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September 26, 2012 6:44:55 AM

Hey,

I always knew about TH and used it's awesome charts but this is my first post. :) 

So, I wanted to start overclocking my i5 2500K up to at least 4Ghz (maybe 4.5, if stable) that's why I started looking up and researching for a heatsink.
I found out that CM Hyper 212+ or Evo gave some awesome results for such a low priced heatsink but unfortunately (or maybe fortunately, you'll know why in a sec) I couldn't find that heatsink in any local store. And then I found out that I can't even fit 212 in my case!

This is my case dimensions: 470x205x530 (HxWxD) With the height of my motherboard and the cpu fan on my case's door, there's only about 150mm space for a cpu heatsink, which it would make it impossible to install a 212.
Now if I removed the case's door fan I'd have about 175mm which would be good, but I really don't want to remove that fan unless I don't find any decent heatsink that would fit in 150mm.

So could you guys suggest some good cpu heatsink that would take less than 150mm space and would do a good job on a overclocked i5 2500k (4ghz - 4.5ghz)?
If I have no other choice I'll remove that fan to make room for new cpu heatsink. So in that case, what do you think about Thermaltake Frio? Any other suggestions?
Forget about 212, I looked everywhere and I couldn't find one.:( 


Thank you,
Pooya


P.S. Oh and my budget is about 60$.

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September 26, 2012 10:16:49 AM

A little past your budget but high cooling performance that should have no fit worries at all for you case dimensions.

It would help since you say the other coolers are not available to you, for you to provide a store link to where you'll actually be buying from, to look over what you can get?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608019

This solution will allow a comfortable 4.5ghz overclock with your 2500K, plus the thermal compound that comes with the cooler the NT-H1 is a top performer, it was covered in the Thermal Roundup I did. (Check Sig Link)

The Thermaltake FRIO is just as tall as the CM EVO or 212+, and mounting wise is a pain in the rear to install, the mounting assembly compared to the CM and Noctua looks like it was designed by a kindergarten student.

That may be a little on the harsh side, but I installed a FRIO on my wife's computer and when I was finished, I was glad I was finished and hope I don't have to mess with it again for a long time!

The FRIO is a good cooler performance wise once you get it installed, I just think size wise if the CMH 212+ and EVO won't fit your case the FRIO definitely won't fit either.
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September 26, 2012 11:00:33 AM

4Ryan6 said:
A little past your budget but high cooling performance that should have no fit worries at all for you case dimensions.

It would help since you say the other coolers are not available to you, for you to provide a store link to where you'll actually be buying from, to look over what you can get?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608019

This solution will allow a comfortable 4.5ghz overclock with your 2500K.

The Thermaltake FRIO is just as tall as the CM EVO or 212+, and mounting wise is a pain in the rear to install, the mounting assembly compared to the CM and Noctua looks like it was designed by a kindergarten student.

That may be a little on the harsh side, but I installed a FRIO on my wife's computer and when I was finished, I was glad I was finished and hope I don't have to mess with it again for a long time!

The FRIO is a good cooler performance wise once you get it installed, I just think size wise if the CMH 212+ and EVO won't fit your case the FRIO definitely won't fit either.


Hey Ryan,
Thanks for replying:) 

I looked at that Noctua, looks pretty good. but apparently it doesn't support 1155 socket... It does support 1156 but that's not compatible, is it?

About the store links, I had to use Google translate to translate them into English, hope that's ok. I found two stores that had more coolers and heatsinks than other stores, note that currency is not in dollar. I can afford anything under 2,000,000 Rials.

http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=fa&tl=en&js=n&...
http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=fa&tl=en&js=n&...

Ignore the prices on the second link... they look weird! lol


I was just on Noctua's website and found out that they have an official retailer in my country. They don't have NH-C12P but I found something similar NH-L12, which is available. What do you think? Is it good enough compared to NH-C12P?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hmm, I just looked at some charts, and NH-L12 doesn't look so good...
http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/cpu-cooler-2011/Load...


What do you think about water cooling? I'm kinda worried about water... what if there was a small leak? Has that happened? How risky is it?
If I don't have to worry about leaking, I think I maaay be able to afford a good water cooler, Like Corsair H60 or H80, Antec H20 620 or H20 920.
Antec seems cheaper, but I want something with good quality, not sure if Antec is good.
http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=fa&tl=en&js=n&...
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September 26, 2012 12:08:50 PM

FYI 1156 and 1155 are the same.
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September 26, 2012 12:16:59 PM

If you could afford this, it would be your best cooling option for your 2500K goals, and it performs on the same cooling level as the liquid coolers you mentioned.

It is the Top Dog of that Noctua Low Profile series of coolers.

http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=fa&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Flioncomputer.ir%2Fcategory%2F592%2FCPU%2520Fans%2520%26%2520Heatsinks%2F

If that link did not properly translate it was the Noctua NH-C14 and was available on that first page you linked.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608020
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September 26, 2012 1:11:13 PM

4Ryan6 said:
If you could afford this, it would be your best cooling option for your 2500K goals, and it performs on the same cooling level as the liquid coolers you mentioned.

It is the Top Dog of that Noctua Low Profile series of coolers.

http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=fa&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Flioncomputer.ir%2Fcategory%2F592%2FCPU%2520Fans%2520%26%2520Heatsinks%2F

If that link did not properly translate it was the Noctua NH-C14 and was available on that first page you linked.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608020



Hmm, It does look really good. I think I'll go with this one!
Thank you Ryan, you've been a big help! :) 

I'm gonna order this now!
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September 26, 2012 1:13:31 PM

Best answer selected by WhiteRenard.
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September 26, 2012 2:14:04 PM

Thanks for the Best Answer! :) 
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