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    Best CPU Cooler Under $50? Socket 1155

    Hey guys... I'm working on upgrading my system to an i5-3570kin a ASRock z77 Extreme 4, and I've been looking for a good cooler under like $50. I know the NH-D14 is the "best" right now, but I really can't see spending $90 on it, not to mention it is kind of ugly. Noise isn't a huge concern. Trying to fit this inside an Antec 900.

    Are there any good coolers offering similar performance to the NH-D14 around $50? USA -Newegg/Amazon ok.
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    Someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think the Coolermaster Hyper 212+ is still the king for budget CPU coolers. Should be able to add a 2nd fan and still come out under $50.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wrestler10307 View Post
    Hey guys... I'm working on upgrading my system to an i5-3570kin a ASRock z77 Extreme 4, and I've been looking for a good cooler under like $50. I know the NH-D14 is the "best" right now, but I really can't see spending $90 on it, not to mention it is kind of ugly. Noise isn't a huge concern. Trying to fit this inside an Antec 900.

    Are there any good coolers offering similar performance to the NH-D14 around $50? USA -Newegg/Amazon ok.
    The best coolers on the market, being Noctua and Phanteks, are only seperated from the mid range priced coolers by a couple to several degrees at most. It's not a wide gap to be honest. However, we get what we paid for.. in my case that was a massive cooler that shaved off those extra degrees.

    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo is a good cooler.

    Xigmatech Gaia is another solid cooler.

    EDIT - My own opinion, go with the Hyper 212 Evo. The stock fan on it performs quite well.
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    Thanks for the info. I see there is the 212 plus and the 212 evo, and I can't quite tell the difference between the two. Any insight?
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    I'm not sure if you'll be able to get it for under $50 (look around for a deal), but the NZXT Havik 140 is an absolutely brilliant cooler and well worth the money. Turn it down, and it is silent. I mean it's actually silent to the point you'd struggle to hear it over the natural sound of a quiet room. It still cools extremely well even when running at minimum speed. Turn the fan up and you can hear it, but the cooling it provides here is immense. I'll be honest and say it really compared well to my dedicated loop in terms of temperatures.
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    Ooh I like that one... good "benchmark" over the Noctua, for 59.99 at newegg. So now I can't decide between the Havik 140 and the 212 evo.
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