Went with the HDT-D1284 and KazeMaru 2 1200rpm fan
The heatsink will be used on the rig in my sig so it's for a 65nm E6700 @ 3ghz on stock volts.
Okay, NewEgg is having 15% off all heatsinks today so I'm going to pull the trigger on a good top-down heatsink for my HTPC. My budget is a solid $40 shipped and here are the candidates:XIGMATEK HDT-D1284
--- If I get this heatsink, due to the price I'm also getting this fan for a total of $37.36 shipped :
--- Scythe Slip Stream Kaze Maru2 SM1425SL12M
--- 100mm I know but it's price and potential silence got it a place in my lineup Scythe Big Shuriken SCBSK-1000
$32.30 shippedCooler Master GeminII S
$36.55 shippedEnzotech Extreme-X Rev.A
Off the bat I'm not as concerned about noise as all of my choices can have the fan upgraded so please focus on heatsink design, fin spacing and vrm cooling support. I know the Enzotech has the potential to be anything but silent but the fan on it will only be kept for a week or 2 tops before I find a suitable replacement.
If someone knows of a better top-down choice for $40 or less shipped please do tell