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Best Air Cooler for i5 2500k under $50

post #1 of 26
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Guys... already placed an order for the 212+... trying to decide if I should change to the 212 EVO or another cooler before my order gets processed. Looking for the best cooler on my i5 2500k... plan to OC and I'd like it to be quiet as possible. Thanks!
post #2 of 26
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103055

Hope this helps!
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post #3 of 26
CM 212+ is a good budget cooler, grab a 2nd fan for push/pull setup and you should see pretty good temps.
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post #4 of 26
212 for sure.
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post #5 of 26
I'm partial to this cooler. Small, not very heavy and does a very good job while looking cool.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835288001&Tpk=evga%20superclock
post #6 of 26
for under $50 go with the 212+ because it is a tested and proven cooler the evo is fairly new and doesn't have the track record. but I have to say that it might be better to spend an extra $25 to get an NH-D14. I imagine you have already heard this but the 212+ is a good cooler but not that good. The NH-D14 will give you a lot more room to OC or cool future processors like SB-E and Ivy so just saying it up to you.
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post #7 of 26
I'd definitely say the Hyper 212+ is the best you can do under $50. Mine has taken me to 4.6 GHz, maxing out at about 66C when folding 24/7, and about 74C when Prime95'ing.
 
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post #8 of 26
Mugen 3 (40,-), Hyper 212 + or evo (20,-)

second fan on single tower cooler makes ~1C difference. On a dual tower (a.k.a NH-D14) it would certainly make a difference
post #9 of 26
The best heatsinks under $50 are the Thermalright HR-02 Macho and the Thermalright TRUE Spirit 140. They are hands down the best in the price range. They are both right around $40
    
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post #10 of 26
Put lile 20 more dollars and get a noctua nh-d14, Ican overclock mine at 4.8 with 1.3v and temps dont get over 65c while playing cpu intensive games.
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Kingston 96GB SSD  Caviar Green 1TB storage  Plextor PX-L890 SA 24x DVD-RW Noctua NH-D14 
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