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  1.    22 Sep 2015 #1
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    better heatsink


    What would people out there on these forums recommend for a better heatsink/cpu fan for a i7 2600k processor. My temps are sometimes spiking too close to the danger level and it cant be the thermal paste as Ive already checked that and its fine. I cant really afford to spend big bucks on it either so any options would be good. Thanks Matt
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  2.    22 Sep 2015 #2
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    Matt, unless you are doing some heavy overclocking, probably the best one for the money is the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. There are better coolers, but they are more expensive. If you are doing normal stuff and/or only moderate overclocking, the Hyper 212 is hard to beat. Having said that, I don't know what you are using now.
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  3.    23 Sep 2015 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
    Matt, unless you are doing some heavy overclocking, probably the best one for the money is the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. There are better coolers, but they are more expensive. If you are doing normal stuff and/or only moderate overclocking, the Hyper 212 is hard to beat. Having said that, I don't know what you are using now.
    Right now i am just using the stock heatsink that came with my processor which is a intel heatsink. also how do I know for sure the "pegs"(the ones that hold the fan over the heat sink/processor cover) are long enough to reach to the board?
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  4.    23 Sep 2015 #4
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    also I just looked on frys electronics site which has a store not too far from me and it looks like you actually have to put that fan and heat sink together? wth? I really dont want to have to spend time putting a unit together if i can help it. Also as for overclocking; I cant do that in windows 10 because the program/app I used under windows 7 to overclock and control my fans; well that isnt compatible with 10. so i would have to get a new system board in order to do that which i will have to do at some point anyway.
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  5.    23 Sep 2015 #5
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    The stock heatsink is worthless. I have a box full of them that I refuse to use. Most 'enthusiasts' feel the same way. Look at the problems you are having. But, almost any third party heatsink will require some assembly and most will require a backplate that goes on the back of the motherboard. That is typical of any of them. It really isn't difficult, it just looks that way. But, it's something necessary if you want better CPU temps.

    You should never use software to overclock. Learn about it and do the adjustments in BIOS. It is more difficult and time consuming, but you will get a much more stable and better overclock.
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  6.    23 Sep 2015 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Siegel View Post
    also I just looked on frys electronics site which has a store not too far from me and it looks like you actually have to put that fan and heat sink together? wth? I really dont want to have to spend time putting a unit together if i can help it. Also as for overclocking; I cant do that in windows 10 because the program/app I used under windows 7 to overclock and control my fans; well that isnt compatible with 10. so i would have to get a new system board in order to do that which i will have to do at some point anyway.
    You're worrying about the wrong things.

    Mounting the fan (or fans) on the heatsink is the easy part.

    You may need a fairly good heatsink, because the I7-2600k is rated at 95W. (Could be worse, like 130W.)

    You start by finding a heatsink that is compatible with your CPU socket type (LGA 1155).

    For tower type heatsinks, the unit must be short enough to fit in your case. That may be an issue if you're using the 220 mm diameter side fan in the InWin Dragon Rider case. You can buy a low profile heatsink, but you'd probably be giving up some performance.

    The bottom of the heatsink fins/fan must be high enough to clear the heat spreaders on your RAM, if the layout of the motherboard causes the heatsink to lie over the RAM. (The DIMM slots are usually right next to the CPU socket.)

    As Steve recommended, the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo is supposed to be a good heatsink/fan for the money. I hope that it's not too tall for your case.

    As Steve also pointed out, many good heatsinks require a backplate. Your InWin case has a cutout in its motherboard tray that should allow you to install the backplate without removing the motherboard from the case. (It's still easier with the MB out of the case.)

    I hope that you find something that you like. I'm on my first all-in-one water cooler (Corsair H100i) on my primary system. Minimizes the clutter around the CPU socket, and doesn't cantilever a large mass off the motherboard, but it costs over $100US.
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  7.    23 Sep 2015 #7
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    Well; I may very well take a look at the cooler master one. However before I spend any money on that part; I must get a new backup device as my current one bit the dust sad to say(yes i realize this is a whole other story but figured i would at least mention it).
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  8.    23 Sep 2015 #8
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    BTW, if you get an ait type CPU cooler, make sure, as bobkn said, the height will fit in your case, but also make sure you have clearance for your ram. The AIO water coolers, neither of those issues are a problem.
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  9.    23 Sep 2015 #9
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    Well; yea I will. from the looks of it though i dont believe space should be a issue as far as putting in a different fan and heat sink such as that cooler master as it looks like my case has plenty of room in it for it. Its simple though; if i decide to buy it at frys; which is really the only game in town when it comes to the selection etc of computer parts needed around here; and if it doesnt fit properly; then I can always return it and find one that does as they have a 30 day return policy on items such as those. I will just have to measure the dimensions of the intel fan and heat sink and go from there.
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  10.    23 Sep 2015 #10
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    I used to own that case. If you put the cooler Master Heatsink in, you will have to remove the side 200mm fan. It can be replaced with up to 6 120mm fans. So, removing it and using a couple of 120mm fans will work just as well.
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