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Hey everyone. First time poster here. Thanks in advance for the help and advice.

I'm putting together a new machine and recently purchased an i7-2600K. I'll be putting it in an ASUS Sabertooth P67. I've heard differing opinions on whether or not the stock cooler is sufficient for overclocking the i7. If so, is it advisable to use to the pre-applied thermal paste on the cooler, or should I wipe it and use something like Arctic Silver (what's the real difference between all the different types?)

If not, what is a reasonably priced alternative to the stock cooler that wouldn't give me any trouble as far as fitting it into the P67 without blocking up any of the RAM slots?

I'm not sure exactly how far I want to overclock this thing just yet. New to the overclocking world, so I have some more reading to do. 4.5 maybe...
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Couple of things to go over:

1. The stock cooler is okay. The pre-applied TIM it comes with is horrid, so if you're planning on sticking with the stock cooler for a little while, take that off and replace it with some nice aftermarket TIM of your choice. You won't be able to take your overclock far at all with the stock cooler, most I'd recommend you go to is 4GHz flat.

2. As far as aftermarket cooling goes, you literally have DOZENS of options. You can go air cooling, water cooling, self contained water cooler, etc. Lots of options!
Edited by pjBSOD - 10/3/11 at 5:36pm
post #3 of 28
Personally I use a V6GT and it works fine for overclocking (4.8 on the sig rig) but it does cover up 1 of the RAM slots, I can still fit 2x4 high-profile dimms in the second and fourth slots though.
post #4 of 28
I wouldn't recommend stock cooler if you're going to overclock.

Check out Coolermaster Hyper 212+, Noctua, or even Silver Arrow. Those are great ocing heatsink/fans.

You can easily hit 4.0GHz+ with air cooling. ANything about 4.5G might need more cooling, depending on your ambient temps smile.gif
    
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Why such a dramatic price difference between the Hyper 212+ and some Noctua models?

Also, Arctic Silver 5 vs. Arctic Silver (fill in the blank).... does it really make any difference in my situation?

Thanks for the replies so far.
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Any reason not to use the Cooler Master TIM that comes with the Hyper 212+?
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post #7 of 28
TIMs itself won't make too much difference prob 2-3 degress max if applied correctly especially for the the newer paste on the market. But
Arctic Cooling MX-4 is pretty nice. i'ts fairly cheap too
post #8 of 28
It really depends on how far are you going to OC this chip. When I bought mine, I wanted to get to 5ghz (by hook or by crook) so I had to buy a decent cooler (which was the H70 based on my preference).

If you're just going to OC it @ 4.5ghz, high end air coolers will do the job since you can reach that speed just by setting everything in auto.
post #9 of 28
Hyper 212+ is considered a budget cooler, Its small compared to a high end Noctua or a Silver Arrow. Larger heatsync = Larger surface area = More cooling as long as you have enough static pressure with the fans to pass the air through the cooler efficiently. The Noctua and Silver arrow are top end air coolers, prices increase as you get better cooling, but the return per dollar diminishes. If you are not planning on going 4.8+ id stick with the hyper 212+ since its cost effective and you get alot of cooler.
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once upon a time I owned a Corsair Hydro Series cooler, I wouldnt suggest getting one. IMHO they are overpriced for the amount of performance you get from them, plus they are loud as hell. If you are looking at a $80+ cooler, stick to air, Noctua.
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