- Feb 22, 2008
Cool, thanks for all the advice. I probably will upgrade when IVB comes out, and then upgrade on a shorter cycle.If you can find a cheap $5-10 fan for the Tuniq, and want to hold out until Haswell, do that. Tuniq is still a very good cooler. But if you are going to spend $15-20 on a new fan, might as well get a new cooler . You'll be able to transfer the cooler over to Z77 motherboard on Socket 1155 since I am pretty sure the Tuniq won't work on Socket 1155 if you get Ivy. Also, 1150 is backwards compatible with 1155 socket. If you buy a cooler that's compatible with Socket 1155/1156 now, if you decide to skip Ivy Bridge, you should still be good to go later on. But this got me thinking: if you transfer the Q6600 to your 2nd rig, you'll want to keep it at 3.15ghz I suppose and carry over the Tuniq?
*Corsair A70 comes with 2 fans! for $30 after rebate* Sounds like you can get that cooler and keep the Tuniq working for your 2ndary system by using one of those fans for the Tuniq.
If judging based on budget coolers alone, the CM212 you linked is good too. It has a version with a better fan called CM212 Evo. If you want a very silent rig, Thermalright Macho HR-02 or Thermalright True Spirit 140 are good (but they are large/tall, and will cost about $40-50 with shipping and all). Another notable stand-out for $30 is True Spirit 120. Macho HR-02 or True Spirit 140 will give performance within 90% of the best such as Noctua NH-D14, Silver Arrow, Phanteks, Corsair H100.
There are so many great budget coolers, it's hard to choose. If you find a sale, Scythe Yasya, Xigmatek Gaia, Zalman CNPS10x Performa, etc.
Cougar 120mm (with or without fan control; depends on what you want).
Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP14 or AP15 if you can find it in stock
Noiseblocker SilentPro PL2
Noiseblocker Black Silent with PWM control.
^ You can look within the families to find the balance of noise and air flow. If you pay extra, you can get a fan with PWM control within some of these series.
Sensible budget choices
Thermalright TR-FDB-1600 Fluid Dynamic
It's not hard. I just used a flat-head screwdriver to push the 2 white pins out from the bottom of the motherboard. Just be careful. Once you push them, the heatsink will still be attached. You just need to twist it and it should pop off. But honestly, if you are already stable at 3.15ghz and you have a fan on top, it's not worth the hassle. It sounds to me like northbridge temperatures are not impeding your CPU overclock. You can always use EasyTune to check your System motherboard temperature. Hardware Monitor is a neat program too.
P180/182/183 are some of the worst for case airflow. Stay with Antec 900.
Should you ever choose to upgrade your case sometime in the future, the link above, and this Review should quickly make you realize how important case airflow is for a modern system.
Unfortunately, a lot of people buy high-end coolers and then put it into a case with horrible airflow....Antec 900 is good though.
It's not 2 years. It'll probably be 12-15 months until Haswell. However, Haswell will use DDR3-1600 and your Socket 1155/1156 cooler should be backwards compatible. So worst case, get IVB, transfer Q6600 over. If in 15 months you feel the urge to upgrade, you can always dump IVB+mobo and carry over the CPU heatsink and the RAM.
Just make sure to get DDR3-1600 at 1.25 / 1.35 or 1.5V.
Right now the premium for 1.25 or 1.35V ram is very small. I also prefer modules with low heatsinks so that I have the option to throw a massive CPU cooler later.
I threw in a variety for you to come back to later on.
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series - 1.35V
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline - 1.35V
CORSAIR Vengeance Low Profile - 1.35V
G.SKILL Sniper Series - 1.35V
G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage - 1.25V :wub:
The *Dark Horse* - Samsung 30nm DDR3, but it sells out.
I think my biggest problem is im not comfortable with selling used CPU/mobo/heatsink/ram etc. I always worry something would get damaged in shipping. And then theres the issue of securing it before i ship.
If i can get comfortbale with that. I would be ok with spending a few hundred every year or two and selling my old CPU/MOBO and possibly ram and upgrading. Until now though my cycle has been: buy for me, keep as long as possible, move old parts into extra PC until they have close to no value.