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I can get a very good deal for this motherboard@ $75. Pretty good I think for a Z68 ATX motherboard. My goal would be to pair it with a 2500k to overclock it to like 4Ghz or so. Would it be overkill if I buy a corsair A70 HSF ? Should I just save my cash and use the stock intel HSF and put that money on a better video card maybe?

In other words, if this motherboard is going limit my OC, putting a A70 on it might not be the smartest choice no?
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If you overclock your 2500k to 4ghz with the stock cooler, you'll be very, very sorry.

Temperatures rise pretty damn fast on even moderate overclocks, the stock cooler can hardly handle the 2500k at stock speeds.

Temperature is going to be your primary OC limitation on stock cooler with that board. With the A70, or some other perhaps better cooler, the board won't be giving you much trouble.
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Nah, the stocker will handle 4.0, depending on your ambient temps. I'm in a climate controlled house about 22C, at 4.0 the stock cooler had peak max (not sustained) around 80C during stress testing - thermal throttling isn't until 95C, so there's lots of headroom there.

I wouldn't go any higher though...if you're going to experiment with higher speeds, (or if you have much higher ambient temps) get at least *something* better than the stock cooler.
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This board did fine for my SB chip up to 4.5ghz. I am stuck there, not sure if its the board or the chip though.
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