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Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by MeltingPoint, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. MeltingPoint New Member

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    Hey guys,

    I might get a used 2500K in the near future to upgrade my very old E7500 computer and I need opinions on which cooler to get.

    I am down to three choices: CM Hyper 212 Evo/ Hyper 212X, Silverstone AR01 and Thermalright True Spirit 120M.

    I plan to do only a mild-moderate overclock if I need to because I live in the tropics and temps here can stay at 30C all day.

    I've read reviews of the coolers but I can't come to a decision because the tests weren't direct comparisons.

    So which one would you suggest I get? You could also suggest other coolers for the same price range but I am limited to a max height of 160mm.

    Thanks.
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    Mugen3 :)
    Thermalright makes good stuff.
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    Unfortunately, I can't buy that one. It's not available from where I buy stuff.
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    Silver Arrow?
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    Not availabe either. I'm limited to a max height of 160mm and I would want a single tower cooler. Case is Thermalrake V4. I'm limited in budget so I will reuse this case.

    So guys, which of the three on the first post would you suggest? Or something similarly priced and with similar dimensions.
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    link to where you're shopping?
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    eBay. :)
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    Thanks for your suggestions.

    The reason I said some of those are not available because some sellers don't ship internationally.

    I would like to hear from others as well.
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    Just get the cheapest one of the three you listed. 2500K chips run pretty cool with only a 95W TDP, and with a moderate OC any of the listed ones will perform just fine. If you want to get more discerning, I'd go for whichever is the most quiet. The AR01 is quiet, but the rubber fan brackets look nasty. The Hyper 212X has a redesigned fin shape that is supposed to make it quieter than the older 212s.
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    Yeah the fan of the AR01 looks bad. I think I'll just grab the 212.

    Just a quick question, what uATX boards would you guys suggest I get that can can do mild-moderate OC that are under $100? I have been out of the computing world for a while now and I lost track of the current stuff.
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    Not thinking about artic cooling ?
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    Just get the 212 and be done with it
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    How about an Asrock Z77M? Would this be a good choice?
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    It would be fine, but you have to make sure it has the bios P1.10 or newer, some Z77 boards with the initial bios only supported Ivy Bridge out of the box.
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    tigger I'm the only one

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    I'm using a corsair h55 on my 2500k which is at 4.6ghz 1.3v ish. Just a suggestion.

    I guess it depends on your ambients though, it may not cut it were you are.
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    I've heard those 120mm closed loop coolers are not worth the money except for the H80i. Better stick with an air cooler for my purpose. Besides, ambient temps here hover between 26-30+ deg C.

    Thanks for the help everyone.
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    tigger I'm the only one

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    My h55 is doing a fine job with my 2500k at 4.6ghz, idle is 20-30 and load is max 60c, it is a tad chilly in the UK atm. I wouldn't say not worth the money myself though.
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    With ambient temps hovering around that, cooling will be fairly important if you plan any OC. If money is tight, it might be worth nabbing a stock cooler off eBay (should be inexpensive) for now and then worrying about an OC later once you can pick up a decent tower cooler.

    If temps are really bad, you might have to try undervolting it.
    Crunching for Team TPU
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    It's double the price of the 212. I get my stuff mostly from eBay since local shops do not carry many items.

    From what I've read, the newer 212s can perform par and sometimes even better than 120mm thin rad liquid coolers. So it's a no brainer in my case.
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    I vote for the 212. Very good air cooler for the money, and definately good enough for 2500k with a mild OC.
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    A good, custom built water cooling loop paired up with a very high heat load will typically give you better temperatures than any air cooler.
    AIOs are neither good cooling loops nor would I call a mildly clocked 2500k a high thermal load. All you'd get with an AIO is an empty wallet and a slightly quieter computer (although that didn't stop me). If a CM Hyper 212 is in your budget, I'd say it's a great choice and would likely be on par with any mid-range AIO.
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    My wallet is empty and my PC quiet, but my H55 is doing a grand job on my chip.

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