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The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo gets lots of love for $32.
I only listed the ones I've used myself.
The all in one coolers require no service and run in a closed loop.
No problem. :-)
I wouldn't change the CPU, its possibly fine. CPUs can handle a fair bit of abuse. And trying to buy another 4790k is imho a waste of money.
What I would do is run some sort of stress test (AIDA64 or OCCT are my preferences) and check the CPU temps while it runs. First you need to confirm that the cpu is the problem. It does sound like maybe your cpu fan is defective.
So after testing youll possibly see your cpu temps getting super hot (90+ degrees C). I'd buy a quality cooler like this: [link]
Now best case scenario your temps drop a tonne and your cpu runs perfectly.
Worst case scenario your cpu is still running hot because its been permanently damaged. But at least the cpu fan is still usable in your next build. So no $ wasted.
Your choice. I always don't because I'm afraid I'll break something.
If you are not going to over clock get this to save money and get nicer parts.
What is that led controller?
Is there anything I should look for in particular when replacing the CPU cooling fan (also, I'm pretty sure this has an actual name but it's not coming to me)? I have an i5 that I purchased like 7-8 years ago and just used the stock fan which has now cracked.
If I just purchase something like the most popular on Amazon, is it likely to be an adequate replacement? I don't do anything particularly CPU intensive with just the occasional gaming or photo/video editing.
If I were to go with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO would that just be completely redundant? I just want everything to stay cool at all times, hence the Corsair 500R Case. Thank you for your input!
EWWWWW stock cooler is a no no!
get this [link]
^one of the best air coolers on the market for price vs performance. there are better coolers but they are only slightly better and they are wayyyy more expensive. even if you don't plan to overclock get this. immediately
otherwise, nicely done!
If you find your computer making a lot of noise then that might be the stock AMD processor cooler.
Getting something like this would do the trick.
Welcome to the master race.
I would recommend that heatsink only because i have used it before so i know the quality the one you liked though looks good and has good specs but ive never used also zalmans are nice but idont no how much room you have in your case
I have a run of the mill Intel CPU stock heatsink/fan. I'm having sound issues with my computer, so I'm considering changing all the fans, including the one on the heatsink.
How feasible is this? Are standard fans compatible with that heatsink or does it use a special fan?
I don't do any overclocking so sound really is the only issue.
Do you think it would be legitimate or worth it to just buy a whole new heatsink, like say the Evo 212 and change the fan on it?
I'd like to hear you guys' thoughts on this before I make the plunge.
EDIT: I have the stock cooler that came with the i7 - 4790k
The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO has been the king of CPU Coolers for some time now. It's cool, quiet and cheap for what you get.
Its possible you aren't properly cleaning off the old paste, improper paste technique, or your heatsink/fan is not working properly.
What was the procedure you followed to change the paste? have you thought about buying an aftermarket heatsink?
I highly doubt a BIOS update will change anything until you get your hardware in order first.
No, this is after an intense benchmark of Sniper Elite 3.
The cooler is a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. It runs a bit lower, as this was also after the benchmark
Yes it's okay to overclock but the stock cooler doesn't have enough cooling power to handle the extra heat that the overclocked processor will produce. Something like a Hyper 212 EVO is a great low cost solution for overclocking if you have the physical space.
If you feel fine about spending 1300 dollars, I guess its fine, but I just feel like you could save yourself a lot more money without missing major performance. 16 gb seems like a lot to start out, your mobo has 4 slots so I would start with two paired 4gb and if its really necessary get another pair of 4gb. I doubt you'll ever need the 32gb it fully supports, just my opinion, I like paring my sticks vs buying them individually, and I don't mind having many. I have the same power supply, its great, good deal. If you keep your eyes open on newegg and amazon you can get a dvd drive dirt cheap, I got mine for 9 dollars and free shipping. Same with case, 100 bucks isn't too expensive, but if you really wanna trim fat thats a place, with a mail in rebate I got mine for 30 dollars and it has more than everything I need. That's a crazy CPU cooler, 90 bucks, idk, if you have a 200 dollar CPU I can kinda justify the cost. [link] This one is less than half that. Also, 60 dollars for a mouse seems pretty ridiculous in my book, but if its the quality you want and you have the cash, by all means go ahead. My mouse was 30 and it has LEDs and thumb buttons and preset sensitivity buttons and all that. Everything looks good though, cheers!
I have a PNY GTX 980 and had a PNY GTX 680, they have been very reliable cards for me. (Total of 3 PNY cards, can't remember the last one.) Your case sounds fine, what size are the fans? How much CFM are they pushing? Only way to bring down your CPU temperature is to get a better fan. If you're using the stock one I would recommend something like a [link] I have a cooler master very similar to this one. It's been wonderful.
Would also recommend the hyper 212 evo. You can get one for about $30 here. These are some of the most popular air coolers. You can also swap out the fans to make them whisper quiet.
Overclocking (imo) isn't worth it, as you lose your warranty on whatever you're doing it on, shorten it's lifespan, and increase temperatures, all for a usually mild 2-5% FPS boost. If you wish to overclock anyways, definitely purchase a third-party CPU cooler, such as a Hyper 212 EVO.
Wouldn't worry about it, but I would recommend investing in a cheap air cooler such as the Hyper 212 evo. Recently purchased one for my fx8350 and doesn't go over 45C while stress testing. I didn't overclock it however.
CPU temps a bit high, I suggest a Hyper 212 EVO as a CPU cooler.
Other than that, a GPU upgrade maybe? That can get expensive though, and I'm running 660ti fine on mine so xD
Wow, that cooler is a real blast from the past. It was a groundbreaking design back in 2006 and is still probably pretty decent.
However, if you have the room for it, I would go with the similarly priced Hyper 212 EVO:
You don't have to, but as a rule I like to get at least a Hyper 212 EVO to keep the CPU cool. It's not too expensive and it's a very well-regarded aftermarket air cooler. Those stock coolers can get really loud and don't do a very good job of cooling.
Your processor is okay for gaming, but it is designed for overclocking and that chip will have large gains (from what I've heard) when overclocked. Something to think about... You'd need an aftermarket cooler to do that. CM 212 Evo would do the trick. [link]
My brother has bought some Arctic Thermal Paste, so I shall try applying that. I just read that AMD Stock Coolers are loud and hot as hell. Should I purchase something like this? [link]
Probably this one:
Hyper 212 Evo
I just installed this one in my rig yesterday. I've never bothered overclocking, but my stock cooler was getting incredibly loud even after cleaning. I installed this and now my machine is whisper quiet. I would recommend it. CoolerMaster has some cheaper ones too, but this model is a pretty well regarded air cooler.
Edit: Since you said you are looking for a low profile cooler, you should know that this cooler is pretty big. You'll need to make sure it can fit in your case.
I would like to add that if reapplying the thermal paste or heatsink doesn't work the CM Hyper 212 EVO is one of the best heatsinks available for only about $30. I run my 4770 at 45C and below while gaming and under 55C while rendering (most of the time).
Almost every build benefits from a cooling fan, and a pretty popular choice is the Hyper 212 EVO.
It might have some effect, but even then the difference between them would be pretty minimal.
Its really not hard,when i didnt know how to overclock, i searched on forums and i read through it. after just 30Minutes i knew how to overclock, at the first moment i was scared to overclock my CPU, because i thought i'd break the CPU or damage it,which is surely not the case. If you plan to Overclock, get a K edition, paired with [this],([link])
Now if you are going over the budget, consider getting the i5 K edition, for rendering and such a i7 ideal. its pretty much up to you. i7 won't make any difference in gaming in such, pretty minimal.
personally i'd go with a power source in the 750-850w range if you are going to go with high end stuff like the 6600k and gtx 980ti. I'm not familiar with that Ram type, i'm assuming it's DDR4? Go with DDR4.
The i5 you listed is very good, no need to worry about that. For a cooler, this one should fit your case, [link]
I am upgrading my CPU fan. I have a fan that a screw clip system. I want to get this fan: [link]
Which uses just screws. Will it work with the same holes? I use a 680i LT SLI motherboard by Nvidia.
I'd need to know the case because good CPU coolers are tall and on smaller cases won't fit due to their size.
Otherwise I'd recommend the Hyper Evo 212, which is the best budget cooler for a good price.
For fan options I'd need to know the case as it'll let me determine whether or not you need a new case and what fans of what sizes can be mounted inside.
I'm not sure if I misread or skipped over the temperatures originally, but 45 idle and 80 load is just a bit on the high sid of regular, especially if you're using a stock heatsink. You may want to look into an aftermarket heatsink such as the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo. You can also look in your BIOS for something along the lines of "Emergency Shutdown Temperature" or "Safety Shutdown Temperature" and raise it higher (the standard is 100c, your mobo may just be set low).
I had planned on grabbing one of these. It's not high end by any means, but if I'm only planning to do modest overclocking, that should do the trick if I don't feel like going with water cooling and I have good case ventilation and airflow, right?
Of course i will. It was only $31 USD. I did a lot of research before I got it and I hope it will make due until I get the water cooling system set up. Any advice for me on that endeavor? E: look here
You definitely should buy an aftermarket cooler,
I use the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO.
Your temperatures aren't horrible, but they aren't good either. Try to clean out your computer and do a bit of wire management if you can to keep it open and let air flow through it more easily.
Considering you have a 4690 I don't see the need for liquid cooling as overclocking isn't an option. Instead I would probably invest in an air coolder such as THIS.
I recently fixed a very similar problem with my own machine. It was making all my games slower than they used to be but the difference was far more apparent on 7dtd than any other I tried. Most everything else I own still played just seemed like it wasn't up to the level it used to be. Turned out to be my cpu overheating and this computer being my first with a modern enough processor that it underclocks itself to avoid overheating I didn't think of that until someone asked to see a system spec report and I noticed I was idling around 70c. Once I found out this was the problem I tried cleaning the cpu heatsink/fan and it barely made a difference. Since I also happened to be out of thermal compound at the moment I just ordered a better cpu cooler at the same time. Now it's back to being butter smooth all the time and my temps even under full load never go over 40c.
The cooler I got and highly recommend if you're on a budget and not trying some super high overclock is this one. It will come with it's own tube of thermal compound in the box so no need to buy a separate tube. This will not only keep your cpu nice and cool no matter how hard you work it, but because of how it's designed the heatsink is placed in a much easier to clean position for later when it will (just like all heatsink/fan combos will) eventually get too dirty to cool and need to be cleaned.
My stock cooler is not cutting it for my I5-4570. Is the cooler master Hyper 212 EVO a decent choice? I like some cpu intensive games like Cities Skylines, and ESO. Stock cooler has been letting me get into the high 80's frequently. Also what is most suggested for thermal liquid/paste these days?
The Motherboard and Power supply should work fine together.
I actually have that motherboard in my rig right now, I think its a great Motherboard.
Stick with the I7-4790k.
You're also gonna need a heatsink, I recommend This One
I use that heatsink with my 4790k, and it keeps it at about ~50c-60c while playing modern games.
Also, the GTX 980 should be able to handle new games fine at high settings.
i actually stick to Amazon and newegg (and maybe NCIX, I ordered two things there and while they were ok they double charged me for my GPU putting my account several hundred in the negative) because so many other stores want to charge 10+ dollars on shipping and still take over a week to deliver it, at that point i'd rather just eat the 15-20 dollars im "saving." But always check out /r/buildapcsales before actually buying anything, you'll usually find at least 1 or 2 things you can save money on if you're doing a complete build.
oddly enough check staples for any parts you find on the cheap, they'll price match if you contact them via phone or online chat support, and they offer 2 (or 3 i cant remember) shipping. on my first build I had them price match an i3-4130 that was an in store only deal at microcenter and I got it for ~90 bucks, saving me 30 or 40 bucks.
Besides that your build looks fine, the only issue I see is the CPU cooler, you chose the 212 plus, which is still a good cooler, but the slightly newer (and very slightly better) 212 evo is like 3 bucks cheaper, and qualifies for free prime shipping (and if you don't have a prime account you should really sign up for the free 1 month trial before you order anything, 2 day free shipping is a godsend) not a huge deal but no reason to spend money you don't need to.
Mobo is just an easier way to alliterate a motherboard which is what I linked. If you budget can afford a CPU Cooler, it never hurts to include only if your budget allows. This is what I have attached to my CPU. Kinda a bitch to attach, but helps! And you don't need one, but it's a cool spec.
I have a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo.
Edit: hahaha. Didn't notice my cooler was the exact one you recommended until a second ago. Good choice :p
I am going to keep an eye on my temps with afterburner the next time this happens though. Since it's been happening in the middle of the night after I have just fallen asleep I haven't went to the other room to check when it happens besides making sure nothing weird was going on with the PC.
I've had good results with the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. You'd save about $15 and probably get about the same performance.
When you say 212 are you referring to this? Looks pretty great. It seems to be around the same price but much less bulky which was a bit of a worry for me with the zalman. Thanks for the recommendation.
You NEED a better cpu cooler, heres a good budget one that will fit your build perfectly and provide you with low temps, also take a look at the cryorig h7 but i dont know if they ship to canada or not.
Yeah, I meant an aftermarket one. That looks like the stock one. Usually the heatsink is much bigger in an aftermarket solution.
This one is really popular and it's what I used to overclock my Phenom II:
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) [link]
My first thoughts are:
If you have done these things, either way, I'd recommend trying to reapply the paste and make sure you are using the right amount. If you get the same results again, then I'd recommend getting an aftermarket cooler. There is a very good chance that the cooler is the problem. Many people use the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO because of the awesome price/performance you can get with it. This would be the best next step to solving your issues. Just make sure your case has enough room for it first.
Overclock that beast, grab a $30 aftermarket cooler and most 920's get to 4.0 Ghz. Mine maxs out at 4.2. Hell even 3.6 Ghz will breathe new life into it. Plus its fun to over clock! Let me know if you need any guides or resources on t!
Perhaps look into getting a aftermarket CPU heatsink, that would help with your temps. On second thought, you might not be able to fit one of those monsters in this case though. I'd say look into a bigger case (with more fans) and a new CPU heatsink (like this!)
92's bad, you should consider replacing your CPU heatsink or at least re-applying thermal paste.
Consider the Hyper 212 evo, it's cheap and it works well.
So the fan that I saw recommended is this should I get it just to be safe? I didn't really think I needed it but maybe if I do some more resource intensive gaming and work it might start to warm up?
I got the same CPU and had pretty high temps (like you) with the stock fan.
Spend $30 on this Hyper 212 EVO and $5 on some Arctic Silver 5 paste and you'll be GTG
No idea about the bracket compatibility, check google? For $40 you can probably get one that tells you it is like this seems like the product not being updated to tell you it is suitable for your CPU is a sign it's old and the company doesn't care too much.
Ok. Cool, to be clear this is the CPUC you're talking about?
As for the GPU, that sounds sensible, GPUs hold their value well?
Alright thanks. I thought I would have to upgrade the PSU and already had that factored into my budget. If I didn't care so much about streaming and I would rather be able to game then stream later, is an AMD A10 processor fast enough for the R9 380x? Is that a dumb question?
I have a couple more quick questions:
I already have a 103w power supply in it but I've heard not to cheap out on those. If the 103 w isn't enough, would this fan be sufficient for the R9 380x?: [link]
Also, do I need to worry about whether the case I have will fit the power supply and graphics card?
Sorry for all the probably stupid questions I'm asking but I really appreciate the help.
Are you using the stock cooler? if so that's normal.
Currently with about 5 reddit tabs open with a 4690k and R9 390 using a Hyper 212 cooler I am at 41 degrees. Hit about 70 under load in games.
Your current temps are more than fine whilst on idle, and to be expected whilst under heavy load. If you want to fix that, pickup a Hyper 212 for $30. You won't regret it.
212 EVO is actuially more than enough for most builds and is 30 bucks or less and great performance to price ratio, Noctua you want is little better but not twice the price for 10 celsius cooler
Edit: sorry didn't notice you asked bout water , maybe see some comparisons on self contained water ones like corsair ones, they are bit better then noctua and can be found for the price on sale
It does it automatically, as long as you have a modern motherboard. That said, unless you enjoy loud fans, get an aftermarket fan because the one that the Fx6300 ships with is completely useless and unbelievably loud. You might wait until you boot yours up to decide though.
I snagged this and my PC is dead silent: [link]
Might be a little overkill, I'll admit.
Good point, didn't catch that one. Thanks for the quick reply, in your opinion, would something like the 212 EVO be powerful enough to cool my i7 5820k?
A passive cooler wont be enough to keep it from thermal throttling/hitting the safety shutdown temp. That is the style cooler to look at just with a fan or two on it. Hell even a hyper 212 evo would be a decent choice for stock/moderate overclock but keep in mind it has significantly less surface area than the NH-D15 so the fan will spin at higher RPM thus creating more noise.
GTA V seems to have a well known problem with FRD even on the lowest settings on a high end pc. HOWEVER, since your CPU is maxing out, I would make sure to change the stock cooler. The one I have linked is the most popular heatsink out there as far as air cooling goes.
What he said. The idle temps are pretty high indeed. Also you could consider an aftermarket cooler. Is your ambient temperature high as well? (is it hot in your room?)
Thanks! I bought a Coolmaster hyper 212 I'm going to see how it all runs before i decide if I'm keeping it or going with a water cooler.
Forgot to mention but I also have a CD drive. Do I need watercooling? Would it be possible to save on the cooler with [link] and spend the saved money for a better motherboard for better future-proofing? I'm terrible at knowing what things would fit/be compatible.
Is it a K model? If it is you should be able to OC it and it would be worth spending 30 bucks on a cheap cooler like the Evo 212 and OCing a little. I googled for like a minute but people are reporting an OC to 4.5ghz with this cooler.
Thats about the same OC I got on my 8320 and I cant help but think youll see a massive performance increase in CSGO.
I'm not sure that heatsink will support LGA 2011, and I also don't know much about that particular one. I know one you can never go wrong with is the 212 Evo which is both inexpensive and a great performer. Also supports like every socket available.
Edit: Also would be happy to look over the components when youre ready
Might be time to upgrade the heatsync.
My CPU hit 85-90C while running ARK prior. Now runs between 30-35C. An obvious, but important note, make sure all your fans are pushing air the same direction.
Edit: Pretty inexpensive upgrade ($30). Cooler Master. Large unit, almost did not fit in my case. Not a difficult installation either, I just watched a couple YouTube videos.
Is your CPU running at 103C? If so you need an aftermarket CPU cooler ASAP. 80C is the rule of thumb temp to not go past.
That is what I have and my Sandy Bridge ran cool at 4.5 GHz.
Are you using the stock Intel cooler? If so, 4GHz is probably fine. You probably won't even have to touch the core voltage to do that.
Anything higher you will want a decent cooler such as this [link]
The aftermarket heatsink you purchased with that CPU should have thermal paste pre-applied. If you didn't get a separate cooler you'll need something like this because the K chips don't include a cooler.
I used to have problems with my CPU temperatures reaching 85 - 90C while gaming. I invested a good $30 into buying a CPU cooler (212 EVO) and never seemed to have issues as they were ~35 - 40 idle while gaming.
It is also $30 on amazon at the moment.
The stock cooler isnt great but you should deffintly be getting better temps than 98 degrees. That is a pretty unsafe temp to leave your CPU at. You can always just upgrade to something like the Hyper 212 evo for $30. It will be MUCH better than the stock cooler.
Unless you are wanting to do some extreme overclocking air cooling is better. It will be cheaper and will have no risk of leaking or anything like that. The Hyper 212 Evo for example is $30 and will cool your CPU well enough for a mild overclock.
You should really invest in one of these heatsinks. It will take care of that heat issue no problem. You really dont want your CPU much over 70 for long periods.
True he would be fine, however, something like the hyper 212 for $30 is much better and about 3x quieter. [link]
Unless you are overclocking just leave the fan curve alone. Also for $30 you can get a Hyper 212 Evo which will be astoundingly better and quieter than the stock heatsink.
If you want an after market cooler this one is great it will do a much better job and be a lot quieter. You don't need to get it, what you have is likely fine, but it is an option.
500 watts would be my bare minimum for a 1070, you'd have a lot better system longevity with an EVGA 650 watt.
You can shave some money on that CPU cooler though.
$70 on a CPU cooler is a bit much for an i5 in my opinion.
Things can't go wrong since your CPU is unlocked. But you need an aftermarket cooler first. This would fit your CPU just fine, [link]
Also, I think the heatsink that came with your processor should be fine, but i'd personally go for an aftermarket to OC.
Wowee, he downloaded realtemp, and when he started The Witcher his cpu temp spiked near 100°C , which as far as i know isn't really an acceptable temp. Right now he's just using the cpu cooler that came with the i5, would you recommend that he goes ahead and nabs one like this one?
The only thing really is the stock intel cooler can get noisy under load. If this isn't an issue for you, then you should be fine.
I got myself a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo for my Core i7 4790k. It's fairly cheap, and works pretty well. At idle my CPU can be between 25-30C. However during this past summer I tend to idle around 32-35C because the ambient temps have been higher. Under load the highest i've seen it go is 68-70C.
I wouldnt think this is software related. I agree with the other poster, without opening up the loop its imposible to tell what is going on. You could try replacing the thermal paste and making sure that the cooler is secured properly, beyond that theres not much you can do. Your best bet would be replace the cooler. The Hyper 212 Evo gets great reviews and its inexpensive.
Lol I figured it was an issue with th heatsink. This is an excellent cooler that will fit that occasionally goes on sale for 20$ [link]
If you can spend 50-75 you can usually get a deal on a 240mm aio water cooler. Just needs to fit an lga 1150 socket. Watch /r/buildapcsales for awesome deals. But the 212 will do fine if your not overclocking
I don't know why your pc is bugging out but here is a good and often recommended air cooler that is only 30 usd.
It should be able to cool about the same or more than the stock cooler, but the main reason of noise is because the fan is so small so you won't see much of an improvement with that one.
The most popular aftermarket cooler is the Hyper 212 Evo which you can get for about 32 EUR, or if you can't afford that there are some smaller versions that you can see on the amazon page: [link]
Yeah. Maybe I'm not understanding the difference between the two, but it looks like this is the same cpu cooler for much cheaper.
EDIT: Even if it is different, it'll still get the job done and be much quieter than stock. It looks like it is smaller, I think.
Well, you didn't give us a price. And I don't know..that MSI or the ASUS Z170 are pretty nicely priced. Like I said with the MSI Gaming series motherboards, you just press the OC genie and it'll do everything for you. An aftermarket shouldn't cost you more than 20-30 dollars.
Depending on what you do, you could even just opt for a i5 versus the i7 and that should shave about $100 off the CPU price.
The ever so popular Hyper 212 EVO: [link]
a heatsink and fan. the unlocked intels(K) do not come with one. so you will need to buy your own or else your CPU will fry example
A bit of a noob here.. my cooling requirements are based off how much I OC? How do I know if the cooling will be sufficient for my CPU?
Something like this Cooler Master would be sufficient?
Buying a decent cooler it's WAY more cheaper, but buying a new processor would give you a bigger boost in performance ;) You can get a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO , it's 30$ and it's one of the best coolers out there ;)
You should check the prices at launch though, some of the better coolers are quite inexpensive.
I don't OC, but my wife's FX 6300 would overheat playing some games (stock settings), so I bought a new cooler for ~$35 that significantly cut core temps and also had a quieter fan (much larger than stock) and moved so much air I actually took another fan out of the case.
If the spread between OEM and retail versions of the same chip is fairly close to a quality aftermarket cooler, I recommend getting the aftermarket cooler even if you're not planning to OC. My computer is still on a stock cooler (Phenom II x4) and it's fairly loud, but I haven't had a crash so I haven't bothered upgrading. I'll likely buy the OEM chip with a better aftermarket cooler OOTB this time around though.
I have a 2500k @ 4.4ghz going for years now with an older version of this: [link]
I'm not one to give advice on overclocking, but I just increased the multiplier in my bios. You could check to see what motherboard you have and do a google search of that + 2600k. You'll probably find youtube videos showing you exactly what to do.
stock cpu cooler might be able to handle a modest overclock but if you had the extra cash and wanted to be positive the cpu would stay cool then id say scoop a 212 evo as well
Forgot to mention my cooler is a 212 evo, will it be sufficient for the new cpu? Also, what cpu/mobo am I aiming for? (apologies if this leans too much towards spoonfeeding)
ooo... Are you oc'ing? I wouldn't suggest spending the extra on a liquid cooler especially with that cpu... unless you plan on oc'ing. My cpu runs at low temps on a 30 dollar coller master ([link]) and it only costs ~$34
I would suggest liquid, however if you'd rather not use liquid, I would reccomend the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo. It is a very good and reliable heatsink that is decently priced.
nope, as long as you have decent airflow in your case you'll be good to moderately oc your stuff. your gpu shoud have no problems. cpu on the other hand if you have a stock cooler may need a cooler upgrade to do well but those can be got cheap. [link]
Just use HWMonitor (dl and install it) to monitor your temps and you'll be fine. For cpu overclocking if you aren't comfortable using the bios you can download intel XTU and do it from inside windows.
If you want to get the max oc on your cpu you might want some kind of cooler like the H100i but that's not necessary.
Probably the worst thing to install without access to a youtube instructional video.... It took me about 35 minutes to get the stand square and fastened properly, but totally worth it. I forget if there thermal paste came from the cooler or the processor itself, but somehow made a mess with that too in the beginning....
Probably your CPU. Have you considered replacing the cooler? The CPU cooler for the AMD FX series CPUs is not very good. It generates a lot of noise and doesn't cool the CPU very well. I suggest something like the this:[link]
Also make sure you have proper airflow through your case. You said you have one fan, but you may want to put a few more in. Make sure the case is pulling air in through the front and pushing it out the top and back.
I ran my 2500k at 4.2, but the temp gets up to 85-89C which is a little higher than I'm comfortable with, so that is why I am currently running it at 4.1. At 4.4 my system becomes unstable. I'm also just using the stock heat sink so I'm sure that is holding back my OC efforts. What heat sink are you using with your 2500k, and how much of a difference did it make going from 4.2 to 4.5? Thinking about upgrading to this heat sink [link], but I'm also think I might just upgrade my CPU, mobo, and ram in the next 6-12 months so it might not worth it to bother buying and install a new heat sink on my 2500k if a boost of 0.3 or 0.4 GHz isn't going to make much of a difference.
Motherboard reports 30C almost constantly, CPU idles around 30-40C.
Also, I found a CPU cooler that is similar to what I'm using: link.