit with my mobo and case. My case is a Antec NX300 and the Mobo is a Gigabyte B450M Gaming. The issue I see coming is that my mobo only has 2 RAM slots, which makes it a pretty tight fit considering I can't slide over the RAM to make more space. Any ideas of a cooler I should get that will fit in my build? I'm ok with air or water, but I would prefer air to keep it a little cheaper for myself. Thanks!

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Any single tower cooler should fit fine, you really only have to worry when you have tiny cases for like mini ITX builds or step up to dual tower. Literally anything would be better than the stock cooler. Well, maybe not *anything*, but it wouldn't make anything crazy. If you want budget, go for a Hyper 212. If you want quality, go for a Noctua U12S.

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it shouldn't get to 95 unless you did some crazy overclocking or your ambient temp is 35+

try to re-mount it first, make sure you apply only a small amount of paste and you tighten it as much as possible.

if still not working, the arctic freezer 34 esports duo is what i'd recommend for a new cooler

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well... if you want performance over all everything go for liquid cooling or even something like a noctua, the NH D15 is a really good performer but the U12A is also really impressive for it's compact size.
if you don't want to sped 100 bucks on a cooler get the Hyper TX12 Evo in one of the 3000 different versions of the cooler 

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4 minutes ago, boggy77 said:

it shouldn't get to 95 unless you did some crazy overclocking or your ambient temp is 35+

try to re-mount it first, make sure you apply only a small amount of paste and you tighten it as much as possible.

if still not working, the arctic freezer 34 esports duo is what i'd recommend for a new cooler

I've googled a lot about the overheating issue and see a lot of these replies, but also a lot saying the new stock coolers are just bad. I agree that it shouldn't be hitting 95°, but at the same time I don't really know what else could be so wrong. I've made sure it's sitting well on the CPU and such. It's idle is around 40-50°, also pretty toasty. Thanks for the recommendation!

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8 minutes ago, Chris Pratt said:

Any single tower cooler should fit fine, you really only have to worry when you have tiny cases for like mini ITX builds or step up to dual tower. Literally anything would be better than the stock cooler. Well, maybe not *anything*, but it wouldn't make anything crazy. If you want budget, go for a Hyper 212. If you want quality, go for a Noctua U12S.

Thanks for the recommendation!

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6 minutes ago, mbntr said:

well... if you want performance over all everything go for liquid cooling or even something like a noctua, the NH D15 is a really good performer but the U12A is also really impressive for it's compact size.
if you don't want to sped 100 bucks on a cooler get the Hyper TX12 Evo in one of the 3000 different versions of the cooler 

Thank you for the recommendations! I'll look into it.

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