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Cooling an Overclocked Core 2 Quad

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January 27, 2014 8:39:28 AM

Hello, I'm trying to squeeze the last bit of performance out of my old system before I upgrade in about 6-8 months. I'm running a Core 2 Quad Q8400 on a stock Intel cooler. It will stably overclock in excess of 3.2 Ghz (up from 2.66 stock) before temps push past 70-77 °C. I could use some recommendations for coolers that I could use now, and preferably in the future on a new rig built in the summer. What would you guys recommend? Also:

What do you guys think of 120mm AIO radiator units? (ie: The Cooler Master Seidon 120M)
Do they get enough performance to make it worth it over something like a Hyper 212 Evo?

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a c 350 à CPUs
January 27, 2014 9:01:21 AM

Cant go wrong with the Hyper 212 evo!

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a c 81 à CPUs
January 27, 2014 9:03:09 AM

I would prefer Hyper 212. Liquid coolers has the fear of leaking, so I prefer air coolers, and it will be good for you aswell. And I think you wouldn't notice much difference with a liquid cooler.

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CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $29.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-27 11:58 EST-0500)