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post #1 of 29
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I am building a gaming rig and want to take the i5-2500k to 4.5GHz by air cooling if possible. I am putting it in a NZXT Phantom case. What cooler would you guys and gals recommend?
The "Hope to Be"
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i5-2500k ASUS Sabertooth P67 EVGA GeForce GTX-580 8GB Kinsgton T1 1600MHz 
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64GB Crucial M4 SSD Sony LightScribe 24x DVD/RW Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit Corsair Enthusiast 850 
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post #2 of 29
whats your budget?
    
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2xM4 64 GB Raid 0 4x5900rpm Baracuda Raid 0 Pioneer BDR Windows 7 Home Premium Triple Asus 27" monitors 
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Tt Challenger Ultimate Corsair AX-1200 NZXT Switch 810 Mionix Naos 5000 
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I5 2500K 4.7ghz 1.36v MSI Z68A-GD80 (G3) MSI GTX 680 TFIII 4GB SLI 1248mhz core 6.5ghz mem 16GB Patriot Viper X Div 2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2xM4 64 GB Raid 0 4x5900rpm Baracuda Raid 0 Pioneer BDR Windows 7 Home Premium Triple Asus 27" monitors 
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Tt Challenger Ultimate Corsair AX-1200 NZXT Switch 810 Mionix Naos 5000 
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post #3 of 29
Thread Starter 
Like to spend less than $100.00
The "Hope to Be"
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500k ASUS Sabertooth P67 EVGA GeForce GTX-580 8GB Kinsgton T1 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
64GB Crucial M4 SSD Sony LightScribe 24x DVD/RW Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit Corsair Enthusiast 850 
Case
NZXT Phantom 
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The "Hope to Be"
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500k ASUS Sabertooth P67 EVGA GeForce GTX-580 8GB Kinsgton T1 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
64GB Crucial M4 SSD Sony LightScribe 24x DVD/RW Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit Corsair Enthusiast 850 
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NZXT Phantom 
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post #4 of 29
go for a Corsair H80
post #5 of 29
Thread Starter 
Really? Well that will be my first foray into liquid cooling. Is that really the only way to clock that high?
The "Hope to Be"
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500k ASUS Sabertooth P67 EVGA GeForce GTX-580 8GB Kinsgton T1 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
64GB Crucial M4 SSD Sony LightScribe 24x DVD/RW Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit Corsair Enthusiast 850 
Case
NZXT Phantom 
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The "Hope to Be"
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i5-2500k ASUS Sabertooth P67 EVGA GeForce GTX-580 8GB Kinsgton T1 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
64GB Crucial M4 SSD Sony LightScribe 24x DVD/RW Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit Corsair Enthusiast 850 
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NZXT Phantom 
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post #6 of 29
Get a Coolermaster Hyper 212+. I have my 2500k under one at 4.6ghz and it runs awesome. On load it hits 60deg. Cant go wrong, and you will have a lot of change from $100.
They are really good coolers, just look at the owners thread.
the newy
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post #7 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kurash View Post
Really? Well that will be my first foray into liquid cooling. Is that really the only way to clock that high?
not the only way, but it most certainly gives you a lot of headroom Temp wise. i hear good things about the noctua or the hyper 212(keeping temps below 60c while pushing 4.7-4.8ghz)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...20cpu%20cooler

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103065
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I5 2500K 4.7ghz 1.36v MSI Z68A-GD80 (G3) MSI GTX 680 TFIII 4GB SLI 1248mhz core 6.5ghz mem 16GB Patriot Viper X Div 2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2xM4 64 GB Raid 0 4x5900rpm Baracuda Raid 0 Pioneer BDR Windows 7 Home Premium Triple Asus 27" monitors 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Tt Challenger Ultimate Corsair AX-1200 NZXT Switch 810 Mionix Naos 5000 
Mouse Pad
Mionix Propus 380 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I5 2500K 4.7ghz 1.36v MSI Z68A-GD80 (G3) MSI GTX 680 TFIII 4GB SLI 1248mhz core 6.5ghz mem 16GB Patriot Viper X Div 2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2xM4 64 GB Raid 0 4x5900rpm Baracuda Raid 0 Pioneer BDR Windows 7 Home Premium Triple Asus 27" monitors 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Tt Challenger Ultimate Corsair AX-1200 NZXT Switch 810 Mionix Naos 5000 
Mouse Pad
Mionix Propus 380 
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post #8 of 29
212+ is loud....

Go with a XigmateK GAIA or LOKI if you want a good overclock with low noise. Go with the Dark Knight if you want a high overclock without getting a D14 which costs almost twice as much (with a marginal performance gain).
    
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post #9 of 29
Is loud? what the heck? ive got one on my current build and had one on my last build.. you must have a bad one because i cant hear it now or on the previous one. If you want loud try the stock phenom 955 cooler that it replaced.. holy balls it sounded like a jet was taking off in my room.
the newy
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 6700k Asus z170-ar Gigabyte gaming g1 1070 Kingston Hyperx 2666mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Samsung 850 500gb + Samsung 850 250gb + Various... Cryorig R1 Ultimate Windows 10 Pro x64 EVGA G2 750W 
Case
Coolermaster Mastercase 5 Pro 
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the newy
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i7 6700k Asus z170-ar Gigabyte gaming g1 1070 Kingston Hyperx 2666mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Samsung 850 500gb + Samsung 850 250gb + Various... Cryorig R1 Ultimate Windows 10 Pro x64 EVGA G2 750W 
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Coolermaster Mastercase 5 Pro 
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post #10 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by MinitroN View Post
212+ is loud....

Go with a XigmateK GAIA or LOKI if you want a good overclock with low noise. Go with the Dark Knight if you want a high overclock without getting a D14 which costs almost twice as much (with a marginal performance gain).
Something is wrong with your 212+ then. 212+ uses PWM fan (CM Blademeaster) and I can tell you those fans are not loud.
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Windows 7 Professional x64 (Host) Crunchbang Linux x64 (Guest) HP 2311x HP PS/2 Keyboard 
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Rosewill Capstone 450 W Rosewill Challenger Logitech M570 ASUS Xonar D1 
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Crucial M4 128 GB WD Caviar Blue 1 TB Lite-on DVD Burner Thermalright Venomous X 
OSOSMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 Professional x64 (Host) Crunchbang Linux x64 (Guest) HP 2311x HP PS/2 Keyboard 
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