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September 27, 2013 11:53:25 PM

Hey guys, New to PC world here wanting to learn more:

Used PC:
CPU: I7 920 (revision D0)
Cooler: Corsair liquid cooling (couldnt tell which it is but this looks a lot like this with 2 fans on both sides of the middle piece wich i'm guessing is the radiator):


MOBO: EVGA 131GT E-767
RAM: 12GB of Ram (2GB X 6 sticks).9-9-9-24/1600@1.6v
Video: 2 EVGA/Nidia GTX 470.

Recently I reinstalled it to Windows 7 64 bits (thought I should get me my own CD and so I did).

And before reinstalling:

I've actually stress tested Prime95 (Max FFT size 4096) with CPU OC @ 3.6 (1.28 CV/173BCLK/turbo and HTon every thing else on auto) for about close to 3 hours (as other forums said I sat next to the PC actually for 1.5 hours and off and on for next hourish). and I think I picked the longest time ever so i stopped after 2hrs and some minutes.

Any way during this 2.5+hrs, my temperature averaged on all 4 cores (#0-3) = 67-73C (oh I'm using EVGA E-Leet Tuning Utility to monior my temps, please let me know if this is cool).

So here is my real questions:
1. should i stress test at default cpu settings first?
2. should i use that above mention OC settings for 24hrs?
3. Do i need to set my temp for going before for the safety of cpu and where do i do this in?

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a b K Overclocking
September 28, 2013 1:01:09 AM

Yes, it is recommended to do a stress test before your overclock as well as make sure that you have started your computer at least 5 times in "normal" mode before doing a stress test (makes sure everything's stable in your system).

No, you should not do it for 24 hours, only do a stress test for about 4-5 hours max (some people do 8 but that is overkill), to make sure your system can handle that).

If i was you i would invest in a fan controller:

www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681199200...

These will allow you to set your limits in f and c for fans to rev up (mine never do since i run 10 fans in my system). It will also allow you to place temperature sensors around your system to keep track of how hot it gets in certain places of your motherboard.

As for your liquid cooling, you have a h100i (120 mm x 2) fans with a radiator in push/pull configuration, that will keep your cpu really cool, your temperatures do look good especially 67-73 F, mine stay about 88-95 degrees f. If the 67-73 was C then i would be a reving up that pump speed to keep the temperatures under control, since that would be pushing overheating a little bit.
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September 28, 2013 3:12:28 AM

ddbtkd456-


Sincere thanks for your time/sacrifice for your reply,

I have a Antec Case with a few fans and all have controlls on them not like the one on that newegg, but just hi/mid/lo:

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

- 1 top 200mm Big Boy 200 blue LED fan
- 2 rear 120mm TriCool blue LED fan
- 3 front 120mm blue LED fan (intake)
- 1 side 120mm fan to cool graphics cards

newegg's specs doesnt mention the rear and top fan control but i got them.

And those temps are in Celsius.
So "reving up" the pump??if you would expound that for me please.
would there be a control for that?(i found the manual for this cooler so maybe dont answer this one): here it is if any one in the future needs it comes across this:

http://www.corsair.com/hydro-series-h80-high-performanc...

Also, i think my cpu cooler is H80 series
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a b K Overclocking
September 28, 2013 3:26:33 AM

fyulonius said:
ddbtkd456-


Sincere thanks for your time/sacrifice for your reply,

I have a Antec Case with a few fans and all have controlls on them not like the one on that newegg, but just hi/mid/lo:

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

- 1 top 200mm Big Boy 200 blue LED fan
- 2 rear 120mm TriCool blue LED fan
- 3 front 120mm blue LED fan (intake)
- 1 side 120mm fan to cool graphics cards

newegg's specs doesnt mention the rear and top fan control but i got them.

And those temps are in Celsius.
So "reving up" the pump??if you would expound that for me please.
would there be a control for that?


There should be a program installed on your computer for the h100i, if not download it here:
http://tinyurl.com/pj2chve
*Shortened link up.

Also make sure that inside your case that the link is hooked up, it will be a usb motherboard headed, that connects from the pump to the usb 2.0 header. Your new program should be able to give you the option to control the CPU cooler from windows desktop.

Also i would invest in this little device too (It will work better then the fan control you currently have on your case)

http://tinyurl.com/pw5doyk

**Again shortened link i hate long links. They take up and make things look sloppy.

This will give you control over 6 fans with actual sliders to adjust your fan according to how you want it set up. I would hook up all your fans to it, except for the side door one (since you dont want to open it and forget its attached and run the fan). They have 30 watts per channel which enough to run everything you have. This will increase your cooling along with the adjusted h100i, your temps should drop by at least 30-40 degrees after everything is corrected.
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September 28, 2013 3:43:43 AM

sweeeeeeeeeeet stufff....Thnx again dude.
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a b K Overclocking
September 28, 2013 3:49:31 AM

No problem if you have any more questions please feel free to pm me them directly and i will see if i can answer them (there isn't too much i don't know about fans, cooling, and overclocking, along with alot of other things).
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a b K Overclocking
September 28, 2013 3:51:53 AM

fyulonius said:
ddbtkd456-


Sincere thanks for your time/sacrifice for your reply,

I have a Antec Case with a few fans and all have controlls on them not like the one on that newegg, but just hi/mid/lo:

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

- 1 top 200mm Big Boy 200 blue LED fan
- 2 rear 120mm TriCool blue LED fan
- 3 front 120mm blue LED fan (intake)
- 1 side 120mm fan to cool graphics cards

newegg's specs doesnt mention the rear and top fan control but i got them.

And those temps are in Celsius.
So "reving up" the pump??if you would expound that for me please.
would there be a control for that?(i found the manual for this cooler so maybe dont answer this one): here it is if any one in the future needs it comes across this:

http://www.corsair.com/hydro-series-h80-high-performanc...

Also, i think my cpu cooler is H80 series


If it was an h80 series it would only have 1 fan on each side of the radiator

h80 series - single 120 mm fan on each side of the radiator (usually on the exhaust fan)
h100 series - dual 120 mm fans on each side of the radiator (usually mounted in the top of the case)
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June 15, 2014 2:51:30 AM

I just noticed, I've had Hyper threads on ever since i've posted this.....with out HT, now my idle is at 40's-high 40's Celius.
70's at full load
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