Which heatsink would you recommend for i5 3570k?

Hey guys.

Thread title says it all. Which do you recommend?

I'm leaning away from liquid cooling systems so please only recommend air cooling.

I'm looking for something under $100 preferably as cheap as I can go. I probably wont OC and even if I do it'll only be for a little. What's the best bang-for-the-buck you can recommend?

What specifications should I be looking for when searching for a fan?
What do you guys think of the Noctua-DH14? Or the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO?

Thank you
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  1. Any of those Coolers you mentioned are great, for the best performance/value I think you should go with the Hyper 212 EVO or the 212 Plus. But if you want something better to overclock the 3570K the NH-D14 is going to be the best air cooler.

    You should be looking for direct contact heatpipes, number of heatpipes, the density of the heatsink fins, and a good pressure optimized fan. That should transfer the heat away from the CPU faster.
  2. The Noctua is the best out there but pricey. The i5 is not that hot of a chip. the Hyper 212 EVO is fine for most overclocks, is inexpensive, and doesn't weigh a ton.
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