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Best 154mm cooler for $50 to get i5-2500k to 4.5GHz?

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I may be asking too much, but I'm looking to cool the new system in my sig. The idea is to get it to 4.5GHz (standard-ish 2500k overclock?) and keep the build as silent as possible. To that effect I want to pick up the Silencio 550 if it comes out at a decent price point in the US (still no release date here). The caveat of that case being it has 154mm CPU cooler clearance although a 160mm stack is possible but will press into the foam and perhaps have heat/vibration problems then.

Almost everything is "too tall" being in the 158-160mm range like the hyper-212+ (158.5mm) the mugen-3 (158mm) Corsair A70 (159.5mm) and the Noctua NH-D14 (158mm and $90). The Corsair H50 etc water cooling options sound like the pumps will be too loud for this build and cost $70+ but the clearance issue almost make it seem like water cooling is required.

The Hyper TX3 looks like it fits the bill but it is "direct heatpipe contact", i.e. only partially contacted with your CPU and has large valleys between heatsink and heatpipe like the hyper212+ does also.

Any suggestions?
Edited by fxer - 8/3/11 at 12:16am
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I don't have any, however I do want to say something on HDT coolers and Sandy Bridge: I recently learned that they are an inferior choice to the coolers with a solid flat base.

So I am just hoping that you don't get steered into the direction of HDT coolers.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TwoCables;14446348 
I don't have any, however I do want to say something on HDT coolers and Sandy Bridge: I recently learned that they are an inferior choice to the coolers with a solid flat base.

So I am just hoping that you don't get steered into the direction of HDT coolers.

I can attest to that.
Went with a CM TX3 that had 3 direct copper heat-pipes. The gaps in that thing were stupidly large. Even trying to fill the gaps with TIM, it still didn't yield good results.

For $20 tho, it did its job. And would be an awesome and cheap substitute for the stock cooler running at stock frequency.
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Originally Posted by Nicnivian;14446388 
I can attest to that.
Went with a CM TX3 that had 3 direct copper heat-pipes. The gaps in that thing were stupidly large. Even trying to fill the gaps with TIM, it still didn't yield good results.

For $20 tho, it did its job. And would be an awesome and cheap substitute for the stock cooler running at stock frequency.
It's almost like the cores are too small inside the CPU or something, almost as if only 1 or 2 of the pipes actually gets any of the heat transferred to it instead of to all of them.
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hdt for the old non sandy bridge is still fine tho right? just wondering. I'd suggest 212+ but thats a hdt =(
   
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post #6 of 6
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Well HDT is even worse than I suspected, amazing from reading so many threads here I didn't even come across one with the info about Sandy Bridge mentioned, seems like it should be a big deal.

I'm kind of leaning towards the 158mm Mugen 3 at the moment, it's 4mm over the approved height but should fit and seems well received (if not $10 more expensive than the v2 for no real reason). The Mine 2 seems even better received for $60 but it is 160mm high.
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