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post #1 of 21
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What coolers are you guys using for your i5 2500k's? I'm in the process of choosing one for my i5 build next month, and was wondering if there were any options better than the CM Hyper 212+ (with 2nd 120mm fan). Its only $30, but I'd be willing to spend $50-75 if it means significantly better temps.

I plan on OC'ing the i5 to 4.0ghz at first, eventually bumping it up to 4.5ghz. I'll have a full tower case with a bunch of front/top/rear fans.
post #2 of 21
If you want to stay on a budget but be able to reach better temperature than the 212+ you can give a look to the Scythe Ninja 3 or the Scythe Mugen 2 wich here where I ame cost less than 40€ wich mean they should cost somewhat like or less than 40$. Even if it's not bad I suggest to avoid the 212+.
If you're willing ti spend a lot more you can look at the best coolers from Noctua (Noctua NH-U12P or NH-D14), Prolimatech (Armageddon or Megahalems) and Thermalright( Archon or Silver Arrow or Venomous-X or HR-02 or Axp-140RT if you are able to find it for cheap). These coolers give you significantly better temps and are amazingly silent more or less but they cost a lot more than the Scythe.
Edited by Ctekcop - 6/20/11 at 7:36am
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I love my $60 h60. Definitely worth it for cool temps, very quiet.

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212 is a solid cooler. Anything from Noctua is also good for air.
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Hi,

I'm using the Corsair H50. That will get you to 4.5Ghz easy
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I never considered a water cooler...might be worth looking into if the case I end up getting supports it.
post #7 of 21
again, im in the same boat. i will probably run my prolimatech megahelms from my q6600 on the 2500k.

the other option is water cooling! (the h100 looks sweet!)
 
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post #8 of 21
not sure what your ambient temps would be but my temps running prime 95 right now are at 51C for main core and 46C for my other 3 cores using a hyper212+
   
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post #9 of 21
I only read great things about the Hyper 212+ and also about the Mugen rev 2. Both very cheap and work like a treat. Why don't you get one of those first and get another one later if you really feel like temps are getting too high when you start OCing it?
 
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post #10 of 21
i agree with hukkel. i haven't had any problems with my hyper 212+ and my temps are pretty good despite having a mobo that really isn't meant for high OC's. my temps don't get higher than 60 with it so i'd say its pretty worth it to try it first imo
   
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