70 months ago
"What should I get?"
-Scythe Ninja 3: Great tower cooler. 120mm, supports push/pull and 8 ******* HEATPIPES. Supports every damn socket in existance. ~$49, Amazon.
-Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO: Considered to be the best value heatsink in existence. Well known to get your i5 up to 4.x GHz. Supports push/pull/ ~$35, Newegg.
-Xigmatek Dark Knight: Looks like the GOD DAMN BATMAN. Badass color, supports push/pull. 3 Oversized heatpipes. Supports lots of sockets. ~$50, Newegg.
[IF you can find one]
-Spire Thermax Eclipse II: BEST ******* HEATSINK FOR THE PRICE. Got FrostyTech award of the year. If you can get your ******* paws on this baby, get it.
-Thermaltake Frio: Look at the ******* heatsink, That **** looks classy as ****. It has 5 heatpipes and ****. Does it support push/pull? IT COMES WITH PUSH/PULL FOR FREE MAGGOT. With WHITE FREAKING BLADES. HOT DAMN. ~58, Newegg.
-Prolimatech Megahelms: TOWERS FOR BABIES. THIS THING LOOKS LIKE YOU TIED IRON WEIGHTS TO YOUR SACK AND IT CAUGHT ON FIRE WITH LAZERS. It has 6 heatpipes, and works great passively. If you don't mind a fan, add one or two. ~$70, Newegg.
-NOCTUA NH-D14: This thing is as huge as the original XBox. No ******* around. Uses SSO bearings, whatever the heck that is. 6 heatpipes like a boss. 4 times the size of a Hyper 212 EVO. Noctua makes very quiet fans. Comes in 120mm and 140mm. ~90, Newegg.
"What shouldn't I get?"
-All in one watercooling, eg. Corsair H50/H70: Don't be fooled by "water cooling," these are terrible They have the price of a Cooler Master V10 and are hotter than the D14. The only purpose of buying one of these is to show off your e-pen0r.
-Thermaltake SpinQ: This is almost as large as our Sun. Does not offer great cooling(see 80mm cooling fan) and barely fits in a HAF X.
-Cooler Master V10: The V10 spins heads because it offers a peltier, or TEC cooler. This means: Energy goes in, cold goes out. Peltiers can cool CPU's to -10c, but the V10 is a TERRIBLE pelitier cooler, as it uses 4pin Molex. Normal peltier coolers use a dedicated power supply.
-Zalman CPU Coolers: Zalman offers a few thousand weird-as-**** CPU coolers shaped as a tire. These are retarded as ****. Seriously, don't.
"What to avoid!"
-Expensive water cooling system -Sleeve CPU coolers -MAKE SURE TO CHECK IF YOUR SOCKET IS COMPATIBLE!
FINAL NOTE! You should only buy a CPU cooler if you are overclocking, your CPU doesn't come with a stock one, or you live in the desert and your CPU suffers from heatstrokes.