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ok I'm running a 2500k stock atm, I would like to hit the 5ghz mark but to start with I'm shooting for 4.5ghz. I have around $160 to spend on a cooler/cooling setup and I was just wondering if you guys could make some recommendations air/water doesn't matter. I'm using the Zalman Z9 Plus for a case of that is of any use.
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If you hit 5GHz or not will almost entierly be dependant on the chip and how much Vcore it will need. If you got a bad one, high-end cooling will not help much..

For High-end air, the Noctua NH-D14 is very popular. But make sure it has clearance for your RAM. For cheaper but good aircoolers, the Cooler Master Hyper 212 + is very good, and will handle up to about 1.45v Vcore. It will also have no issues with RAM clearance.

Also, you have the Corsair Watercooling kits... H50, 60, 70, 80 and 100. H70 will be about as good as the NH-D14, or a little worse I believe. But these are fairly expensive. At least here in Norway.
    
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If you hit 5GHz or not will almost entierly be dependant on the chip and how much Vcore it will need. If you got a bad one, high-end cooling will not help much..

For High-end air, the Noctua NH-D14 is very popular. But make sure it has clearance for your RAM. For cheaper but good aircoolers, the Cooler Master Hyper 212 + is very good, and will handle up to about 1.45v Vcore. It will also have no issues with RAM clearance.

Also, you have the Corsair Watercooling kits... H50, 60, 70, 80 and 100. H70 will be about as good as the NH-D14, or a little worse I believe. But these are fairly expensive. At least here in Norway.

Spot on!! However I must get the Silver arrow in there, it's comparable to the NH-D14 and costs a little less if I remember Or you could go with watercooling, the RX240 kit would do the job very very nicely, a cpu only loop and your temps would allow a push for 5ghz as long as your CPU has the potential.

With the raza kit it gives the opportunity to upgrade in future, add another rad and you could get a gpu or two under water.

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For simplicity sake I'd suggest sticking to air cooling or closes water coolers though I think the performance of the Corsair H series is mediocre at best for the price.

The Noctua NH-D14 is an amazing cooler but if you don't absolutely need to hit 5.0 ghz (and it still may be possible with this) I'd go with the Xigmatek GAIA. It's quieter, cheaper and outperforms the Hyper 212+.

To be honest at the point where you would ever notice the difference between a 5.0ghz i5 and 4.5ghz i5 will be a time when much better technology is out for much cheaper. 5.0ghz does grow the epeen though
    
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Have you ever used an H series cooler? They actually work pretty good.
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Have you ever used an H series cooler? They actually work pretty good.
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