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I'm currently building a Gaming Rig optimized for Starcraft 2. I'm going to use a single monitor in 1920x1080 resolution. Majority of the time, I will be playing Sc2, DotA 2 and HoN . I will also try out these games; LoL, Skyrim, Dragon Age II, GW 2, Tera, WoW and Diablo III.

This is what I'm planning to buy:

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K $229
CPU HSF: CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ $33
Mobo: Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 $145
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL (1600MHz 9-9-9-24-2N 1.5v) $65
HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB HD103SJ $59
GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II OC 1GB $249
Case: Antec 300 $59
PSU: Antec Neo Eco 520W $69

I want to try and overclock 2500K to 4.7GHz ~ 5.3GHz. I know that how far you can overclock depends on 2 things:

1.) Good CPU cooler
2.) CPU capacity(Luck)

Is Hyper 212 Plus good enough to overclock over 4.5GHz or do I need a noctua nh-d14?

Note:
- I'm overclocking 2500K because Starcraft 2 is a VERY CPU intensive game and apparantly even the 2500K overclocked to 4.5GHz can't maintain minimum of 60FPS during the whole match in 1v1.

Thanks.
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Is Hyper 212 Plus good enough to overclock over 4.5GHz

Yes

But if you have a golden chip or something that can get to 5 then you should get a d14 > h100 > watercooling.
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the hyper212 plus is a very good cooler, but if youre aiming to get over 4.5, then you want to make sure you get the best temps that you can. so get the d14.
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So if it turns out my 2500K can't go over 4.5GHz no matter what then I'm going to end up wasting money on noctua nh-d14 right? I heard from hardforum that:

1.) Approximately 50% of CPUs can go up to 4.4~4.5 GHz
2.) Approximately 40% of CPUs can go up to 4.6~4.7 GHz
3.) Approximately 10% of CPUs can go up to 4.8~5 GHz (50+ multipliers are about 2% of this group)

So it's 90% unlikely that I'll be able to overclock over 4.7GHz.

I'm thinking of doing this instead:
Step 1.) Try and get to 4.7GHz with Hyper 212 Plus
Step 2.) If I get lucky and my 2500K is capable of doing 5.0GHz then I buy the noctua nh-d14.

Is this a good idea?
post #5 of 52
You could get no cooler and see if it will post at x50 or higher.

Mine does 53x, many people around here seem to have chips that do 5Ghz or higher... Not sure I'd go off that "Approximately" list.
    
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I run an H50 on mine and it's great. At 4.5 I top out in the upper 50's. My chip however will not do upwards of 4.8. So it's going to come down to the chip as opposed to the cooler. If I were you though I'd look at an H100 with push pulls or something similar.

4.5 is still a great OC for gaming. You probably would not notice a huge difference in performance between that and 5.0. I would imagine it's more for bragging rights.
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post #7 of 52
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Originally Posted by Mudfrog;15186245 
4.5 is still a great OC for gaming. You probably would not notice a huge difference in performance between that and 5.0. I would imagine it's more for bragging rights.

No it's not, I'll see a huge difference in Starcraft 2, especially in 4v4.
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Originally Posted by Bountysky;15185878 
So if it turns out my 2500K can't go over 4.5GHz no matter what then I'm going to end up wasting money on noctua nh-d14 right? I heard from hardforum that:

1.) Approximately 50% of CPUs can go up to 4.4~4.5 GHz
2.) Approximately 40% of CPUs can go up to 4.6~4.7 GHz
3.) Approximately 10% of CPUs can go up to 4.8~5 GHz (50+ multipliers are about 2% of this group)

So it's 90% unlikely that I'll be able to overclock over 4.7GHz.

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iam now at 4.8 ht off & 1.320 vcore bios - llc lvl 7 fully stable
temps with noctua 14 idle 32-25 max load 67-72c...
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I would go H100 push pull > dh14. From the testings I've read even the stock H100 outperforms the dh14 @ higher clock speeds, although by a few C. Run push pull and it should be much better.
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Originally Posted by Bountysky;15185878 
So if it turns out my 2500K can't go over 4.5GHz no matter what then I'm going to end up wasting money on noctua nh-d14 right? I heard from hardforum that:

1.) Approximately 50% of CPUs can go up to 4.4~4.5 GHz
2.) Approximately 40% of CPUs can go up to 4.6~4.7 GHz
3.) Approximately 10% of CPUs can go up to 4.8~5 GHz (50+ multipliers are about 2% of this group)

So it's 90% unlikely that I'll be able to overclock over 4.7GHz.

I'm thinking of doing this instead:
Step 1.) Try and get to 4.7GHz with Hyper 212 Plus
Step 2.) If I get lucky and my 2500K is capable of doing 5.0GHz then I buy the noctua nh-d14.

Is this a good idea?

It is impossible to waste money on an NH-D14 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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