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Need help picking out a heatsink for my core i7 sandy

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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

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August 8, 2012 5:23:23 PM
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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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
August 8, 2012 7:51:45 PM

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