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January 2, 2013 4:30:43 AM

My specs. i5 2550k @3.4GHZ, Stock Cpu fan, LGA1155, Asrock Mobo z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3, Radeon 6870, 500watt Power, (2x4)8gb ram.

Im having trouble picking the right cooler. I cant make up my mind. I plan on overclocking my cpu to about 4.2 ghz or more If I can. Im also trying to get the best bang for my buck and im not sure if I should get a watercooler if the differences aren't too dramatic. Anyways, I've narrowed it down to these:

Im leaning more towards this one btw. But based on the reviews, I imagine the noise can be a turn off
ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=35-118-...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair comes in second, im not sure if the extra bump in price is worth it, compared to the Zalman CNPS9500
CORSAIR Hydro series H50 High Performance CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=35-181-...

ZALMAN LQ-310 Water Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=35-118-...

Feel free to suggest other products. Thanks!

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January 2, 2013 6:24:54 AM

I think the Zalman CNPS-9500 is an awesome looking (and performing) HSF. The only real complaint I've heard about it is the fan cannot be changed. The two liquid coolers are not much better (if any) than air - you don't really see good liquid performance (IMO) until you get to the H100 size operated in push/pull. The CM Hyper 212 EVO is pretty much a 'standard' now.
I'm voting for the CNPS9500 - my $0.02
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January 2, 2013 6:30:35 AM

Best bang for your buck will be the Hyper 212 Plus or Evo. You can get it for around $20-25 (with a rebate). This cooler should be able to handle 4.2 Ghz with no problems.
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January 2, 2013 7:12:02 AM

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