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I need a Best Bang for Buck CPU cooler $50-$80 for my Core i7 2600k

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August 25, 2011 5:42:28 AM

I'm looking for something that's going to readily take my Core i7 2600k to 5.0 Ghz. Intensive water cooling is out the question. I've neen looking at the
Noctua NH-D14, and some even say the Hyper 212 Plus. Just wanting to know what I should do/get.

Ordering from NCIX.ca

As I am Canadian, living in Canada.
August 25, 2011 6:07:24 AM

Stalzy said:
I'm looking for something that's going to readily take my Core i7 2600k to 5.0 Ghz. Intensive water cooling is out the question. I've neen looking at the
Noctua NH-D14, and some even say the Hyper 212 Plus. Just wanting to know what I should do/get.

Ordering from NCIX.ca

As I am Canadian, living in Canada.


Don't get your hopes up too high... not every 2600K can get up to 5.0Ghz, if you chip gets up to 5Ghz. But you are in Canada and I am in a tropical country, so while a Hyper212 can't cool my 2600K @ 4.6Ghz 1.35v, I can do 5.0Ghz 1.48v, but I am using a Thermalright Silver Arrow, and the temps still go beyond 80C with prime95.

I think you basically have 2 choices Silver Arrow or the NH-D14, but the term best bang for the buck does not apply for those two.

Best bang for the buck is the Hyper 212, if you have ambient temps at around 15C, then it could hold the 2600k.



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August 25, 2011 6:51:27 AM
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Stalzy said:
I'm looking for something that's going to readily take my Core i7 2600k to 5.0 Ghz. Intensive water cooling is out the question. I've neen looking at the
Noctua NH-D14, and some even say the Hyper 212 Plus. Just wanting to know what I should do/get.

Ordering from NCIX.ca

As I am Canadian, living in Canada.


The Noctua is definitely one of the best CPU coolers out there. The only one I've seen top it is the Thermalright Silver Arrow, but only by a couple of degrees. All the test I've read on the Zalman 10X never beat the Nuctua or the Silver Arrow. Both D14 & SilVer arrow are $80-90 price point. I saw the silver arrow on sale @ a month ago for $55+ FS, but that's rare.

Make note those two are huge coolers and you need to make sure they will fit in your case.
August 25, 2011 1:37:54 PM

Coolermaster 932 HaF case and lower profile G.Skill ripsaws should all it just barely. Went with the DH4. Pricematched it to $79, little pricy but oh well.
August 25, 2011 1:38:31 PM

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