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I am looking at getting an 2500K after I get some cash from selling off my spare system. I currently have an 2300, however to ensure that my CPU won't bottleneck my cards for the next couple of years I think it would be best to make this upgrade.

Also, to get the most out of my 2500K I want to get the best air cooler on the market. I used to have a Corsair H50 and I realized that some premium air coolers still beat it out, so I want to know what my best option is. To pair up with the premium air cooler I have some MX-4 thermal paste, but I also want to know what would be the best fans for it. GT's? Or what?

To top it off, will my P67 Pro3 be able to unlock the 2500K's OC potential? Like at least up to 4.8GHz?
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This is an easy one. Noctua NH-D14 or Thermalright Silver Arrow.

Mine hits 55 - 60 degrees under load after a few hours @ 4.5 Ghz and I've seen screens of others and Silver Arrows hitting the same temps.

At the moment, they are the best two air coolers on the market.
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Noctua NH-C14 is a good air cooler.

Corsair H7027 ºC 60 dBA 1900 RPM 37 ºC60 dBA1900 RPM61 ºC
Noctua NH-C1426 ºC 52 dBA 1300 RPM 37 ºC52 dBA1300 RPM61 ºC

ASRock P67 mobo are great for overclocking 2500K.
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I am looking at getting an 2500K after I get some cash from selling off my spare system. I currently have an 2300, however to ensure that my CPU won't bottleneck my cards for the next couple of years I think it would be best to make this upgrade.

Also, to get the most out of my 2500K I want to get the best air cooler on the market. I used to have a Corsair H50 and I realized that some premium air coolers still beat it out, so I want to know what my best option is. To pair up with the premium air cooler I have some MX-4 thermal paste, but I also want to know what would be the best fans for it. GT's? Or what?

To top it off, will my P67 Pro3 be able to unlock the 2500K's OC potential? Like at least up to 4.8GHz?
My pro will push my chip to 5.5
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I am looking at getting an 2500K after I get some cash from selling off my spare system. I currently have an 2300, however to ensure that my CPU won't bottleneck my cards for the next couple of years I think it would be best to make this upgrade.

Also, to get the most out of my 2500K I want to get the best air cooler on the market. I used to have a Corsair H50 and I realized that some premium air coolers still beat it out, so I want to know what my best option is. To pair up with the premium air cooler I have some MX-4 thermal paste, but I also want to know what would be the best fans for it. GT's? Or what?

To top it off, will my P67 Pro3 be able to unlock the 2500K's OC potential? Like at least up to 4.8GHz?
Thermalright Silver Arrow or
Noctua NH-D14
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Not sure on your mobo, I've gotten up to 4.8GHz stable ~so far on the Extreme4.

Another vote for the Silver Arrow. Love it.

The Noctua NH-D14 would be a good choice too. I just liked the looks of the SA over the Noctua.

EDIT: Also, the Silver Arrow stock fans are good enough w/o the need to replace them.
Edited by Nightz2k - 5/14/11 at 8:57pm
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I'd def choose the Noctua NH-D14. at 4.8 after about 6 hrs of blend my temps maxed at 58c stock fans on either that or the Silver Arrow will be more than sufficient.
And ur mobo should be fine, if ur worried and u have the change I'd suggest the P67 Extreme4 for sure
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Another vote for the Silver Arrow. Love it.

The Noctua NH-D14 would be a good choice too. I just liked the looks of the SA over the Noctua.
NOOO! The D14 is beautiful! It's just a love it or hate it thing lol
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NOOO! The D14 is beautiful! It's just a love it or hate it thing lol
lol, Nah, didn't hate it either, in fact, I almost bought one from a user here, but it sold off before I had the cash available. I wouldn't regret either choice, both on par with each other in performance!
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After reading your comments as well as some online reviews and checking prices, this will be my decision...
CPU: i5-2500K
Mobo: Asus P8P67 Pro
Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 w/ stock fans & MX-4 thermal paste (it's cheaper where I am than the silver arrow)
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