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June 4, 2013 5:41:22 PM

Well, I'm about to upgrade my case, partly because this case is 6 years old, there are no case fans, and very poor ventilation. So I decided when I get my new case, I'm going to buy a new heatsink for my CPU so I can OC it (which I've been wanting to do for a while, but I can't because it gets too hot!)

So anyway, I have an FX-6300 (3.5ghz stock), and I wanted to OC it to a minimum of 4.2ghz. As of now, it can get a little toasty, max load it gets around 62ish, but I am upgrading to a mid tower case from a mini tower, which will have 3 case fans (Which won't really help too much).

Would water cooling be necessary, or could I just go with air cooling? Thanks

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June 4, 2013 5:44:58 PM

Air cooling. That's a small overclock. Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO can handle that like a champ.
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June 4, 2013 5:47:13 PM

Water cooling is unnecessary. i had the same question except with a beefier cpu.
but i decided i didn;t want to take the risk of a water leak destroying my system.
i am going with these 2 things.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gelid-solutions-thermal-pa...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/phanteks-cpu-cooler-phtc12...
that first one is the best thermal paste on the market no argument.
you do not have to get the same cooler as me i am just saying what i am getting.
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June 4, 2013 5:51:43 PM

There is no sense in picking up an expensive water cooler for a budget chip, you would be better off picking up a FX-8320 or FX-8350 with the saving of going with air cooling.
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June 4, 2013 5:58:06 PM

Thanks for all your input! Slomo, I was originally getting the FX-8350, then I was told to just get a 6300 and O.C. to 5.0Ghz, which is what I'm attempting to do. (well, not exactly 5.0, but somewhere near. Just want to get a minimum of 4.2)

ksham, what would be an overclock that would require a water cooling system.

I'm probably going with air cooling then. I should probably stop listening to my buddy, he seems to give me stupid advice :p 
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a c 137 à CPUs
June 4, 2013 6:14:38 PM

4.7GHz+
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June 4, 2013 6:15:52 PM

ploxxies said:
I should probably stop listening to my buddy, he seems to give me stupid advice :p 


Words to live by.
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June 4, 2013 6:31:53 PM

USAFRet said:
ploxxies said:
I should probably stop listening to my buddy, he seems to give me stupid advice :p 


Words to live by.


Is this supposed to be an insult?
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June 4, 2013 6:34:12 PM

ploxxies said:
USAFRet said:
ploxxies said:
I should probably stop listening to my buddy, he seems to give me stupid advice :p 


Words to live by.


Is this supposed to be an insult?


Not an insult at all! Supposedly knowledgeable friends frequently give incorrect advice.
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June 4, 2013 6:36:29 PM

USAFRet said:
ploxxies said:
USAFRet said:
ploxxies said:
I should probably stop listening to my buddy, he seems to give me stupid advice :p 


Words to live by.


Is this supposed to be an insult?


Not an insult at all! Supposedly knowledgeable friends frequently give incorrect advice.


Oh, okay, thanks. I thought I was about to get sort of sad for a few minutes.
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June 4, 2013 6:40:01 PM

USAFRet said:
ploxxies said:
USAFRet said:
ploxxies said:
I should probably stop listening to my buddy, he seems to give me stupid advice :p 


Words to live by.


Is this supposed to be an insult?


Not an insult at all! Supposedly knowledgeable friends frequently give incorrect advice.

haha i have had my case of bad advice. my friend wanted to get an hp pheonix with 32gb of ram, water cooling ( who knows what horrible closed loop goes in there!) , a gtx 680 ( not bad but it would've been a reference card, " Beats Audio" with integrated in small print.... with absolute horrid airflow in the case. I have now convinced him to build after he gets some money from a summer job.

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June 4, 2013 11:43:24 PM

Seen a couple threads where people have gotten advice from friends and they dont end very well. Though that being said, I have advised plenty of my friends on this kind of stuff, so I cant say that they arent a good source of info if they really know what their doing. Just might want to check out what they say, apparently one forum members friend said he would need triple 660Ti's to meet minimum requirements in games :p .

CLC water-cooling unless your buying right at the top end (H100i, X60 Kraken, H220) isn't worth it, air-cooling has it beat for price and performance until your well into the dual rad units. Even then they still lose pretty badly on the value front, if eking out an advantage for pure performance.

Go with a cheap cooler like the 212 EVO, or if you want something a bit beefier go for a Noctua NH-D14.
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