Reccomended Budget CPU Coolers for Intel Core 2 Duo

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With prices of Intel Core 2 Duo's being slashed in price so many of us are choosing to upgrade.

Now you have that faster processor and everthing is going great but what can you do to get the most out of it.

Well the Stock heatsink you get with your CPU is not exactly up to scratch yes it works but temperatures and noise levels can be greatly improved. Also air flow and box standard design does not really do your systen any justice.

So we are going to reccomend to you some of the best CPU coolers on the market to fit everyones budget




Akasa AK-965 CPU Cooler for Intel P4 775

Designed for Intel Socket LGA 775. Intel Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo, Pentium 4, Pentium D

Price Roughly £15.00


Socket type Intel LGA 775
Heatsink dimension 138.4 x 105 x 58mm
Heatsink material Aluminium fins, copper heatpipes and base
Cooler dimension 138.4 x 111.6 x 89.5mm
Fan dimension 92 x 25mm (on 80mm fan fitting)
Fan speed 600 - 3000 R.P.M.
Fan connector 4-pin (PWM enabled)
Fan airflow 10.56 - 57.21 CFM
Fan air pressure 0.18 - 4.27mm H20
Fan life expectancy 45000/hrs
Bearing type Ball Bearing
Voltage rating 12V
Noise level 17 - 36 dB(A)

This lo-noise AK-965 utilizes U-shape heatpipes technology for rapid and even heat transfer, with a copper base it gives maximum heat absorption; the three precision embedded copper heatpipes ensure a hi-speed heat transfer and with 45 aluminium fine fins you get the ultimate heat dissipation.

It has INTEL approved power management (PWM) lo-noise 92mm round frame fan which provides efficient and quiet cooling and the Intel reference push-pin retention is used for safe and easy attachment. No need for additional Thermal compound as it is pre-applied.

The specific fan positioning enhances the VRM cooling (VRM - CPU Voltage Regulator Modules located on the motherboard).
The AK-965 can be assembled horizontally or vertically as the heatpipes work independently of installation direction.

• Very Quiet
• Cheap
• Very good cooling performance
• A breeze to install/uninstall

You won’t be disappointed.



Thermaltake CPU Cooler - TMG i2 - Intel P4 Socket 775

Designed for Designed for Intel Socket LGA 775. Intel Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo, Pentium 4, Pentium D

Price Roughly £17.00


Dimension 115(L) x 102(W) x 103(H)mm
Heatsink Material Copper Base / Aluminium Fin
Heatpipe ø6mm x 4
Fan Dimension 92(L) x 92(W) x 32(H)mm
Rated Voltage 12 V
Fan Speed 300~2500RPM(PWM)
Max. Air Flow 35.14 CFM
Noise Level 16 dBA
Life Expectation 50,000 Hours
Connector 4-Pin PWM function
Weight 385g

This Incredibly Quiet Frameless fan: Differs from the traditional framed fans by reducing the backpressure and turbulence produced by the air hitting the side walls of traditional fans. As a result, the frameless fans are much quieter.
It has a Unique fan blade design which produce less noise due to reduced backpressure.The enter bearing design allows extra oil capacity to elongate the life of the fan and reduce noise levels unlike sleeve fans.
The built in PWM controller fan supports Intel PWM FSC specifications which allows the fan to be automatically adjusted via the motherboard BIOS. Then according to the temperature of the CPU, the fan will spin at whatever speed is necessary to reduce unnecessary noise.
The TMG CPU coolers have built-in springs to absorb any vibrations created during the fan operation, this prevents the heatsink and clip from damaging the CPU through vibration, which also extends the lifetime of CPU.
For Maximum Cooling the Four heatpipes efficiently deliver the heat from the CPU directly to the dissipation fins.
These high density heatsink fins significantly increase the surface area for cooling; combined with a high airflow fan, the improvement is drastic.

Low Cost

Easy Installation 

Lightweight / Compact Design

Cool Temperatures

low noise near silent

Outstanding Blown away performance




Thermalright CPU Cooler MST9775 LE - with 92mm Fan Intel P4 Socket 775

Designed for Intel Socket LGA 775. Intel Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo, Pentium 4, Pentium D

Roughly £18.00


Dimension:  L133 x W122 x H71 (mm) Fin only, with 25mm thick fan
Weight:  430g (heat sink with fan)
Fan Spec:
Speed: 500rpm ~2500 rpm
Air Flow: 45.5 CFM (Max)
Noise Level: 12.0 dBA ~31.0 dBA

This heatsink has Soldered fins to a copper base to make effective contact and its very Light weight and easy to install.
With its Enormous wingspan it gives an extra cooling umph to the MOSFET or NB chipset
MST-9775 (for Intel socket 775) is intended to be an affordable alternative to rid of your Intel stock/OEM CPU cooler. Believe us when we say that after installing this on your system, you will have absolutely no excuse to keep your current stock cooler. Like many of us, when you hear the word “affordable”, you‘re probably rolling your eyes thinking that corners, more than likely had been cut, performance levels downgraded, and quality? What’s quality got to do with affordability? That may be true in a lot of things but it DOES NOT apply here at Thermalright! So if you are looking for a performance boost that won't burn a hole in your pocket and quality that will never subside, get MST-9975 and let it prove to you that a small investment can yield big results.

  • Very affordable

  • Quiet 92mm Fan

  • Compact and light

  • Accommodating size to install in Small Form Factor (SFF) PC computers

  • Cools surrounding chipset



Xilence Air Engine CPU Cooler - for Intel P4 Skt 775

Designed for Intel Socket LGA 775. Intel Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo, Pentium 4, Pentium D 

Roughly £10.00


Material: Aluminium
Mass: 98 x 85 x 56.5 mm
Exhaust: 92 x 92 x 38 mm
Number of revolutions: 2.200rpm ± 10% (41 CFM/69,7 m ³ /h)
Noise: 19-22dB
Weight: approx. 557.5g
Connection: 3-Pin Molex Power Connector - 3 Pin


TheXilence Air Engine has an innovative stator mounting set up which reduces swirling and increases the overall air flow. This leads to a maximum cooling capacity with minimum noise. The heatsink is conceived for current Intel processors on basis of a skt 755 the base consists of a solid aluminum block, which carries the heat fast and reliably to the aluminum Fins of the heatsink. This is then dispersed and cooled down by a round 92mm fan exhaust which is quiet and reliable.
The fan has rotor blades and the grill is set in a dome shapeto help airflow. The installation is really very simple as it already has Xilence Silver Tim thermal paste pre applied.

  • Best budget cooler available for price

  • Unique design for maximum airflow

  • screwless design for anti vibration

  • low noise with quiet 92mm fan

  • easy installation



Arctic-Cooling Freezer 7 PRO - P4 775 up to 4.4 GHz

Designed for Intel Socket LGA 775. Intel Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo, Pentium 4, Pentium D

Roughly £13.99


Bearing type: ceramic bearing
Weight: 520 g
Service lifetime: approximately 137,000 hours
Operating voltage: 12 V DC
Rotational speed: ~ 300 - 2500 RPM/min. (controlled via the PWM signal of LGA 775 mainboards)
Air flow rate: maximum 45 CFM = 77 m³/h
Noise development: 0.9 Sone
Connection: 4-pin (PWM)
Suitable for: all Intel Pentium 4 and Pentium D processors for sockets LGA 775

Arctic-Cooling Freezer 7 Pro is the optimum solution for cooling Intel LGA 775 processors. With Heat pipe technology, which has already proven its worth so far, makes it possible for the cooler to absorb the heat generated by the processor in an optimal way. The low speed 92 mm fan reduces the noise level to a minimum the fan holder is able to practically eliminate the typical buzzing sound of 92 mm fans.Powerful cooling 6 Heat Pipes (three used double sided) are able to transfer heat up to 200 Watt. The heat exchanger is built of 42 fins and consists of a surface area of over 4700 cm2 and allows for resistance free energy transfer to air.Air is drawn in from the side of the fan to cool the components around the CPU. Some air is also blown out towards the voltage converters o­n the mainboard with the bent fins at the bottom.

  • Superb cooling straight out of the box

  • Easy to install

  • Soft-mounted 92mm fan

  • Very quiet at low speeds

  • Long Warranty


So from between £10.00 to £18.00 you can choose any one of these coolers and be confident you have just wasted your money.

These coolers are not designed for the extreme overclocker but are ideal for the average PC owner.

These heatsinks will be a vast improvement on your stock cooler

You will get reduced noise levels and better cooling which then goes hand in hand with better performance from your CPU.

You are also helping to prolong the life of your processor after all you just spent hard cash on it.

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