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March 22, 2012 8:43:19 AM

Ok, So I am building my first PC and am on a slight budget, here is a list of my parts so far.

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k 3.3GHz (3.7 Turbo Boost) - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaw Series DDR3 1333 x 16gb - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
PSU: OCZ ZS Series 750W - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
GPU: EVGA Geforce gtx 560 Ti 1GB - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Windows 7 64bit Home Premium

Basically what I am asking for, is what heatsink/fan should I be using? As you can see with that mobo I have limited room,
and because of that particular RAM, I cannot use one that is too large.
Another thing I was looking it was having the air blow out the TOP of the Case, as there is a fan located there on the HAF 932 Case. I'm kind of looking at a 50 dollar price range, willing to go a bit more if it fits nice and doesn't look fugly.

-Update-

So far I've been looking at http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
as well as http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

But am still open to suggestions. I am ordering all of these parts tomorrow or the day after max, as there is currently a sale on some of the parts

I should also mention I will eventually be overclocking this CPU

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March 22, 2012 4:03:24 PM

This one seems to be the "favorite":
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
It out performs some of it's higher priced cousins and most will tell you that it's all you'll need. Good luck with your build.
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March 22, 2012 4:36:14 PM

Would get the 212 Evo - same price, slightly better performance.

Just a question on the RAM - why 1333 instead of 1600? Do you have some particular need for tighter timings? 1600 is the highest stock rated RAM for Z-series chipsets.
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March 22, 2012 4:45:55 PM

J_E_D_70 said:
Would get the 212 Evo - same price, slightly better performance.

Just a question on the RAM - why 1333 instead of 1600? Do you have some particular need for tighter timings? 1600 is the highest stock rated RAM for Z-series chipsets.

The difference really becomes slight with the addition of a second fan on the plus. :) 
I'm guessing he's following intel's spec's for the i5.
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March 22, 2012 4:55:10 PM

+1 to Chesteracorgi from me. I recently bought the antec 620 and I am very happy with it. Its a closed loop cooler meaning that you will have lots of space free in the cabinet if you compare with the 212 evo.

Its true that some air coolers perform better but my i5-2500k oc to 4.1 Ghz, is at 65c after 1 hour in prime95, and at idle its usually cooler than the mobo. Also its very silent which I prefer when I buy coolers.
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March 22, 2012 7:16:53 PM

Doing some research I find that the differences between 1333 and 1600 for ram is quite small when using Sandy Bridge because it supports up to 1333. Regardless it is an upgrade from the current 8 gb I am using now.

Looking up reviews on the Antec 620 it seems that the cost to cooling ratio isn't worth the price, and suggest getting a good air cooler for the price.

I am still leaning towards the 212 Evo, but like I said I'd like it aimed towards the top of the case if possible, but I don't know if it will clear that ram.
Now, on the other hand, do the heat sinks on those RAM in particular cool the ram that much?
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March 22, 2012 7:55:48 PM

deathtoll said:
Now, on the other hand, do the heat sinks on those RAM in particular cool the ram that much?

Not really. They just help dissipate some of the heat generated.
They do sell fan setups for ram if you want something more "active".:) 
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March 23, 2012 12:05:24 AM

I think I am just going to go with the CM Hyper 212 Evo. Unless anyone else suggests a better Cooler for the price.
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March 23, 2012 1:43:00 AM

Thank you, But I already know all the parts I am buying ASIDE from the heatsink
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March 23, 2012 4:59:33 AM

deathtoll said:
Thank you, But I already know all the parts I am buying ASIDE from the heatsink

Good choice - the Cooler Master is the way to go - either model would do. Fans for your ram are not really needed (except by the "extreme" overclockers/gamers - maybe). Good luck with your new build. :) 
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March 23, 2012 6:10:35 AM

Thanks =)
I only mentioned the heat sinks on the ram because it can be in the way of the cooling systems on some CPU cooling units and was wondering if low profile ram can cool as good as the Ram I have linked up top in my build.
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March 23, 2012 12:17:32 PM

deathtoll said:
Thanks =)
I only mentioned the heat sinks on the ram because it can be in the way of the cooling systems on some CPU cooling units and was wondering if low profile ram can cool as good as the Ram I have linked up top in my build.

Yes. Low-profile will be fine.
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March 30, 2012 1:41:31 AM

Best answer selected by deathtoll.
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