Originally Posted by SlvrYeti
Evo 212 here ... Can't believe I was recommended this cooler to no end from all sources and it's pants....
is the problem with band-wagon-jumping noobs who think they f-ing know everything because they've read an article on Toms.
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The Hyper 212 is NOT a good cooler recommendation for a 3770k, in any way shape or form. A CPU that costs that much and runs that hot - especially if intended to overclock - should be cooled by something WAY more significant.
But every dumb-ass who has heard the Hyper212 was good value for SandyBridge (it was) continues to recommend it for everyone, for every build, because they're too uneducated on the hardware-scene and too overconfident in their limited and predictable "knowledge".
It's the exact same thing as these wonderful examples of stupidity and short-sightedness (in the last couple years):
"4gb of RAM is plenty for gaming"
"1gb of VRAM is plenty for 1080p"
"2gb of VRAM is plenty for 1440p"
"Games don't use more than 2 cores."
"Games don't use more than 4 cores."
and now we can add to the list
"You're building a 3970x build and want to hit 5.2ghz?"
"COOLER MASTER HYPER 212 IS DA BEST!!!"
People who don't know what they're talking about - enough to see and understand the nuances of a persons build, budget, intended uses, etc - and who are incapable of contextualizing such within a time frame and the shifts and dynamics of computer hardware (whether that be requirements for applications or maintaining temps or functionality/compatibility into the future) should just shut their freaking mouths before making suggestions to people that cost them money and leave them disappointed with their choices.
"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt." - Bertrand Russell
In this case, the "doubt" is simply the questioning and evaluating of needs and hardware components. The "cocksure" is people who suggest hardware components ONLY because they are the popular components, and NOT because they suit the needs of the user.
OP - just get the Corsair H100i. Compatibility, performance, quietness, ease of mind. It's no custom-loop, but it'll keep your temps as low as possible, as quiet as possible, without going full water cooling or modding your case to fit the Kraken x60. It's realistically only a fraction more expensive, but why settle when you have a beast CPU that is known to run really hot.
The only other suggestion is to de-lid your CPU ... which will work if you have the balls to kill your warranty (and risk killing the chip) on a fairly expensive piece of hardware.