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I have yet to purchase the last pieces of my latest build, and wanted some different opinions on possible air coolers for my 2500K which I will be overclocking to (hopefully) 4.6ghz.

Right now I have a Thermaltake Frio picked out, in a NZXT Phantom full tower to get me maximum airflow with the 200mm exhaust fan above the CPU and 120mm exhaust fan to the left of it. My hope was that a push pull configuration flowing directly into the rear exhaust fan would help air circulation, but the CFM levels of the Frio scare me. I'm afraid I might actually be pushing too much air towards the exhaust and end up choking the area with ambient heat since the exhaust fan only pushes out about 60-70 CFM on the stock fan.

So are there any Air coolers that can be setup in a push pull setup that wont push over 100 CFM and choke up my exhaust? I don't really have a budget, I can pickup pretty much anything at this point.
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Coolermaster hyper 212+ or evo model
meglahams
Noctua NH-D14
Thermaltake SilverArrow

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http://www.overclock.net/t/1216032/need-an-air-cooler-for-my-i5-sb

here this thread is about half down the air cooling forum page...
check it out, it might help.
    
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NH D14,Silver arrow, megahalems, corsair h100, TR Archon ,CNPS12X
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The Be Quiet! Dark rock Pro or Advanced will do the job very well! I have the exact same set up as you in fact! with a Frio and an NZXT phantom like you said.

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But now I have the dark rock pro and it does the exact same performance for low heat chips like these sandy bridge i5's and i7's. The frio is best on the new Bulldozer chips and phenoms, as well as the old nahlems.

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NH D14,Silver arrow, megahalems, corsair h100, TR Archon ,CNPS12X
Half of those don't fit in the phantom(NH d14, silver arrow, irk the rest) I'm only certain the h100 fits and that would me my choice.

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Well considering i wont be holding onto the 2500K Forever and I fully intend to upgrade to an Ivy Bridge processor when they get a proper release I'd kind of need a bulldozer of a heat sink to transfer over to the new chip.
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NH C14
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Well considering i wont be holding onto the 2500K Forever and I fully intend to upgrade to an Ivy Bridge processor when they get a proper release I'd kind of need a bulldozer of a heat sink to transfer over to the new chip.

Actually... no you don't... the Ivybridge will run Cooler than the Sandybridge you have now.
    
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I have yet to purchase the last pieces of my latest build, and wanted some different opinions on possible air coolers for my 2500K which I will be overclocking to (hopefully) 4.6ghz.
Right now I have a Thermaltake Frio picked out, in a NZXT Phantom full tower to get me maximum airflow with the 200mm exhaust fan above the CPU and 120mm exhaust fan to the left of it. My hope was that a push pull configuration flowing directly into the rear exhaust fan would help air circulation, but the CFM levels of the Frio scare me. I'm afraid I might actually be pushing too much air towards the exhaust and end up choking the area with ambient heat since the exhaust fan only pushes out about 60-70 CFM on the stock fan.
So are there any Air coolers that can be setup in a push pull setup that wont push over 100 CFM and choke up my exhaust? I don't really have a budget, I can pickup pretty much anything at this point.

The Frio would be fine (maybe not my first choice but it's still a good cooler). It's got a reputation for cooling at high rpm but I suspect the stock fans are the culprit. Replace them with something better and it should be good to go.

Then...try removing your rear exhaust altogether.

I recently installed a Venomous X w push/pull. Today (as in 10 minutes ago) I removed my rear exhaust fan completely (a Noc NF-P12) after noticing that the difference between it cranked all the way up and completely turned off was 1c.. The pull fan is so close to the exhaust that a fan there just got in the way. Oh and also, that rear fan was my only case exhaust. Now I have none, just the Venomous pushing air out the back. I installed a blank empty fan shroud in its place to help focus the air out. All temps remained stable including under combined gpu/cpu load testing. *obviously my particular case and cooling setup may not have similar results as others.
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