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What heatsink should I get for my AMD FX-8350? Answered

In short:
I built a computer octoboer 2013, I used an AMD FX-8350, the default heatsink is terrible and often gives me the BSoD when playing games or rendering things in Cinema 4D, What heatsink should I get? I don't know much about heatsinks, especially seeing that I used the stock heatsink. My motherboard is an ASUS M5A99X (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131874) and my case is a RAIDMAX Seiran ATX-902WB (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156269). My budget is about $60 or so. I don't want to spend more than I need to though. The most demanding thing that gets me the BSoD is rendering things like on Cinema 4D 100% CPU. When I render, however, I usually set the affinity of Cinema 4D to only 5 cores instead of eight. So here are some of my questions: Do I need an extra wire from my PSU to run the fan? Or does the fan on the heat sink simply have a wire to plug into the CPU fan socket? Also, do I need to take my motherboard off in order to put the heatsink in? Thanks!



5 years ago

Yes I agree the OEM one just doesn't cut it. The sad thing is that they say you have to use it keep the warranty. But since it has already been broken in who is to know if you switch to another one?

If you want to use water cooling then Burf has the way to go. I used to use water cooling. I had to switch back because there were no adapters for my cooling block to fit my socket when I upgraded. Water cooling can leak and it can run low of coolant but those are usually not problems.

For a standard type Cooler master has a few really good ones. It will depend on the room you have for the fan. If the case can fit it use the 120 mm fan one with 4 heat pipes. One nice thing about the Cooler Master one is that it uses standard fans so if the bearings go out in the fan you can replace it with a stock one.

Although I don't usually recommend specific vendors this is a really nice one and in fact I am planning on getting this one for my own FX which has been running a little hot.



5 years ago

I have used a Cooler Master liquid cooler on my last two PCs and have never had an overheating issue. Whether you need to pull the mobo or not depends on if you have enough room in the case to make the installation. Since I always use a full tower case for my builds, space never been an issue for me. The Cooler Master liquid coolers just plug into one of the empty sockets on the board, quick and easy.

I got mine from Amazon for $58, but I think the price has been raised a couple of dollars since then. Here is a link to the one I'm now using: