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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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.
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.