Ryzen 3 1200 Overclocking cooler choice

I want to overclock a ryzen 3 1200
I have heard the stock cooler is enough to overclock to 3.8 ish, but is this true or do i need a better cooler. (i know in an ideal case i would get a better cooler and be done but i am on a really tight budget)
i would like to get 4.0/3.9 ghz if i could so if i wanted these speeds what cooler would you recomend?
Air coolers only please
Reply to The Abacus
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  1. I'm curious why you said air coolers only? I've had a lot of success with liquid coolers. I know there is a 'risk' of leaking and such, but I have never encountered that.

    Now, to address your original question, if you are able to get 3.8 with the standard cooler and you are on a budget, an additional 100 or even 200 mghz is not going to make a difference in your life. If I were on a budget and wanted to make a real difference with a Ryzen system, I would look less at the Ocing and more towards memory speed and GPU quality... I don't have a Ryzen system myself, but a lot of people seem to be getting some good performance with 3200 speed ram... Also, a solid GPU is a given... I'd put my money there...

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  2. OK thankyou
    I just didnt want to deal with a chance of leaking, even if slight.
    yeah i heard the high speed ram works wonders but it is expensive and i worry about compatibility with the motherboard i have found. i have found corsair vengeance 2400 in my range and was going to maybe overclock.
    Reply to The Abacus
  3. I'm in a similar situation - I'm about to build a rig with an R3 1200.

    The big question: will it get to 3.8/9 or even 4.0 on stock cooling...?

    Well, apparently it should, yes!
    (There are a few examples. Here's one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIXcJv5sXrU)

    Totally agree with what adamscurr says, by the way - it's really important to apply your cash intelligently, in the most realistic bang-for-buck way.

    At the same time, I also understand there's a degree of pride involved in trying to eek as many clocks as you can from your components - else, you probably wouldn’t be here, right?

    For my build, I'm just going to see whether I won the silicon lottery. If I did - great! And as the cooling solution comes with the CPU, there's no additional cost.

    But if I do feel the need to add better cooling, I'll buy it later - by which time, budget limitations might have improved a bit too... or BIOS revisions... or anything else.

    Hope that helps. Have fun!
    Reply to tickleusknee
  4. Getting it to 4 can be hit or miss, there are people that can do so using only the stock cooler, and a lot that can't get it to stabilize at 4 even using liquid cooling. 3.9 is for sure doable but I would recommend getting a different cooler if you want to run it at 3.9 or 4. The Thermaltake Contac Silent 12 is a really good and you can pick one up for 25 dollars on Newegg, In addition to cooling better it also also will be a lot quieter than the stock. The Wraith Stealth will almost always be spinning at full RPM and can be quite loud when you overclock to 3.9 or 4.

    Reply to billman232323
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