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gigabyte p965 ds3 cpu northbridge combo

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September 4, 2007 7:49:25 AM

Hey all- I've searched and searched but i can't find exactly what i'm looking for.

I have a 965p ds3 and i need better air cooling for both the cpu and northbridge while overclocking.

For the cpu I'm looking at either the Scythe ninja rev. B or the AC freezer pro 7 and for the NB i'd like the Thermaltake Extreme Spirit II (open for ideas there). Basically i'm thinking that combo won't physically fit together? not sure. I know some of you out there either have one of these combos or a good combo for OC'ing on the ds3, if anyone has a suggestion please fire away. Thanks!
September 4, 2007 8:08:12 PM

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September 5, 2007 3:35:31 AM

shoota said:
Hey all- I've searched and searched but i can't find exactly what i'm looking for.

I have a 965p ds3 and i need better air cooling for both the cpu and northbridge while overclocking.

For the cpu I'm looking at either the Scythe ninja rev. B or the AC freezer pro 7 and for the NB i'd like the Thermaltake Extreme Spirit II (open for ideas there). Basically i'm thinking that combo won't physically fit together? not sure. I know some of you out there either have one of these combos or a good combo for OC'ing on the ds3, if anyone has a suggestion please fire away. Thanks!


I have a Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme and a Spirit cooler in my DS3. They all fit fine. You can rotate the Spirit around if you need. I've gotten the board to about 480 FSB, though you still need a fan pointing towards the motherboard voltage regulator area. They get up to 170F with a core duo and over 200F with a quad. Get a good case to move the air out.
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September 5, 2007 5:15:49 AM

Oh nice, thank you so much. Where is the voltage regulator area, i hadn't heard of this before.
September 5, 2007 8:22:50 PM

shoota said:
Oh nice, thank you so much. Where is the voltage regulator area, i hadn't heard of this before.


On this board, they're located above and to the left of the CPU socket. I had water cooling on mine and it was easy to put a 80mm in that area. It's more difficult with a massaive heatsink. My E6400 works fine at 450FSB, but when you get to 480 and above the board seems less stable without some air movement.

I believe the Ultra 120 is longer than the Scythe and Freezer. Check the specs though.
September 6, 2007 7:07:40 AM

Ok well if you say the ultra 120 and spirit II fit together i'll believe you. wouldn't the airflow from the ultra 120 and the 120mm exhaust fan be enough to keep the voltage regulators cool?
September 7, 2007 12:01:46 AM

shoota said:
Ok well if you say the ultra 120 and spirit II fit together i'll believe you. wouldn't the airflow from the ultra 120 and the 120mm exhaust fan be enough to keep the voltage regulators cool?



That's what I run on my DS3 and E6400, no extra fan. Not sure what numbers you will get from overclocking. I'm just giving you some results of mine. The board does run hot though. The setup will do fine--just give it some airflow if you are going to overclock, just with any overclocking.

I got two E6400s, one barely reaches 3.2 while my other will go close to 3.7. I'm on a P35-DQ6 too with a Q6600. That board gives a little more overclockability...very nice board. Good luck.


September 9, 2007 8:49:15 AM

That setup sounds good. I've got my e6420 up to 3.5 no problem except for the heat obviously. I hope once i get this combo going i can reach those speeds with comfortable temps. thx for all your help.
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