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.
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.