[SOLVED] i5 9600k Cooling options

Jan 18, 2022
Hi guys,

I have a very hard time choosing a CPU cooler for my setup. I am undecided which cooling method would be the best. Hopefully, someone has the right knowledge about this and could advise me. (Budget: 0-100$, but can extend it to 150$ if its needed). The PC will be used for gaming purposes.

In idle current temps are: 35-40 degrees (Celsius)
Under load temps are: 80-90-100 degrees (Celsius) (Seriously, needs cooling)

My current build:
CPU: i5-9600K @ 3.70GHz
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070
MOBO: prime h310m-k
Case: Deepcool Matrexx 55
Exhaust fans: 1x120mm (back) Noctue NF-P12 redux, 2x140mm (top) Noctue NF-P14s redux.

I was thinking between an AIO 280mm cooler or an air cooler.
1st - with 3 exhaust fans your system is missing air intake.
Install 2 or 3 intake fans at front.
2nd - get rid of top fans.

For cpu air cooler you can go with Bequiet Dark Rock 4 Pro, Cryorig H5 or similar.