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I currently run the Noctua NH-D14 and it is super easy to install, really high quality, and realllllly quiet.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835608018

Save a little dough and go with the 212 EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103099
Edited by iitenaciousg - 10/9/11 at 2:53am
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post #22 of 29

if you go with the hyper 212+, have a look at this :


He installs a Hyper 212+ 15:30 mins thourgh.
post #23 of 29
Why would you get a 212+ with a $100 budget for a cooler?

That's like saying I can afford a Ferrari, I want Ferrari like performance, but I'm going to settle for this used Ford Pinto. It makes no sense!

Noctua D14 or Promiletach Megahalems are where its at (I probably spelled that wrong). Upgrade the fans on both to a couple of Yate Loon Highs in Push / Pull and you're set.

Or you could jump into the H80 with the same Yate Loon fans, and it'll do pretty good too. Don't be thrown off by the "water cooling" part on it. It's not real water cooling, its a sealed loop...meaning you'll NEVER touch the water at all (unless you mod it like I did).

Both air and the sealed loops will net you around 4.8GHz or so with the higher end stuff (under $100). If you want to push 1.45v or more, you'll need to go with a real water cooling loop.
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post #24 of 29
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Originally Posted by pioneerisloud View Post
Why would you get a 212+ with a $100 budget for a cooler?

That's like saying I can afford a Ferrari, I want Ferrari like performance, but I'm going to settle for this used Ford Pinto. It makes no sense!
You don't need a Ferrari to go to 4.5GHz. That's the point. Would you really recommend someone who just wants decent overclock to pump over 1.45V Vcore on a CPU, just because he can? I wouldn't, personally.

The limit on Sandy is not the heat, but the Vcore you can pump in without degrading / frying the CPU. 4.4-4.6GHz is a good range. 4.6GHz will still be on the higher side of 1.3V before the wall, maybe less if you get really lucky with the chip.
post #25 of 29
coolermaster hyper 212+

using it myself, 2500k @ 4.6ghz.
post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by papalazaru View Post
You don't need a Ferrari to go to 4.5GHz. That's the point. Would you really recommend someone who just wants decent overclock to pump over 1.45V Vcore on a CPU, just because he can? I wouldn't, personally.

The limit on Sandy is not the heat, but the Vcore you can pump in without degrading / frying the CPU. 4.4-4.6GHz is a good range. 4.6GHz will still be on the higher side of 1.3V before the wall, maybe less if you get really lucky with the chip.
Really, are you sure about that? Because I'm running 1.49v, and I'm STILL heat limited with a water cooling loop. These chips are fine up to 1.52v with offset (1.45v without offset).

Why settle at 4.5GHz if you can push 4.9-5.0GHz safely?
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post #27 of 29
Quote:
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Why settle at 4.5GHz if you can push 4.9-5.0GHz safely?
= OCN, the pursuit of performance

Get the NH-D14.
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post #28 of 29
212+ is horribly loud at max speed. Why get a 212 when you can get a LOKI or GAIA from XigmateK for the same price; they perform about the same and the XK's are quieter.

If you're going to spend all that budget then the D14 is obviously the best choice. If you're trying to save a bit but still get a performance cooler get a Dark Knight.
    
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I got the thermaltake frio for mine for $45 shipped does 4.5GHz in safe temps with 85F ambient.
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