Need help chosing a cooler for i5-3570k

Hey guys,

I need dome help chosing a cooler for my i5-3570k, I upgraded my system 2 months ago but my budget did not allow for a decent cooler or case, so i'm buying both now (also I recently bought guild wars 2 and HOLY JESUS that game burns up my computer )
So anyway I dont really know what to look for when chosing a cooler.
Sound production isn't a top priority for me (I have a beamer that will probably make more noise than the cpu cooler).
and I'm panning on doing a little overclocking (nothing extreme) But the cooler will mostly need to compensate for my room temperature (it can get pretty hot after a few hours of gaming with my beamer on)

These are some of the coolers availible in my country:
Cooler Master TPC 800
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme
Zalman CNPS9900A LED
Noctua NH-C12P SE14
Noctua NH-L12
Zalman CNPS9900 MAX Red
be quiet! Shadow Rock PRO SR1

There are more but again i really don't know what are good brands are what specifics to look for.

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  1. Zalman CNPS9900A LED < my preference from your list,it's a nice cooler,performs very well.
  2. another thing to take into consideration, is what will fit inside of your case. I would like to get a bigger(better) hsf, but alas my ram gets in the way :(
  3. I have the Noctua NH-D14 and therefore had to purchase the low profile ram.The cooler is huge and barely fit in my case.
  4. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    I have the Noctua NH-D14 and therefore had to purchase the low profile ram.The cooler is huge and barely fit in my case.

    yeah i was looking at that one. i couldnt justify more upgrades at this point. so unless i cut the heat spreader off of the vengeance ram, im stuck :(

    she does look like a beauty though. what kind of temps you get with that?

    im at 4.7ghz, I get 90c as a high temp when stressing. highest during gaming ive seen, is about 62c.
  5. 4.6 ghz. Higest temp for a core was 76
  6. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    4.6 ghz. Higest temp for a core was 76

    yeah that looks a lot better! may have to bite the bullet, and upgrade...some more.
  7. It really all depends on what you wanted to spend. Obviously the Zalman will do a better job at around $70 USD, but for about $30 USD the Hyper 212 Evo is a great value to me. And since you said you were limited in your budget before I feel it's worthy of a recommendation.

    I have the same CPU (i5-3570K). I bought the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo. I'm pretty pleased with it as it seems well made and is keeping the CPU nice and cool. I intended to do moderate overclocking, however no games (that I'm playing) push the i5 that hard so there hasn't been any point (for me personally) yet. Plus, if I ever do try to over clock it hard I can always add a second fan. If you want to go for value I recommend it. If keeping the budget small isn't a concern then the Zalman will likely have higher performance.
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