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Would I need a water cooler for my CPU when overclocked?

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July 5, 2014 11:33:33 AM

I am going to get a 4690k to overclock to around 4.0 Ghz but idk if I should get a liquid-cooler. I was thinking of Getting the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO but I'm afriad that it might overheat if I don't get a liquid-cooler. What should I do?
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July 5, 2014 11:47:50 AM

The 212 evo should do fine for that kind of overclock. The cooler can handle a bit more than that I'd imagine too. Liquid cooling isn't really needed unless you're going for a huge overclock, and even then there are still air coolers that can match the performance of some water coolers.
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July 5, 2014 11:52:31 AM

Calnin said:
The 212 evo should do fine for that kind of overclock. The cooler can handle a bit more than that I'd imagine too. Liquid cooling isn't really needed unless you're going for a huge overclock, and even then there are still air coolers that can match the performance of some water coolers.


Yeah, that is a minor overclock which every air cooler can handle.

If you want a quiet cooler, go with the H60 if your willing to pay the extra money.
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July 5, 2014 11:53:08 AM

buy a water cooler, you could try without and keep an eye on the temperature (speedfan is a great software for this), but by doing this without a water cooler you are taking a risk.
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July 5, 2014 11:57:34 AM

Claus1707 said:
buy a water cooler, you could try without and keep an eye on the temperature (speedfan is a great software for this), but by doing this without a water cooler you are taking a risk.


How is he taking a risk? When nine out of ten overclockers use good air coolers by Noctua, Phanteks that perform as good as the high end closed loop coolers? The H50 and H60 are toys. Those coolers have been around for only a few years and people have been overclocking since people started building computers a long time ago. So don't fill the guys head with nonsense.
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July 5, 2014 11:58:38 AM

I'm pretty sure the 212 evo is more cost effective and just as good as the H80. At that overclock at least.
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July 5, 2014 11:59:30 AM

DiamondsareMine said:
I am going to get a 4690k to overclock to around 4.0 Ghz but idk if I should get a liquid-cooler. I was thinking of Getting the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO but I'm afriad that it might overheat if I don't get a liquid-cooler. What should I do?


Buy a Noctua or similar high end air cooler. Those AIO closed loop coolers are gimmicky. Take that from a guy who has a "good one". An H100I.
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July 5, 2014 12:00:43 PM

TechyInAZ said:
Calnin said:
The 212 evo should do fine for that kind of overclock. The cooler can handle a bit more than that I'd imagine too. Liquid cooling isn't really needed unless you're going for a huge overclock, and even then there are still air coolers that can match the performance of some water coolers.


Yeah, that is a minor overclock which every air cooler can handle.

If you want a quiet cooler, go with the H60 if your willing to pay the extra money.



The H60 is crap. It can dissipate the heat produced by an I7.
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July 5, 2014 2:02:33 PM

bmacsys said:
DiamondsareMine said:
I am going to get a 4690k to overclock to around 4.0 Ghz but idk if I should get a liquid-cooler. I was thinking of Getting the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO but I'm afriad that it might overheat if I don't get a liquid-cooler. What should I do?


Buy a Noctua or similar high end air cooler. Those AIO closed loop coolers are gimmicky. Take that from a guy who has a "good one". An H100I.

Which Noctua air cooler is suitable for my needs? I think I might just get a H100I like you

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July 5, 2014 4:24:43 PM

I agree that with high end air coolers you aren't taking a risk.

And how is the H60 crap!!?? I've used it before and it's great!
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July 5, 2014 8:00:36 PM

TechyInAZ said:
I agree that with high end air coolers you aren't taking a risk.

And how is the H60 crap!!?? I've used it before and it's great!


Because it is a cheap cooler. Small fan. Tiny radiator. Works fine with a two core processor that has a TDP of about 65 watts.
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