Question CPU Cooler for AMD Ryzen 5 5600x for VR

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Hi,

Have been using my PC for about 9 months. 5 fans, 1 outake at the back, 1 outake on the top above CPU fan and then 3 on the front as intake. Temps at idle (Right now in a cold room 45C) however last night playing VR into the radius, they reached 95C quite quickly and the game stuttered tremendously as a result.

Other specs:
https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/tR2Wj2
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor (
Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX B550-F GAMING ATX AM4 Motherboard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive
Storage: Seagate BarraCuda 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 3070 8 GB GAMING X TRIO Video Card (
Case: Corsair 275R Airflow ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair RM (2019) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply

I am looking at getting this cooler to fix the issue: https://www.overclockers.co.uk/noctua-nh-u12s-se-am4-cpu-cooler-hs-03b-nc.html?gclid=CjwKCAiA4veMBhAMEiwAU4XRr113HCQkLIF6KmwFNg5-jGLRAcglmdVXnjIMBcfpjZIUk25ivE3T5RoCNvwQAvD_BwE

I did look at the FUMA 2 however it seems it didnt help people that drastically and as my room is usually hot and unfortunately the PC sits an an ever dusty area (I Dust & vacuum weekly but still dust buiildup is crazy, no alternative pc placement sadly) I really need a decent way to cool it, that is cheaper than water cooling and more reliable.

What thermal paste should I get?
What specific things should I research?
Is there a better alternative?


Thanks greatly, especially if you read this far :)
 

Nighthawk117

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What cooler do you currently use? As for thermal paste it doesn't really matter, the variation between them is quite small. I'd recommend Noctua NT-H1/H2 or Artic MX-5.
 

Nighthawk117

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Oh ok, they do run hot with those. 95C still more than I would expect, though the Noctua cooler you suggested or a 240mm AIO should be a notable improvement. I'd also recommend manually setting a more aggressive fan curve in the bios.
 

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Yes pulling the CPU out with the cooler, seen it too many times with AMD, my dad did it recently with a 2700X and bent the pins. My recommendation would be to power the computer on, maybe run something like Cinebench or a game or whatever for a bit just to soften the thermal paste. When your taking the current cooler off, I would gently twist it left and right to loosen it off the CPU rather than pull it straight out. A bit of IPA rubbing alcohol on a paper towel is best for cleaning the thermal paste off before you put your new cooler on, it comes off fairly easily then.
 
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Nighthawk117

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It's a personal choice of course, I'm sure some peeps would disagree but I would spare a thought for 240mm AIO's as an option for your new cooler. Nothing wrong with Noctua they would be my go to for air cooling. However as you have a tempered glass side panel, imo at least the AIO's look much prettier.

You can fit 240mm coolers in the roof of your case:
https://www.corsair.com/medias/sys_master/images/images/h70/h53/9330365366302/-CC-9011181-WW-Gallery-275R-BLACK-04.png

Corsair option:

If you want air cooling though then I think the one you've chosen is fairly solid.
 

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