Question: OC'ing i5-2500k with 212+

Hey, I'm planning a build in a couple of weeks and had a question about the CPU cooler I was planning to use, and what clock speeds I am going for. Been searching around to see if I could find an answer, but am unable to find one. I'll be using the i5-2500k and wanted to try and clock it to around 4.2-4.5, but I'm not sure if the 212+ can sustain good temps. I'll give a short list of what hardware I'm using at the end. I really wanted to stay away from water cooling. This being my first build I don't really trust it, and I don't trust myself with it. So if the 212+ can't handle it, is there any other cooler in the $60 range that can. Thanks for any feedback.

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912, 200mm intake, 200mm top exhaust, 120mm side intake, 120mm rear exhaust. With Silverstone Aeroslots
CPU: Intel Sandy Bridge i5-2500k
MB: ASRock Extreme3 Gen3
GPU: 2 x PNY OC2-S GeForce GTX 560 Ti in SLI
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600 Cas 9
PSU: Corsair TX850M

Edit: MB link was wrong, but I fixed it.
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  1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233087
    i like this just a bit,,, 7.99 over your limit.

    the 212+ is good, i just like this one because it has fatter pipes.
  2. ^ Interesting heat pipe design looks like the new Xiggy is a serious contender!

    http://www.xigmatek.com/product.php?productid=99

    Comes in 8th place in Intel and 2nd place in the AMD Top Ten at Frosty Tech of which the CMH212+ is MIA.

    http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm#AMDHEATSINK

    I 2nd this suggestion!
  3. nice link . the xigmatek site has much much better pics of the cooler. the new egg pics dont really show off the 2nd layer of pipes. if i need an air cooler upgrade, i think ill give this a shot. im also going to keep an eye on it for one of those must have sales.
  4. Thanks for the replies. I'm really liking that Cooler Master V6. Only concern is if it will fit in the HAF 912. Comments on Newegg are saying that it is really big. Would love for it to fit, would look slick with my all black MB, RAM, and GPU's. And should keep CPU cool at 4.0-4.5GHz with AC in my room and the big case fans.
  5. ryan96734 said:
    Thanks for the replies. I'm really liking that Cooler Master V6. Only concern is if it will fit in the HAF 912. Comments on Newegg are saying that it is really big. Would love for it to fit, would look slick with my all black MB, RAM, and GPU's. And should keep CPU cool at 4.0-4.5GHz with AC in my room and the big case fans.


    Are you sure?

    You should at least reconsider, so you don't regret later, the 2500K gets plenty hot from 4.0-4.5ghz.

    Cooler Master V6 Looks great but it is not an Intel top performer.
  6. i would strongly suggest going with something "direct contact" i have the hyper 520n, and im not stoked with it. it works good, but not great. i think cooler master makes a good product, i like their case, and their fans. im just not 100% sold on the non direct contact coolers.
  7. The HAF 912 support 175mm cooler and the V6GT is 161mm height, so, you have not problems in that part.
  8. I'm sorry if this is a little off-topic, but it's regarding your fans in the 912, I just ordered my parts and I'm getting 2 200mm fans with the 912. I was thinking of putting the fans in the same way you will [200mm front intake, 200mm top exhaust, 120mm rear exhaust and 120mm side intake]. Is this the best fan orientation for these fans and this case? And lastly would the 212 heatsink have it's fan facing toward the top or the rear?

    Thanks if anyone can help, and I'm sorry if I should've made a second topic for this.
  9. the 212 will line up nicely with the rear 120, but it should work facing that top 200mm as well.
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