Liquid CPU cooler for 8350

Azuma Hazuki

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Not really necessary, TBH. I generally recommend people Noctua air coolers for the FX series if their cases are big enough to accept them, assuming they're not OC'ing as you said you won't be.
 

guskline

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If you are not going to overclock at all, why not stick with the stock cooler?
 

EXCellR8

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the coolers that AMD supplies aren't all that great...

i'd recommend the hyper 212 evo. it's typically 30 dollars and you can even OC with it if you wanted. i realize you don't plan to however.
 
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SlowSpyder

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If you're not overclocking I'd get something smaller and cheaper. That cooler costs nearly as much as the CPU. You can probably get something that's nearly silent on a factory clocked FX8350 for under $30.
 

Ranulf

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If you are not going to overclock at all, why not stick with the stock cooler?
Because they're noisy as hell? They're decent enough for a stock cooler (far better than what intel gives you at the sub $200 level) but they get loud, especially after a year or two of dust and a program that pushes the cpu. 3000+ rpm on a what, 70mm fan? Not pleasant.
 

EXCellR8

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Whenever a customer wants an FX machine I always suggest upgrading the cooler. I've had too many complaints in the past of machines getting hot and shutting down. To be honest though, if you scrape off the lousy thermal that comes pre-applied and use something better there will be some improvement.

However, it's better to just not use the stock cooler anyway. At the end of the day they are cheaply manufactured and the design itself should probably be revised.
 

guskline

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I agree on an aftermarket cooler, I have used AIOs prior to jumping into custom water cooling. Both allow decent OCing.
 

sandorski

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The main advantage to a water cooler is in moving the bulk of the cooling mechanism outside the middle of things. Another advantage is exhausting the heat directly to the outside of the Case. It is more expensive though and if your Case is large enough and has decent ventilation a cheap 120mm fanned air cooler will work fine.

For overclockers you tend to get better temps with water as well. In comparison to cheaper Air Coolers anyway.
 

p30web

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I agree on an aftermarket cooler, I have used AIOs prior to jumping into custom water cooling. Both allow decent OCing.
 
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Yuriman

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I hate to bring this up, but do you already have the 8350? If you're willing to drop $130 for a cooler, you could buy a $130 better CPU, which would give you a lot more bang for your buck.
 

MrTeal

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I hate to bring this up, but do you already have the 8350? If you're willing to drop $130 for a cooler, you could buy a $130 better CPU, which would give you a lot more bang for your buck.
Yeah, this. If you don't plan on overclocking, your $170 for a 8350 and $130 for a CPU cooler could buy a 4C8T Haswell Xeon for $250, a decent tower cooler, and maybe some extra ram or a case of beer.
 

superstition

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I hate to bring this up, but do you already have the 8350? If you're willing to drop $130 for a cooler, you could buy a $130 better CPU, which would give you a lot more bang for your buck.
The $35 cooler I linked to is more than adequate since he said he's not overclocking.
 

nanaki333

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if there's space, i always go water. they have corsair and antec coolers on ebay constantly for ~$35 shipped if you watch them. i got a 120v and a kuhler for under $40. if your case is big enough that is. a lot cheaper than high end air coolers and keeps even the FX series cool and quiet. :)

EDIT: i was checking the usual places and even microcenter doesn't have any for $40 right now. if you have time you could snag one at a good deal, otherwise, may as well just get one of the air coolers suggested.
 
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guskline

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OP, I just listed under the For Sale forum my used but in excellent shape AIOs- Kraken X60;Corsair H100 and Thermaltake Water2. Take a look. I sent you a PM.
 

Headfoot

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If you don't already own the 8350 your money is better spent on a better CPU before spending on a better cooler.
 

nanaki333

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If you don't already own the 8350 your money is better spent on a better CPU before spending on a better cooler.
microcenter gives pretty badass deals on AMD CPU kits, including 8320, 8350 and all the LE parts too, so it would make a nice budget gaming computer. :D
 

SlowSpyder

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microcenter gives pretty badass deals on AMD CPU kits, including 8320, 8350 and all the LE parts too, so it would make a nice budget gaming computer. :D

Yup, right now they have the FX8370E for $150 and it looks like a further $40 saving when bundled with a compatible motherboard. Nice.
 

rancherlee

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Depends on the default cooler, the Heatpipe one isn't horrible at stock clocks and he could try under-volting the chip also. Every 8320 "microcenter" build I've done lately for friends and family have all ran stock 8350 speeds with less than 1.25v and stayed cool enough with the stock cooler during stress testing. Liquid is overkill, my personal 8230 Is running at 4.5ghz with stock voltage and never gets above 50*c with an corsair H90.
 

SlowSpyder

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Depends on the default cooler, the Heatpipe one isn't horrible at stock clocks and he could try under-volting the chip also. Every 8320 "microcenter" build I've done lately for friends and family have all ran stock 8350 speeds with less than 1.25v and stayed cool enough with the stock cooler during stress testing. Liquid is overkill, my personal 8230 Is running at 4.5ghz with stock voltage and never gets above 50*c with an corsair H90.

I'm under water, but I've been able to run 4.4GHz 1.25v on my system. I didn't try a lower voltage, there may have been a little more to go yet. The FX are power hungry out of the box, but if you don't mind playing around with the settings they can be quite acceptable.

And I agree 100%, the 80mm fan four heatpipe copper base cooler AMD includes is quite beefy by factory cooler standards.
 
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Jovec

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FYI, FX OC clocks/volts/temps are somewhat meaningless unless you are able to disable APM (AMD's power throttling).
 

Headfoot

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To be honest I'd take the $130 i3-6100 + BCLK overclocking over a $150 8370E every day of the week for gaming. Even cheap AMD builds aren't a good idea unless you're literally so low down on the totem pole you can only afford iGPU. The i3-6100 leaves you an easy upgrade path on a modern board, and it's going to end up being as fast or faster than an overclocked 8370E (when the 6100 is overclocked to a typical 4.4ghz). The stock i3-6100 beats a 8320 @ 4.6 in a lot of games too....

http://www.techspot.com/review/1087-best-value-desktop-cpu/page4.html
 
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