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Air Cooling an OC'd 2500k

I am building an i5-2500k/AsRock P67 Extreme4 system that I want to OC. Now, I have never done this before and I was wondering which air cooler would be the best. I dont want to get into water cooling, as I feel that is just too much.

I was looking at this cooler:

ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118074

I am familiar with the CM Hyper 212+, but have never used one. It seems like a nice budget cooler.


Not sure if it matters, but I am using a NZXT Tempest Evo case with a ton of air movement.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146062&cm_re=nzxt_evo-_-11-146-062-_-Product
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  1. I would go with the Hyper 212+ rather than the Zalman. It's $30-$40 cheaper and will do the job well.

    There are other aircoolers out there like the Nocturna NH-12 that are worth a look as well.
  2. the 9900max is nice cooler, good performance and great looks. might be little noisy at max rpm thought.
  3. jimishtar said:
    the 9900max is nice cooler, good performance and great looks. might be little noisy at max rpm thought.



    If the 2500K runs pretty cool, do you think it would ever need to run maxed out?
  4. Best answer
    The Zalman is a great cooler. It's small, so it fits in pretty much any case. It performs well. It's not too expensive. It's got a cool red or blue LED glow. It does have one glaring flaw though -- if the fan fails, you're screwed. You cannot use any other kind of fan.

    The CM Hyper 212 Plus would be good, as would the CM V6 GT.
  5. Thanks for the info guys, I have decided to run with the 212+

    Seems like the best bang for the buck, and if anything goes wrong with the fan, I can easily change it.
  6. Best answer selected by potzy81.
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