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Well I have a new sweet i5 2500k and I tested it for OC and it reached 5 GHz, but it's still with the stock cooling and I know I must buy a new one to keep it overclocked, right now I lowered it to 4 GHz. So I want to ask what you, fellow overclockers, would recommend me, since I'm new in cooling biggrin.gif I read for some days now about coolings for 2500k and mostly people recommend CM Hyper 212+ or that Noctua NH-D14 (I think it was that), but they recommend it for OCs up to about 4.7 GHz. What would you recommend me to buy? I have P8P67 deluxe motherboard by the way.

My budget is about $200-$250, so I actually want you tell me if there's something better than those two coolers that can be bought in that range and I do not want the best cooler for it's price, but the best in the $200-$250. I couldn't find water cooling for CPU in that price range, but if you have something in mind - shoot it thumb.gif Also something little over $250 would be still considered, but not like a 500$ cooling now biggrin.gif
(Do not consider space in the case as a factor)

PS: I don't want to spam all sub-forums about my cooling and I didn't know if I will end up with air or water cooling, so I made the thread in the general discussions rolleyes.gif
Edited by fewtcher - 3/10/12 at 11:34pm
post #2 of 31
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12222/ex-wat-162/XSPC_Rasa_750_RS360_Universal_CPU_Triple_Radiator_Water_Cooling_Kit_w_Free_Kill_Coil.html

+ tubing, distilled water, etc.

Also, fill in a sig rig? It would be helpful.
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If you compare it with CM Hyper 212+ what will be the difference in temperature of like 5GHz OC? I read about this in some threads and most of the people didn't recommended it. Is it because of the price, or...?
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As far as I know, a 212+ can not handle 5ghz. You're looking at either a high-end noctua, H100, or custom water cooling (the RASA kit to make things simple). Unlike the others, the RASA kit is a fully customizable loop and you can add your gpu to the line later if you want, with just some extra tubing and a GPU WC block.
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Yes, 212+ can't handle 5 GHz, as I concluded based on my research. So is there a better Noctua in that price range than NH-D14? If not, then I would go with the RASA kit, it seems rolleyes.gif
post #6 of 31
I'm pretty sure the NH-D14 is the best air cooler. If you go with the RASA kit, make sure to test the loop for leaks before doing anything with the hardware, don't wanna fry anything, especially a 2500k that'll hit 5.0. Maybe leave the cpu/gpu out of the case while testing the loop, just in case.
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Yeah, I read that it's good to test the loops outside the case first to check for leaks and for the flow. Thanks for the advice thumb.gif Okay then, last question, what would you recommend for a 5.5 OC, the Noctua or the RASA kit. I don't know if it will reach that speed, but if in theory it does, which will be better for me rolleyes.gif
Thank you for all your help and your patience by the way biggrin.gif I know I'm a pain in the *** biggrin.gif
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do the rasa kit, or assemble your own
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Did you actually OC and stress test it on a stock heatsink@5Ghz?

Why would you do that?

Or did you just boot into windows @5Ghz and not stress test it? that would make sense and be safe but also pointless.
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I booted the windows and started a stress test, but seeing the temp going to 80 I stopped and lowered it back to 4.3 GHz biggrin.gif I have a separate grill for the stakes, thank you very much biggrin.gif
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