Right so the case is HAF912 in a space where 2" of air behind the case and all exposed for the front of case and about 1.5" space on each side. My room temp is 20 C in winter and 22-23 C in summer. Will the hyper 212 evo get to 4.4GHz at least with the 3570k? Thanks . Game sessions will range from 30min to 3.5hrs.
The HAF case is pretty big so you should be able to fit even bigger coolers. I hear the EVO are quite good coolers but the 3570K is idleing at some 35 C as I type this under corsair H50..What I'm saying is the CPU is running real hot and while the EVO might be sufficient, I'd look for some bigger, better alternative as I personally like to keep it cool.
The EVO will do it's job I'm sure thogh and if youre on tight budget than why not ...
With a 212 Evo, you'll get to 4.4 on a 2500K quite easily. I'm at 4.5, not even really breaking a sweat with my 212 Evo in push/pull (high 50's to low 60's stress testing). I could go higher, I just don't NEED to, lol.
My room temps are some 20 C atm. Also when I said the i5 3570k is idleing at 35 C I forgot to meantion that it's not even overclocked, as I just finished my build over the weekend. I suppose the thermal paste needs to cure a bit as well but it doesnt change the fact that the new ivy bridge are running considerably hotter than its predecessor- sandy bridge.
I prefer to opt for the latest HW possible but if overclocking is your thing than CPU's such as 2500K still pretty kick ass