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Best air cooler for graphics heavy over-clocked i5-2500K?

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Money not an issue. I want the best air cooler for an i5-2500K over-clocked at 5gz with Crossfire/SLI HD 6970s/GTX 570s/GTX 580s (unsure as of yet.).

I was looking at water-cooling but I've since been told that isn't needed with an i5-2500K so now I'm looking at air-cooling.

What's the best I can get to keep my system cool and give it a long life?
post #2 of 21
Currently, I'm running the Noctua NH-D14 air cooler, and have noticed a phenomenal drop in temperatures. Load temperatures @ 3.45ghz used to be around 62c, now I'm looking at 41c.

Highly recommend, but due to the large size of the heatsink, be sure to MEASURE whether or not you have adequate clearance, for both the case, and motherboard. Has been known to cover RAM slots.
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ThermalTake Silver Arrow or Corsair Hydro-70!
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Originally Posted by BradleyW View Post
ThermalTake Silver Arrow or Corsair Hydro-70!
This. In most of the reviews I had seen the silver arrow beats the noctua or is at least the same and looks a bit better at least.

I went with the h70 though since the SA wasn't for sale in Canada at the time.
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Originally Posted by [nK]Sharp View Post
This. In most of the reviews I had seen the silver arrow beats the noctua or is at least the same and looks a bit better at least.

I went with the h70 though since the SA wasn't for sale in Canada at the time.
Corsair have three versions of it at Newegg: the H50, H60, and the H70. Which one is the best?
post #6 of 21
Noctua c-14 or H70 would be my pick just depends on if you want to go air or small water.
post #7 of 21
Go for the silver arrow.
post #8 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Deverica Wolf View Post
Corsair have three versions of it at Newegg: the H50, H60, and the H70. Which one is the best?
H70. It performs similarly to the DH14 and doesn't weigh a ton.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Deverica Wolf View Post
Which one is the best?
from those 3, H70.

But I believe the Silver Arrow performs slightly better than it...
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