I7-3770k OC'ing, Need help asap :P

So I've been fooling around lately with my i7-3770k running on the MSI Z771-G41. I want to at least overclock my i7-3770k to 4.0ghz... This is the story...

Two days ago I decided to try and OC the i7-3770k with the Hyper 212 Evo. After 10-20 minutes of Prime 95, it gave me temps of 70c, 72c, 68c, and 74c. So I decided to do some research and I found out that the i7 3770k runs hot... But the funny thing was that all of the tests that these other people did were at 4.5.ghz.... I started to wonder why is it that my temps are so high for only 4.0ghz?

I called cooler master and they said that I could of applied the thermal paste wrong. Incorrect, I applied it just fine and it was a smooth layer across the chip. The heat sink was extremely tight, and the core voltage was around 1.28/1.3 through core temp.


They decided to ask me to return the Cooler Master Evo...

Since then I've been using the stock cooler....

I also ran some tests with the stock cooler, and somehow it runs at around 68-72c max load... @ 4.0ghz

Is that stable enough? and what cooler should I purchase for under $80? Thanks....
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  1. Noctua NH-D14 is really good for under $80, if the Hyper 212 EVO was giving the same temps as the stock cooler, you must have done somthing wrong setting it up, so just remember to apply only a pea sized amount of thermal paste to the middle of the cpu heat spreader, and with some coolers you can apply too much pressure (which i think effects the NH-D14)
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