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Advice on Cooling Option for 2500K setup

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April 10, 2012 1:31:09 PM

Hi people, Im planning to put together a rig coming May, mostly for gaming purpose (Diablo 3 :D ), but i like to overclock. Well in any case here it is

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-U3H + I5 2500K
1600MHZ G.SKILL RIPJAWS 2x4GB KIT CL9
Sapphire HD7850 2GB OC
Samsung DVD/RW SATA Optical
INTEL 120GB 520 Series SSD
Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold
CM Hyper 212Evo
Thermaltake Commander Chassis

Im planning to OC the 2500k to 4.0~4.2Ghz and im wondering if i need the Hyper 212 Evo cooler or will a CM Hyper TX3 Evo do the job adequately well for the 2500k at those levels of OC? As the difference in price of the 2 is around USD$16 in my country. ($51 vs $35)

Appreciate any inputs and suggestions for improvement for my setup :) 
April 11, 2012 1:03:05 PM

Or maybe i should first ask, if a Hyper 212 Evo will even fit into a TT Commander casing, as from the website FAQ it says the casing only fits coolers < 137mm tall :( 
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April 11, 2012 1:23:17 PM

Heatsink Dimensions 120 x 80 x 159 mm
But above it show the fan dimensions of 120 x 120 x 25 mm
So it's suggesting that the width is more than both the length and height...which doesn't make sense. I wish they'd use proper damn units.
That case looks like a normal-width case, though, and this coolder isn't really any bigger than normal ones. I'm 99% sure it would fit.
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April 12, 2012 1:30:02 AM

Hyper 212 EVO is definitely your best bet for that price range. I like the Havik 120 by NZXT and at only 55 bucks it's not a bad deal either. For your OC range I would say both of these would be awesome choices. If you wanted to go a bit higher in price you can get the Noctua HD-D14 for about $85 or a step up to liquid cooling.. the corsair h100 for about $110

BTW I can't WAIT for D3 to come out! I even started playing D2 again just to scratch my itch!
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April 12, 2012 2:37:14 AM

The Commander is 8" wide a CM 212+ or 212 EVO will fit no problem.
Also either cooler will be fine for overclocking.
The TX3 is not a great choice for a K series cpu with o'cing.
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April 19, 2012 8:16:20 AM

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