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August 8, 2012 4:58:50 PM

So i noticed yesterday that my cpu temp was getting a bit to high for my liking and I want to get a heatsink to replace the stock one. I need some advice on what I should get/ what can fit in my case. I would like to spend less than 50 but can shell out some more if needed. I am planing on adding a SSD soon and changing my GPU. Thanks in advance.

My current build:
CPU //Core I7-2600k sandy bridge 3.5ghz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM//Corsair Vengeance 16bg ( non low profile )
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO//ASrock p67 extreme 4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU//Corsair 750w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD//2 Western Dig Cav Blue 500gb 7200rpm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU//MSI n460gtx cyclone
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE//Antec Twelve hundred at full
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
August 8, 2012 5:11:33 PM

Xigmatek Dark Knight SD1283 Night Hawk

I've read a couple good reviews on this; never actually tested it out myself.
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August 8, 2012 5:23:23 PM

For a budget, the Coolermaster 212+ or EVO, but chances are the fan will have to be moved up to clear the memory, but not 100% sure as I do not have your board to test with.

This image is a bit deceiving, but it may just fit without moving the fan up.

http://i1034.photobucket.com/albums/a422/CashatVT/Compu...

Even more promise here.

http://www.my630i.com/viewtopic.php?p=40076#p40076

The 212+ and evo are both cheap and perform well.
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August 8, 2012 6:05:32 PM

nukemaster said:
For a budget, the Coolermaster 212+ or EVO, but chances are the fan will have to be moved up to clear the memory, but not 100% sure as I do not have your board to test with.

This image is a bit deceiving, but it may just fit without moving the fan up.

http://i1034.photobucket.com/albums/a422/CashatVT/Compu...

Even more promise here.

http://www.my630i.com/viewtopic.php?p=40076#p40076

The 212+ and evo are both cheap and perform well.

The second link as has both my board and i think my ram, so the either of those sinks would work.

I have been hearing alot on my search for a heatsink about the Noctua NH-D14. If i can find it on amazon, i can get it for 50 bucks off. Would this fit in my case?

Also with the two heat sinks you listed, what is the average drop in temp.
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August 8, 2012 7:22:28 PM

I have never used stock(On Intel. Did on AMD but it was too loud), So I can not comment on it too much. I did install one for a friend who had a I5 2500K getting too hot, it dropped them temps quite a bit, but not sure the exact temp.

How hot are you getting?

I will try to get you some temps with similar setups(I have a CNPS 10X Flex. Willing to bet it is no better then the 212+ with my slow fan).

the NH D14 is one of the BEST coolers you can get, but is very large.
See this, I think your ram is too tall for this beast.
http://www.overclock.net/t/628569/official-noctua-nh-d1...
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August 8, 2012 7:29:53 PM

I got to 75C last night and my screen started flickering. So i cleaned out the fliters and case and it was staying at about 63C with my AC at 78. I looked into it and the nh d14 will cover about one of my ram slots and a little bit of the second one ( enough to fit the ram in but it will be at an angle). I am going to contact cosiar and see if i cant swap mine out for a low profile set. if not I will go with the cool master you suggested.
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August 8, 2012 7:44:42 PM

Ok, just so you know, with Prime95, that places more load then just about any game. I was getting this. This was a short run, i guess I had never saved the 24h+, but the temps even out around the same anyway.

http://img534.imageshack.us/img534/3029/prime95x.png

That said, cpu temps do not tend to cause this problem of flickering(And i am sure many users push it over 75c, but that would be under prime95). I would ensure the video card is clean and running in spec as well.
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August 8, 2012 7:49:32 PM

Thanks for the info, i'll consider this case closed. Hopefully corsair will allow me to trade but if not 212+ is my best bet. Thanks for the help.
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August 8, 2012 7:51:45 PM

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