Putting together my first rig and was offered the idea of a heat sink over just the stock cpu cooler. was wondering if more experienced people can help me answer the question of what is a good choice for a heat sink that will easily fit in my case. will be doing some oc'ing. heat sink budget more or less $50.00
Hello, the cooler you picked seems to be a low profile heat sink. This means it isn't really optimized for performance, instead for size.
The CM Hyper 212+ is a better option, it will give you a considerable amount of OCing room for a low price. Newegg has it but it is very over priced at $40 + $8. Amazon has it for $30 and Microcentre has it for $24 (though I'm not sure on postage but they allow pick up if your near them). I believe this is your best choice, links are below:
^+1 And there should be plenty of room in your case. My case is not as wide and it fits with 1-2mm to spare. I installed a CM Hyper 212+ on my i7 860 and compared it to stock cooling. With ambient temps of 18C I hit (stock cooler vs. 212+):