Hi, I'm looking for an air cooler for my i5-2500K. At first I was considering the NH-DH14 but I think it would be a bit overkill for my needs. I haven't overclocked before so I'm not going to go over 4.5GHz. I'm looking for a cooler that can keep the CPU under 70 degrees Celcius under load and preferably quietly. It seems the CM 212 Evo is a really good cooler (at least for its price, I could get it for 30€ whereas the NH-D14 costs 80€), would it be a good choice for me? If yes, do I need to buy thermal paste separately or is it included?
If you for some reason need to know my computer specs they are as following:
I have a very similar set up. I'm using the 212, I'm OCed to 4.5 and the highest temps I have seen playing BF3 for hours are upper 50s. I MAY have hit 70 once or twice during stress testing using Intel Burn Test. I have 2 front fans, 1 rear, and 1 200m top fan. Turning all fans to low had no change in temps on the CPU.
I don't think you can beat the 212 for value, noise, temps for anything 4.5 or below.
I used the stock paste that the 212 came with. I think getting in to other niche aftermarket pastes is a waste of time and money for a 4.5 or lower OC.