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Heat-sink recommendation for i5-2500k LGA 1155 CPU

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May 26, 2012 11:47:07 PM

I need a recommendation to buy a heat-sink for a build with i5-2500k LGA 1155. I was thinking to buy a XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283, but after reading some of the comments left by buyers, I am in doubt if I want to buy such a heat-sink. I don't want a water cooling heatsink, and I don't want to pay more than $50 USD. Thanks in advance.

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May 26, 2012 11:51:24 PM
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The best performing and efficient CPU cooler under $50 would by the CM Hyper 212+ or CM 212 Evo (whichever is cheaper).

Its around $30 or cheaper if there's sales and it's one helluva cooler for its price.
May 26, 2012 11:52:22 PM

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus ($19.99 after rebate)

That is the most recommended air cooler (or the Hyper 212 EVO). It's good for most overclock needs.
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May 27, 2012 12:28:01 AM

lilotimz said:
The best performing and efficient CPU cooler under $50 would by the CM Hyper 212+ or CM 212 Evo (whichever is cheaper).

Its around $30 or cheaper if there's sales and it's one helluva cooler for its price.


I will take a look and wait for other recommendations. Thanks.
May 27, 2012 1:08:17 AM

moornix said:
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus ($19.99 after rebate)

That is the most recommended air cooler (or the Hyper 212 EVO). It's good for most overclock needs.


I think it will not fit on the case I got in mind. I was looking at some reviews on youtube, and someone say that the case needs to be 8 inches wide or wider. My case is just 8.1 inches, but it has a big fan on the side panel; thus, it will not fit. I am trying to see if I can find a case with 9 or 10 inch width so that I don't have to worry about these tall heat-sinks. Thanks.
May 27, 2012 1:25:05 AM

Ok, I will pick a bigger case to accommodate this type of tall heat-sink. I will wait a bit more since my actual purchase date will be between june 15 to june 30, but not later than june 30. Thanks.
May 27, 2012 2:31:43 AM

Without a fan, my 7.09" case fits the 212 Plus with about 3 mm of space. The EVO is taller. As far as a case goes, 8 in should be more than enough without a fan, and 8.5" with. The most recommended case I've seen here is typically the Cooler Master HAF 932.
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May 27, 2012 3:09:51 AM

First of all, which case do you have?
May 27, 2012 6:39:02 AM

amuffin said:
First of all, which case do you have?


It is OK now. I will order the following case, Corsair Obsidian 650D, which can accommodate this tall heat-sink. I will not buy until I get all the parts sorted out. Thanks.
May 27, 2012 6:39:37 AM

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