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    Which heatsink would you recommend for i5 3570k?

    Hey guys.

    Thread title says it all. Which do you recommend?

    I'm leaning away from liquid cooling systems so please only recommend air cooling.

    I'm looking for something under $100 preferably as cheap as I can go. I probably wont OC and even if I do it'll only be for a little. What's the best bang-for-the-buck you can recommend?

    What specifications should I be looking for when searching for a fan?
    What do you guys think of the Noctua-DH14? Or the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO?

    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Googles View Post
    I probably wont OC and even if I do it'll only be for a little. What's the best bang-for-the-buck you can recommend?
    Hyper 212 Evo then. Noctua does provide better cooling results but for nearly 3x the cost of the Evo. I believe it lets you OC a little higher than an Evo would but you don't plan to OC much (I'm guessing to 4.0-4.2)

    Hyper 212 Evo is the best bang for your buck aftermarket air cooler. You won't go wrong with it.

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    On the lower end of the budget the Xigmatek GAIA $30 is excellent ~4.2GHz won't be a problem beyond that I would recommend any of these (there are quite a few decent ones besides those though):

    Noctua NH-C14 $73
    Noctua NH-D14 $81

    Phanteks PH-TC14PE $85 little more expensive but I like the color options (white, blue, red etc.) and it performs really well.

    Thermalright Silver Arrow $70
    NZXT HAVIK 140 $75

    Middle of the road options:

    Noctua NH-U12P SE2 $60
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    NZXT has the Respire line as well, I wonder how it stacks up.
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    Get the 212 evo, It's not fine.. It's amazing...

    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/artic...-Review/1410/6
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    I've used Xigmatek as a cheap but effective cooler in a few builds.

    Check out the Loki or Gaia model. Both under $30.

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    I picked up the Corsair H55 for my i5. I have had the cooler for about 2 weeks now and absolutely love it. I got rid of my 212 due to my heat sinks (on my memory) being in the way of the fan, of course I could have modded and worked around this issue, but did not want to. I recommend the H55 from corsair, easy install, quite and effective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toffie View Post
    Get the 212 evo, It's not fine.. It's amazing...

    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/artic...-Review/1410/6
    It is far from amazing once you put an overclocked CPU with it.
    http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages...review,13.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Notarget View Post
    This heatsink right here is simply amazing what it can do. I have two of them in two different machines, I was able to get a 2500k up to 4.8GHz (was running 1.31v) stable with a Prime95 Torture test maxing out at 69C on hotest core.

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    Thermaltake Frio

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    Rocking on a Noctua NH-D14 ....yes it is a big hefty clump but my god it cools well and is very very quiet too
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    Question: If the OP isn't going to OC then why would he need anything other than the regular heatsink/fan that comes with the processor?

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    If your not going to oc your proc then I would just stick to the stock cooler, and put that money into a serious case for cooling like the antec 900 series. Your box will get hot b/c of your v.card which will cook everything regardless of the baller cooler you have on your proc if your box can't breath. If you've got a good case then you've done all you need to do and kudos!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RicardoZ View Post
    Question: If the OP isn't going to OC then why would he need anything other than the regular heatsink/fan that comes with the processor?
    He doesn't, and I tried mentioning that even a light OC won't necessarily mean he needs an aftermarket cooler in my earlier reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeltrusDisc View Post
    He doesn't, and I tried mentioning that even a light OC won't necessarily mean he needs an aftermarket cooler in my earlier reply.
    What?! I can't read what you are typing. My NH-D14 is blocking the view.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeltrusDisc View Post
    He doesn't, and I tried mentioning that even a light OC won't necessarily mean he needs an aftermarket cooler in my earlier reply.
    Couldn't you just technically use some better thermal paste and give it a 10% or so job? I'm honestly asking, I really have no idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by n0cturnal View Post
    What?! I can't read what you are typing. My NH-D14 is blocking the view.
    hahahaa oh, stop it you.

    Quote Originally Posted by RicardoZ View Post
    Couldn't you just technically use some better thermal paste and give it a 10% or so job? I'm honestly asking, I really have no idea.
    Maybe even 20%... makes me wonder just how much of a difference it would actually make.

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    Bow before the almighty Zalman.

    Older unit, but it's compatible with the 1155 socket and cools very well. Also pretty inexpensive at $52.

    I personally have this on my old e6850 and it idles at ambient and won't go above 40C.

    And you just can't compete with the looks.

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