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Recommended Master Cooler for i7 2600k

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May 17, 2011 3:47:21 PM

Hi All,

I have a Asrock z68 mATX with Intel 2600k for video editing and no gaming. I plan to overclock a bit during those times when I have many videos to encode.

What are your thoughts on the circular stock cooler? It resembles Cooler Master's X Dream 4.

I have purchased to try both a Hyper 101i & 212. The issue is that I need a mATX case for portability and the 212 would require me to modify the case = more trouble for me. The third option is go with the Hyper TX3.

What are your thoughts? Please state if you have any real experience with the coolers, or you are stating from what you've read/theorized. Thanks.

Case: APEX TX-381
CPU: Intel 2600k
Memory: 8gb Crucial DDR3 1333mhz
MB: ASrock z68 Pro3-m
SSD & 2 WD Green Caviar
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May 17, 2011 5:16:44 PM

Try OCing first. If you get too hot you can always shut off, but you may just have fine temperatures if your case is decent. On the other hand, if you can afford a 2600k over a 25 (not much better, $100 more) you can get one of those up there.