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Best AMD CPU cooler for high overclock (FX-8320)

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September 11, 2013 1:04:06 PM

I recently built a computer. I have an FX-8320 3.5 GHz processor. I saved up for months to get this computer. it cost me over $900.

I am saving up money for a closed loop liquid CPU cooler, or possibly an air cooler.

I want to be able to overclock this CPU to around 5 GHz. I don't wanna buy a custom liquid cooling system, because I have no doubt I would flood my components trying to put it together.

I was thinking of OC'ing it to at least 4.8 if at all possible.

What would be the best CPU cooler to get it to be this high and run relatively cool, if that's even possible?

I was thinking of these two:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
September 11, 2013 1:15:23 PM

I'd go with the h100i. Currently I have my FX6300 clocked to 4.8ghz and don't break 50c.

It also depends on the motherboard you purchased; some simply won't allow extreme overclocks. Make sure to be careful When overclocking and do it one step at a time.

Good luck!
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September 14, 2013 6:03:34 PM

I have an ASRock 970 extreme4 AM3+ motherboard.

This has a 970 chipset instead of the 990FX. Will it be able to handle this much overclocking? I'm gonna get the h100i and add some more powerful fans to my case. My case can supposedly have up to ten fans. I've only found 5 or 6, but there may be a couple i'm missing.

Also, there is a motherboard of nearly the same name called the ASRock 990FX extreme4 motherboard. The difference is that it is newer, while mine is older. I have the 970. not the 990.
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September 16, 2013 12:22:32 PM

Hello,

I currently own a 970 Extreme4 as well as a 990fx Extreme9.

I was able to get my 965 to 4.2 on 212+ on the Extreme4 board, but have not had any experience overclocking Vishera on that board. On the other hand, I currently have my 6300 clocked to 4.8 on h100i on the Extreme9.

ASRock boards seem to be of high quality (from what I've seen) and I would assume you should be able to get nice overclocks on your 8320 as long as you do it safely. With h100i, it wouldn't be completely out of the question to reach 5ghz.

On an unrelated note, from what I've read the chipsets (970 vs 990fx) are typically concerned with gfx mainly, and so 970 vs 990fx doesn't have any impact on CPU overclocking. The correlation that 990fx boards are "nicer" is due to the boards containing higher end chipsets usually having higher end components since they're targeted at a more expensive price points.

In a nutshell, a 970 board could OC just as well as a 990fx if all other variables remained the same.

Hope this helps!
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November 25, 2013 1:24:06 PM

fx8320 is way hotter thn fx6300. i own both. at ideal fx8320 hits arnd 38-46. i know thats not usual. i am thinking my mobo is the reason...coz i installed it on a MSI 970a g46. it suxxx... i am jst waiting for the tym wen it turns to ashes!
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November 25, 2013 3:24:01 PM

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nepton-280l-tundra-...

If you want to split hairs, according to this round-up, the Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme cools better, and manages to be quieter as well. Honestly, both are solid cooling solutions. Pick one and be happy.

As for Air cooling, the Noctua NH-D14 and the Phanteks Ph-TC14PE will probably get you just as far.
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January 6, 2014 4:15:23 AM

Heroguy294 said:
I recently built a computer. I have an FX-8320 3.5 GHz processor. I saved up for months to get this computer. it cost me over $900.

I am saving up money for a closed loop liquid CPU cooler, or possibly an air cooler.

I want to be able to overclock this CPU to around 5 GHz. I don't wanna buy a custom liquid cooling system, because I have no doubt I would flood my components trying to put it together.

I was thinking of OC'ing it to at least 4.8 if at all possible.

What would be the best CPU cooler to get it to be this high and run relatively cool, if that's even possible?

I was thinking of these two:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



CM hyper 212 evo.. idle 27 on load 42, overclocked to 4ghz.... thermal paste- arctic silver 5, and arctic siver cleaning kit to make the cpu surface a good for better heat dissipation. save money n buy good graphics card,, :p 

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