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Good liquid / air cooler for overclocking on an i5 4690k?

Hello,

I was thinking about upgrading to an i5 4690k since my AMD FX-6200 is bottlenecking the crap out of my AMD Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X OC Graphics Card. I later found out that my motherboard, the ASROCK 970 Extreme3, is only compatible with AMD CPUs, so I was told to get a Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI motherboard. I'm not sure whether or not I should overclock my i5, but I'm only using this processor mainly for gaming. I plan to run games at 1080p on Ultra graphics.

If I run the i5 4690k on stock with the Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X Factory OC card, will it bottleneck and would my GPU be running at its max capacity compared to the AMD FX-6200 CPU?

I'm still debating on which cooler I should get: Liquid or Air? My budget is $60-80. I personally do not care what my PC sounds like, but I don't want it to sound incredibly loud. My case is the Phanteks Enthoo Pro full tower.

Thank you!
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    Air will do fine. I got to 4.7Ghz on my 4690K with a RAIJINTEK Pallas.

    Overclocking is of very limited value in gaming. Wait until you know you need it.

    The 4690K can drive SLI GTX 970s. However, there are a few poorly ported games that use one or two cores only, that are CPU limited on any CPU at high FPS and effects. Otherwise, you can expect to drive that GPU well.

    Gigabyte makes good boards, but if you later consider overclocking and/or SLI on a budget, I would recommend the ASRock Z97M OC Formula motherboard I use. It's good, cheaper, and has decent power phases for overclocking.

    Here's a build log for the system it is used in at school. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2626627/build-log-middle-school-science-fair-project-system.html
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