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August 7, 2013 12:07:04 AM

HEY people, so i has h70 with i5 2500k OC of 4.3ghz with temps around maxing 71c 73c, now my main game is BF3 and soon be BF4 when that comes out, at moment i'm having some CPU bottleneck and i don't really wanna go over 75C so i was thinking if i can OC my CPU to 5ghz mark to try and open the bottleneck up i know won't remove it, but is it best to get h100i or custom loop? i has HD 7970 OC crossfire and i'm not sure if custom loop is way to go i live in Australia so it gets hot here , i would buy aftermarket GPU coolers as well but apparently i can't for my card due to be non ref. not that its a problem Gigabyte wind force 3 fan are great coolers. any suggesting would be good

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August 7, 2013 12:19:48 AM

I would suggest that you pick up an i7 3770k instead of torching your poor old 2500k :p . If you have your heart set on water cooling though, and you want an all in one kit, corsair's h100i is great (I'm running my 4770k at low temps). If you want a custom kit that will yield more customizable cooling, I'd recommend XSPC.
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August 7, 2013 12:27:28 AM

2500k is a great o.c. chip
just get a nzxt kraken x60 that has 280mm raditor and u ll be able to o.c. to 4.7
its a great water cooling unit


and yes best would be a custom looop but it would be my suggestion only if u r ready to handle with the hastles of custom loop no doubt a custom loop performs much better
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August 7, 2013 12:27:41 AM

In3rt1a said:
I would suggest that you pick up an i7 3770k instead of torching your poor old 2500k :p . If you have your heart set on water cooling though, and you want an all in one kit, corsair's h100i is great (I'm running my 4770k at low temps). If you want a custom kit that will yield more customizable cooling, I'd recommend XSPC.


i'm sticking with sandy bridge to fact that my only upgrade path is ivy bridge, and haswell is crap, the OC headroom is best on sandy bridge and its matter HT really.... and if the game uses it and i has been told BF3 uses it but meh, i think 5ghz OC is perfectly fine....longs temps are under-control. but why did you suggest going with a haswell? all reviews say don't even bother is not even that good for gaming purposes specially for overclockers .
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August 7, 2013 12:32:07 AM

I didn't recommend Haswell, I just said I was running it. My recommendation was the 3770k, and you wouldn't have to worry about ocing and such. Anyway, if you're hell-bent on sticking with sandy bridge, an XSPC custom kit or the h100i are your best bet.
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August 7, 2013 12:32:24 AM

Sn1992 said:
2500k is a great o.c. chip
just get a nzxt kraken x60 that has 280mm raditor and u ll be able to o.c. to 4.7
its a great water cooling unit


and yes best would be a custom looop but it would be my suggestion only if u r ready to handle with the hastles of custom loop no doubt a custom loop performs much better

yeah its a beast chip i has manage get stable 4.8ghz with what i has but not happy with temps, and i know it can get 5ghz with 1.45v most people say i5 2500k gets about 5 to 5.1ghz on 1.45v, just temps are insane , so... maybe 4.8ghz to be safe... or should i just go ivry bridge i7 and OC to 4.8ghz and get h100i? think that remove all bottleneck ?
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August 7, 2013 12:35:49 AM

yeah but ur h70 hinders that
a h100 would not be reccomended to u
a better cooler than h100 is h1110 and the best is nzxt kraken x60

but if u can spent 150$ go for swiftech h220 its the best u can get and u will be able to achieve 5.0 stable with it
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August 7, 2013 12:35:56 AM

Oh yah, the 3770k oced+h100i will definitly have no bottlenecking issues. Heck, you might not even have to oc...
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August 7, 2013 12:40:15 AM

i wud not reccomend a 3770k to u
instead u shud stick to SB and o.c. it and get the most of it
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August 7, 2013 12:43:16 AM

The 3770k will offer you much more satisfactory performance, and you won't have to cook your chip to play the latest games. You will be set for the next couple years w/ ivy bridge. You have to upgrade sooner or later. (and I take it you don't like haswell :p )
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August 7, 2013 12:44:22 AM

Sorry for the triple post, my browser glitched and posted the message multiple times :( . I live in the country and get like 1 megabit down.
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August 7, 2013 12:49:08 AM

its hard one.... got rember guys it alll depends on the chip i get... if its good binned 3770k i mean apprently 4.4ghz i7 with HT on is about same as 5ghz i5 2500k... but with less core voltage... all though it still favors 3770k in benchmarks , and no i don't like haswell, no really going go spend $350 on new mobo and + cpu +liquid cooling , i rather has 3770k or i5 2500k and just OC them :) 
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August 7, 2013 12:53:57 AM

get a nzxt kraken for now




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August 7, 2013 12:59:24 AM

There is such a small difference between the x60 and the h100i, that by virtue of the fact that the h100i is cheaper, I would recommend it. Also, if your cooler leaks on any components, supposedly Corsair will reimburse you.
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August 7, 2013 3:06:10 AM

In3rt1a said:
There is such a small difference between the x60 and the h100i, that by virtue of the fact that the h100i is cheaper, I would recommend it. Also, if your cooler leaks on any components, supposedly Corsair will reimburse you.


you got a link confirming that? ^.^ if that is true then h100i with new fans pressure ones could be way to go.
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August 7, 2013 3:06:11 AM

In3rt1a said:
There is such a small difference between the x60 and the h100i, that by virtue of the fact that the h100i is cheaper, I would recommend it. Also, if your cooler leaks on any components, supposedly Corsair will reimburse you.


you got a link confirming that? ^.^ if that is true then h100i with new fans pressure ones could be way to go.
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August 7, 2013 3:26:55 AM

In3rt1a said:
I see the 3770k getting 5 ghz on 1.4 volts here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/279408-29-bridge-over...
With two 7970's, I really think it's worth it to get a new chip.


well i do want the i7 3770k and hope that it only needs a minor OC to remove my bottleneck ...or none at all, but most likely needs a OC il price it up and see what i can do. i think a 4.4ghz i7 3770k should do the job. also i think it will unlock PCI 3.0 for my crossfire so running pcie 3x8 x8 same as pcie 2.0 x16 x16 would shuld open the cards bandwidth up a little
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August 7, 2013 10:14:29 AM

Corsair mentions in there warranty that they cover each case of damaged parts as it comes: http://www.corsair.com/en/support/warranty/
And you can read other peoples experiences where they got refunded for any damages here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1232888/corsairs-response-to...
Some people had great experiences and got full refunds on all their parts, and some got partial refunds. It's all at Corsair's discretion.
As far as ocing the 3770k goes, you won't need to if you don't want to.
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