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June 8, 2011 8:52:36 PM

I'm thinking about overclocking my i5-2500k. i know how to overclock but haven't done it yet. i would really like to know what is a good cooler for around 50$.

i have an haf 932 case so i believe i can install one without removing the motherboard.

i am willing to increase my budget if it's really worth doing so.

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June 8, 2011 8:59:13 PM

CoolerMaster Hyper 212
you can find it for 29$

I use mine on an 2500k also oced to 4.4 Ghz with max temps in high 50s celsius. I have added a second fan however for a push-pull config. If you want you can spend the additional 20$ to get a ball-bearing 120mm fan since the one that it comes with is sleve.
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June 9, 2011 12:35:17 AM

ok that's an option, now if anyone else would give a suggestion that would be appreciated.
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a b K Overclocking
June 9, 2011 3:35:48 AM

Go for the Hyper 212 it's a very reliable cooler.
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a b K Overclocking
June 9, 2011 6:20:00 AM

Hyper 212+ or if you can spend it, the Cooler Master V6GT. Both are awesome budget coolers and perform remarkably.
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June 9, 2011 8:10:17 PM

Scythe Mugen2 a good cooler, and the Mugen3 is being released shortly which should perform better than the previous generation.
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June 9, 2011 9:33:29 PM

Toxxyc said:
Hyper 212+ or if you can spend it, the Cooler Master V6GT. Both are awesome budget coolers and perform remarkably.


i hear the v6gt is loud. is there a way to change the fans later on in case it gets too loud?
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a b K Overclocking
June 9, 2011 9:38:42 PM

I'm gonna agree with everyone on the Hyper 212+, for $50 you can get a really nice fan to go along with it to push/pull.
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June 9, 2011 9:43:12 PM

going to also say my motherboard is the msi p67a-gd65 b3 so you can help me know if a cooler is too big and doesn't interfere with the ram slots.
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June 9, 2011 10:17:37 PM

Everyone here loves the Hyper 212 but I would like to recomend you look at the Artic Cooling, (AC) CPU fans. I have personally owned several models and they are very cool and quiet, also very value priced. Even AC's newest and best CPU fan is less than $50.00.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Well, just shop around there are lots of great fans for <$50. Good Luck!
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June 9, 2011 10:22:34 PM

Looking at the dimensions they are very similar to my mobo so if you only have two Ram sticks you will have no problem at all mounting it. If you have 4 it will depend on the height of the heatsink on the RAM sticks.

The heatsink will fit fine with 4 sticks also, but if the RAMs have high heatsinks on them you might have to place the fan slightly higher on the Heatsink which is really easy to do with the way the fan attaches to the heatsink.
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June 9, 2011 10:45:56 PM

shening said:
Looking at the dimensions they are very similar to my mobo so if you only have two Ram sticks you will have no problem at all mounting it. If you have 4 it will depend on the height of the heatsink on the RAM sticks.

The heatsink will fit fine with 4 sticks also, but if the RAMs have high heatsinks on them you might have to place the fan slightly higher on the Heatsink which is really easy to do with the way the fan attaches to the heatsink.


i have 2 sticks. also does it matter whether i put my ram in the first and 3rd slots or the 2nd and 4rth.
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June 9, 2011 10:59:18 PM

I does not matter performance wise, so put them so they are farther away from the CPU. If you do that you will have no problem at all fitting the heatsink and fan

Edit: The manual for your mobo says: "To ensure a successful system boot-up, always insert the memory modules into the
DIMM1 first." however I have never had any problems plugging my RAM in the 2nd and 4rth slot and I have a P67 mobo also.
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a b K Overclocking
June 9, 2011 11:08:45 PM

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/lga-1156-heatsink,2...
I dont understand why everyone ALWAYS recommends the Hyper212+ for all situations. I'd personally go with the Thermalright MUX-120, since you have $50 to put down on a good cooler. It's just better. Period. If you go to the results on the tests I linked, you'll see that it's the quietest thing they tested, and flat out is a better unit than the 212. It's thin enough that you can get a push-pull setup and still have all four RAM slots available for the future when you decide to drop in another kit.
Or, there's the Scythe Mugen II, if you want a better performing heatsink, albeit at the cost of being a little louder. Those are my two recommendations. The MUX-120 if you want a silent setup, the Mugen II if you want one that performs better.

Just my $0.02.
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June 10, 2011 8:48:25 AM

BigmanQ said:
i hear the v6gt is loud. is there a way to change the fans later on in case it gets too loud?


Never used it personally, but if it is as loud as you say I doubt fans will make a difference. It's probably due to fin angles and covers, so if you are too troubled by noise, stick with the CM Hyper 212+. It's silent as a smelly fart and works wonders. Doesn't look very great though, and it's huuuuge.
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June 10, 2011 8:18:04 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
The Scythe Mugen 2 beats the Hyper 212 by 7C

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And yes the V6 is extremely loud ...also out of budget

More reading:

latest full roundup http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
latest air test http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...


what about the scythe mugen 3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

wouldn't that be better than the previous model?
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June 10, 2011 9:25:16 PM

I can't imagine it being worse, but there are no reviews out that I've seen yet to compare the two.
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June 10, 2011 9:35:34 PM

Using a CM 212 on a i5-2500k @4.8GHz, prime temps are ~70c.
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June 13, 2011 9:36:16 PM

ok well it's been 2 days since anything has been posted so i thank you for your help and will now pick a best answer.
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June 13, 2011 9:36:26 PM

Best answer selected by BigmanQ.
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a b K Overclocking
June 13, 2011 11:08:36 PM

the i5 2500k doesn't really need the best air cooler imo...
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