if all were the same, id go corsair, seems to have larger pipes.
the 212+ is the goto cooler anymore. if guess if it is cheaper, go 212+.
i am using the coolermaster stock paste that came with my cooler. i am satisfied with it.
I'm using a amd phenom ii x2 560 and I do plan to o.c. it. Its currently running around 40c and only goes to about 50c. So would the 212 be sufficient or is the a50 better. the 212 is about 5 dollars cheaper where I am getting it. I need a reply soon since I am getting it tomorrow
save yourself the 5$ and get the 212+. it has more users that can attest to its performance, at least here on toms.
your temp might not get any better, but they wont get any worse.. idle may go down into the 30's, but it isnt like under load you will only run 40's, especially if you OC. but anything 55C or less, when OC is good.
Thanks for the input. I decided to go with the A50 being that its 10 cheaper at my store. Kinda sucks though that it can only be mounted vertically (mistake for not reading). It alright though because I'm getting 25-26c on load. EPIC WIN!!!
just go browse the forums, there is an AMD specific one. . Alot of OC'ing comes down to your chip and mobo. modest OC's seem pretty straight forward. getting bigtime gains, takes tweaking of voltages etc. the more volts,and OC, the more temps. seems like your cooler will be able to handle a bit.