Need help choosing a CPU Cooler for my first build

Hi there,

I'm having trouble choosing a cooler for my first ever build so I haven't a clue. But I would like something that is going to keep my rig cool playing a lot of games as that is the main use for it.

I am wanting something that is going to be a snazzy upgrade as I plan on upgrading the motherboard and CPU eventually.

Zalman Z11 PLUS case
I7 CPU 930 @ 2.80 GHZ OC at 3.80 GHZ ( Which I didn't do myself )
Asus P6T SE (Socket 1366) Motherboard
12GB of Corsair DDR3 RAM
Stock case fans (5 in total) excluding the heatsink fan
and finally, ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2, CPU Cooler is being used at the moment.

I am open to W/C or an air cooled heatsink. Whatever is best suited to my build.

Thanks in advance. :)
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    Ive used this cooler in an i7 2011 build and it keeps it at like 15ish degrees. so id go with
  2. if you like your zalman case you could go with one of their distinctive CPU coolers. i have used this one and liked it a lot.

    OR since closed loop watercooling kits are so easy and give you alright cooling you could get a h100i of h80i
  3. Thanks for the input guys. I chose to go with the Cooler Master Hyper 212 as it's affordable and will bump my temperatures just that little more lower. Who knows? Maybe a lot more which most of the reviews on it have stated.

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