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Hello everyone,

I'm both new to this forum and new to overclocking.

I'm going to build me a setup close to this spec soon:

-Thermaltake armor A60
-ASRock P67 Extreme4 or Pro3
-Intel i5-2500k
-Nvidia GTX560ti
-Cosair Vengeance 2*4GB
-Cosair GS600 PSU

Some other stuff less interesting.

Now I have been reading about the overclocking of the 2500k (here and elsewhere). Also about overclocking in general.

I would like to give it a go, but not into extremes. I want to use it on a daily basis and it's more like; I'd like to get easy extra power out of the 2500k. I'm thinking about somewhere between 4 and 4.5GHZ.

My question is; how far can I go with the stoch cpu cooler? Or should I instantly go aftermarket? If so any recommendations? I've read good reviews of the Scythe Mugen 2 and the Arctic-Cooling Freezer 13.

Thanks in advance for replies.
 
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post #2 of 11
You could go with the stock cooler pretty far and if you're a beginner overclocker you could stick with that before seeing if you need anything better. What an aftermarket cooler will give is one of these two things: same cooling at much lower noise levels or better cooling at the same noise levels than the stock HSF. As for recommendation for a budget tower cooler I'd go with the CM Hyper 212+

Cheers! ...and welcome to OCN
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post #3 of 11
Even a basic heatsink will help with both temperatures and noise...my Zalman CNPS 9900 is insanely quiet, I don't even kind of hear it in my case. Its up to you whether its worth it for the convenience and quiet, but you will probably definitely notice a temperature decrease, though at 4ghz your stock heatsink should be able to keep the temperatures safe no problem. 4.5ghz might be pushing it, but I haven't seen any reviews that show what temps the stock heatsink get at that clock, and it will depend a lot on your voltage.
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post #4 of 11
Intel stock heatsinks are fine for stock.

AMD stock heatsinks are jet engines at stock.

Regardless, a hyper 212+ is quiet, and gives you a decent OC
post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by Hukkel View Post
Hello everyone,

I'm both new to this forum and new to overclocking.

I'm going to build me a setup close to this spec soon:

-Thermaltake armor A60
-ASRock P67 Extreme4 or Pro3
-Intel i5-2500k
-Nvidia GTX560ti
-Cosair Vengeance 2*4GB
-Cosair GS600 PSU

Some other stuff less interesting.

Now I have been reading about the overclocking of the 2500k (here and elsewhere). Also about overclocking in general.

I would like to give it a go, but not into extremes. I want to use it on a daily basis and it's more like; I'd like to get easy extra power out of the 2500k. I'm thinking about somewhere between 4 and 4.5GHZ.

My question is; how far can I go with the stoch cpu cooler? Or should I instantly go aftermarket? If so any recommendations? I've read good reviews of the Scythe Mugen 2 and the Arctic-Cooling Freezer 13.

Thanks in advance for replies.
Scythe Mugen 2 is more of a high-end cooler. It's only $40, though, and its fan is extremely quiet. It can handle Sandy Bridge at up to 1.45V fine. Pretty much any decent 120mm heatsink will handle Sandy Bridge at 1.3-1.35V fine.

If you're looking for something very inexpensive, though, I recommend you take a look at the . It has better cooling performance than the Hyper 212+ and even costs a bit less at just $25.
    
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post #6 of 11
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Thank you guys a lot for the fast feedback.

I will probably go to 4 GHZ at first and leave it like that for a while. It's just that I'd like to add the right heatsink directly at the build.

It doesn't have to be super inexpensive. I'd not like to spend 80 euros, but 40 euros would be fine. The Freezer 13 is also about 35 euros. And the Mugen about 40 euros. I'll have a look at the A50 as well thanks.
 
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post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Hukkel View Post
Thank you guys a lot for the fast feedback.

I will probably go to 4 GHZ at first and leave it like that for a while. It's just that I'd like to add the right heatsink directly at the build.

It doesn't have to be super inexpensive. I'd not like to spend 80 euros, but 40 euros would be fine. The Freezer 13 is also about 35 euros. And the Mugen about 40 euros. I'll have a look at the A50 as well thanks.
You won't get a better deal than the Mugen 2 at that price hands down if you can handle the somewhat complex installation. If you're only OCing to 4GHz, you'll probably have temps in the high 50s, which is very cool for Sandy Bridge.

The Corsair A50 won't break a sweat either, and it's easier to install. It just really comes down to what you want. If you want the CPU to run cooler and a fan that's quieter but can handle a bit more complex installation, go for the Scythe Mugen 2. If you don't mind the extra noise and want a very easy to install cooler, get the Corsair A50.
    
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post #8 of 11
Welcome to OCN and becaus eit is OCN Im going say, yes you should buy an aftermarket cooler (mugen, Hyper 212, A50, etc) and overclock that 2500K heaps.
post #9 of 11
The Mugen 2 is a great cooler, although a bit large, bulky and unwieldy. In my personal experience, performance skyrockets when you put a second fan on it for push/pull, so you may want to factor that in on your decision. My temps have dropped ~10C since I went through the process of the single stock fan to my AP-15s in push/pull, with the most dramatic drop when I added my second CM SF during the Gentle Typhoon drought. In my opinion, something with an easier mounting procedure would be better for any beginner.
post #10 of 11
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Would you suggest getting a cooler with 2 fans right away or getting a cooler with 1 fan and buying another one and add it?

If you think an easier mounting procedure would be better for me which one would you recommend?

Also tnx for all the advice and the welcome everyone
 
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