Suitable CPU cooler (non-water) for i7-9700K

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JasonA
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Looking for recommendations regarding a suitable CPU fan and radiator to suit this CPU. The main workload will be Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom Classic- and maybe running some Linux VMs under VirtualBox. I am not going to be doing any sort of gaming.
I really don't want to go down the path of water cooling.  I don't even want any fancy RGB lighting  I just want a cooler that sits on the CPU and attaches to the motherboard, i.e. just a plain setup that keeps my CPU cool.
If it makes any difference I'm looking at the Gigabyte Z390 UD motherboard as my preferred option.

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  • PowerSpec_MikeW
    PowerSpec_MikeW PowerSpec Engineer
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    If you're not overclocking the stock cooler is fine. If you want to upgrade, I would go with the Cooler Master EVO 212. It's been the best budget air cooler for a very long time. It's a 120mm cooler, it's no slouch, it would support overclocking. If you want the want to go beyond that we have the Noctua NH-U14S, but it's a 165mm tall monster. You have to be mindful of clearance between the motherboard and the side panel.
  • JasonA
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    edited May 2020
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    Will the Cooler Master EVO 212 fit OK into the Corsair SPEC-02 RED case that you have ? That's what I'm thinking about, and I am a bit nervous about the cooler size relative to the case itself.
  • PowerSpec_MikeW
    PowerSpec_MikeW PowerSpec Engineer
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    According to the manufacturer specifications, it's 4mm too tall for the chassis. I mentioned some alternative cases in your other post.
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