Best Air CPU COOLER for Asus Z68 and 2600K ?

Hey guys,

I have a 2600k and Asus Deluxe Z68 LGA1155.

It will be inside a COSMOS II case. My DDR3 is 1600mhz RIPJAWZ X series 4x4GB for 16GB total.


I have two questions-

First question,

Can I overclock with the stock cooler? How far is safe with the stock cooler? A reasonable and stable OC that can be maintained daily without cooling upgrade?

Second,

For a real OC I need a better CPU cooler and possibly Thermal Compound. YES?
Ok, assuming I do- what should I get.

I can spend $50 on the cooler I am thinking as a good budget.

Reccomend me a CPU cooler and thermal compound if needed.


Lastly,

Where is the best place to go to find the reccomended settings for a good OC on my board and CPU ?
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  1. also addressing your other questions, you can OC on the stock cooler... i definitely would not recommend it lol also maybe try searching youtube to see if you can find a video of someone using your motherboard. my 68 chipset board has old school bios and i believe your board uses uefi which i am completely unfamiliar with
  2. Is coolermaster the best brand?
  3. Mfusick said:
    Hey guys,

    I have a 2600k and Asus Deluxe Z68 LGA1155.

    It will be inside a COSMOS II case. My DDR3 is 1600mhz RIPJAWZ X series 4x4GB for 16GB total.


    I have two questions-

    First question,

    Can I overclock with the stock cooler? How far is safe with the stock cooler? A reasonable and stable OC that can be maintained daily without cooling upgrade?

    Second,

    For a real OC I need a better CPU cooler and possibly Thermal Compound. YES?
    Ok, assuming I do- what should I get.

    I can spend $50 on the cooler I am thinking as a good budget.

    Reccomend me a CPU cooler and thermal compound if needed.


    Lastly,

    Where is the best place to go to find the reccomended settings for a good OC on my board and CPU ?


    Two of the best of the best, over $50 though
    1.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018

    2.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106150

    Benchmarks
    http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=2525&page=4
  4. What is a good reliable cooler for a great value ?
  5. like joemama said, you can't really beat the coolermaster hyper N520 for under 50.. above 50 the noctuna and thermaltake frio are excellent options. i currently use the coolermaster hyper 212+. that and the n520 give good relative performance to the best heatsinks for around $30. i'd say to pick up the n520 and then maybe some arctic silver 5 thermal compound.
  6. Artic Silver 5 is the best compound ?
  7. yeah i'm using it now...everything i've read points to it being the best thermal paste. if you can get it for under $10 you can't go wrong.

    On their website:
    Performance:
    3 to 12 degrees centigrade lower CPU full load core temperatures than standard thermal compounds or thermal pads when measured with a calibrated thermal diode imbedded in the CPU core.
  8. canyoudigit489 said:
    yeah i'm using it now...everything i've read points to it being the best thermal paste. if you can get it for under $10 you can't go wrong.

    On their website:
    Performance:
    3 to 12 degrees centigrade lower CPU full load core temperatures than standard thermal compounds or thermal pads when measured with a calibrated thermal diode imbedded in the CPU core.


    Thanks

    I am taking a look now.

    http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategory=85&name=Thermal-Compound-Grease

    Ton's of options that all looks the same but prices run from $10 to $30 and I can't tell which is which.
  9. actually no... http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=2390&page=1
    in this review they rate the cooler master hyper 212+ as better than the n520... you might consider getting the newly upgraded hyper 212+evo:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
  10. canyoudigit489 said:
    like joemama said, you can't really beat the coolermaster hyper N520 for under 50.. above 50 the noctuna and thermaltake frio are excellent options. i currently use the coolermaster hyper 212+. that and the n520 give good relative performance to the best heatsinks for around $30. i'd say to pick up the n520 and then maybe some arctic silver 5 thermal compound.


    n520 IS best of these for me?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100008000&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&ActiveSearchResult=True&CompareItemList=574%7C35-103-065%5E35-103-065-TS%2C35-103-055%5E35-103-055-TS%2C35-103-057%5E35-103-057-03%23%2C35-103-099%5E35-103-099-TS%2C35-103-089%5E35-103-089-TS


    Which of these you think is my best bet ?


    COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible
    Item #: N82E16835103055 $49.99

    vs.

    COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate
    $49.99
    $44.99

    vs.

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
    All-star product & compatible w/ Intel Sandy Bridge
    $29.99

    Or should I look for one of the first suggestions over it.


    My budget is $50 about
  11. canyoudigit489 said:
    actually no... http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=2390&page=1
    in this review they rate the cooler master hyper 212+ as better than the n520... you might consider getting the newly upgraded hyper 212+evo:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099


    I am all confused now... lol.

    So you think the EVO is the best of the bunch in this price range?


    This site suggests the V8 is best

    http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=2525&page=4
  12. You think the FRIO is better than any of the COOLERMASTER OPTIONS?

    Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready Intel Core i7 (six-core ready) & i5 Compatible Five 8mm Heatpipes Dual 120mm Fans Intel & AMD Universal CPU Cooler CLP0564
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106150
  13. yeah sorry i thought the n520 was good but it's airflow isn't as good as the hyper212+ and doesn't have exposed heat pipes. basically there's been a trend in cpu heatsinks to expose the copper heat pipes to the base of the cooler which comes in contact with the CPU... these have found to be very effective in cooling the cpu... the hyper 212+ was such a hit because it used this technique at a low price of $25-30. taking this into consideration i'd either get the hyper 212+ or the evo.... both are tried and true with great performance and i don't think yo could go wrong with either selection. i think the evo performs a little better, but is more expensive.
  14. canyoudigit489 said:
    yeah sorry i thought the n520 was good but it's airflow isn't as good as the hyper212+ and doesn't have exposed heat pipes. basically there's been a trend in cpu heatsinks to expose the copper heat pipes to the base of the cooler which comes in contact with the CPU... these have found to be very effective in cooling the cpu... the hyper 212+ was such a hit because it used this technique at a low price of $25-30. taking this into consideration i'd either get the hyper 212+ or the evo.... both are tried and true with great performance and i don't think yo could go wrong with either selection. i think the evo performs a little better, but is more expensive.


    Ah ok..

    I get what your saying. Thanks

    SO,,

    This one?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099


    ???

    better than the others? Better than the FRIO from ThermalTake ?
  15. the frio might beat the evo by a degree or so but it's a lot louder under load and it's more expensive.

    I'd go for this.... http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1305521&CatId=798

    good price for the EVO
  16. canyoudigit489 said:
    the frio might beat the evo by a degree or so but it's a lot louder under load and it's more expensive.

    I'd go for this.... http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1305521&CatId=798

    good price for the EVO



    WHat is the difference between that one and the one I posted?

    Is there in improvement in the "R2" that newegg has that makes it worth more?

    Or,

    Is it just different numbers and the same unit in which I will go TigerDirect for sure.

    Anyone know?


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=mz10ql176c2v


    vs


    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1305521&CatId=798&SRCCODE=LINKSHARE&cm_mmc_o=-ddCjC1bELltzywCjC-d2CjCdwwp&AffiliateID=je6NUbpObpQ-DibJtwagM7vwiKjqbpnSpg
  17. they are the same cooler just it's cheaper at tigerdirect. i dunno about the r2 or r1 thing... cooler masters website lists the EVO as R1.

    http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?product_id=3053&product_name=Hyper%20212%20EVO
  18. canyoudigit489 said:
    they are the same cooler just it's cheaper at tigerdirect. i dunno about the r2 or r1 thing... cooler masters website lists the EVO as R1.

    http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?product_id=3053&product_name=Hyper%20212%20EVO


    SO I bet it is a new egg exclusive... probably rebadged but same thing.

    Thanks

    If coolermaster lists R1 on the main site.. I am sure that one is a good one.


    http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?product_id=3053&product_name=Hyper%20212%20EVO
  19. I just bought it from TigerDirect. $39 shipped.

    Thanks Canyoudigit489
  20. No problem! hope it works out for you. it should come with its own thermal compound, which should suffice. i recommend using a small pea sized amount of thermal compound which then spreads around the processor and heatsink when the pressure of the heatsink is applied.

    interesting article about different methods is here:
    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/What-is-the-Best-Way-to-Apply-Thermal-Compound/1303
  21. Wow thanks again. I also have the artic silver 5. Should I remove the stock and replace it?

    If thermal compound comes on my coolermaster cooler.. should I just use that?

    Does it make a difference?
  22. This cooler is huge !!!! Glad I got the room in my case for it...
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