What CPU cooler should I get? Would like to overclock my i5 2500k to around 4.5-4.8GHz on a GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD4 housed in an Antec 900 case. Would like to spend less than 60 bucks, and it would be nice to have a quiet fan, but as long as it keeps my cpu cool, I will be grateful. Oh and I have read that some people have issues mounting their aftermarket coolers north to south on my mobo. Speaking of which, What do you guys recommend, north to south (which is what i think i should be doing considering the case i have and the large assed fan on top)
or east to west? Ill only have 2 sticks of ram in.
Also, do you guys recommend any specific thermal paste? I used Arctic Silver 5 in my last build 3 yrs ago.
yeah, seems like if there is any type of issue, a few people end up modifying the fan holder a bit and raising up the fan a few mm above clearing the ram. also it looks like ill only be missing out on 1 slot unmodded.
on a side note, how do you think my layout should be: from the front pulling air out of the exhaust in the back, or bottom to top pulling air from my side panel fan, across my video card, and out the top of my 200mm fan?
itll be a bit hotter air coming from the video card, but it will also probably keep the video card cooler. Think i might go from front to back, and keep the CPU cooler. What do ya guys think?
do those aluminum filters do more good then harm??? looking at them it just seems like they are a sales gimmick as i dont see them "focusing" the air like they say they do. i see them decreasing air flow though.
well, i will tell you it WILL impede airflow, thats just what filters do, but how much is the question. obviously as it collects dust, it will impede airflow even more, so you will have to clean them often, but i think its better than having to clean the inside all the damn time. as long as you have decent fans, it will still move enough air to keep everything cool.