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First quad core system, opinons on heatsinks? Q6700/780i. TEC anyone ?

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April 23, 2008 10:01:27 AM

I may be building a new machine based around a q6700, evga 780i, Patriot Viper 5-5-5-15 ddr2 1066 2x2gb (maybe 4x2 later) 1x evga 770mhz 9800 GTX (maybe another down the road, or perhaps a 9900??)

Anyway, I have been thinking about these TEC units,

Particularly the Ultra Chill TEC/ vigor gaming monsoon II/ amanda titan...

they all appear to be the same thing, just sold under different brands...

I imagine they would be better than a normal heatsink for OC, i do plan on doing a bit of mild OC'ing

I just wonder if 1.) the memory will get in the way of the cooler ( if it does i think i can flip the cooler and then flip the fan so that it still pull air through the cooler toward the back of the case)

I'm just wondering if i'll have any issues using memory with tall heat spreaders and large cooler, or if any one can shed some light on what kind of cooler to use with a q6700.


THG's own review on one of these:

I'm not sure if i want to find a unit with the drive bay screen or PCI style interface... IMO if i can view core temps via software when running, i see no reason to have that hideous drive bay. Just hate to use up a PCI slot, afaikthe PCI style uses the bus for power and nothing else.

I wish THG had tested this one VS all the air coolers in their big heatsink 3 part article. In the picture of the setup they show the amanda titan, but alas no comparison.

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April 23, 2008 10:43:55 AM

The TEC's are ok if not overpriced for a mild quad core overclock (take into account the reviews of the TEC's were on a Dual). Honestly i would say a Thermalright Ultra Extreme with a couple of 70+ CFM fans on push pull would be plenty :) .

TEC's tend to need to be rated over 150W for any decent overclock cooling.

As for the RAM Q I've never used stuff with fancy Heatsinks fitted so can't help there.

*Edit* As a side note a decent TEC takes up a fair bit of power from your PSU so make sure it's rated at 150 W plus your system. i.e with my modded CoolIT Freezone fitted i can't have a stable overclock on my gfx cards, and thats with a Hiper 880W PSU.
April 23, 2008 1:06:19 PM

Xigmatek 1283 or Thermalright Ultra extreme are you best cooler choices.

Price just dropped on the Q6700 so it's now a great choice. Makes me wish I had one :( 

But the Q6700 was way overpriced at $500 back when I purchased my Q6600.

Buy the DDR2 800 CAS3 Corsair Dominator RAM. The ICs are much better, but will cost you twice as much per GB. Also, none of the 4gb kits use really great ICs for overclocking and the old Micron ICs (such as the ones in the Dominators I mentioned) are dissapearing fast.

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April 23, 2008 6:38:27 PM

i really want to use 2gb modules... is there any 2x2 kits you can recommend?
Really, i was just going to turn on epp, and maybe bump voltage a bit on the ram... not really anything major.
April 23, 2008 10:55:33 PM

Those TECs are rather noisy, and to top it off, inefficient. So get the TRUE instead.

For ram, 2x2 sets are rather hard to OC, and if you're not going to do anything major to them, I don't see why any ram would work. Perhaps Crucial?
April 23, 2008 11:17:06 PM

I'm using G.Skill 2x 2gb sticks @1000 C5 they overclock fairly well. When i set them to 400 with 467 FSB they run happily at 467DDR with no voltage change. Not saying they are great but seem to be quite good.
April 23, 2008 11:35:56 PM

closed_deal said:
I'm using G.Skill 2x 2gb sticks @1000 C5 they overclock fairly well. When i set them to 400 with 467 FSB they run happily at 467DDR with no voltage change. Not saying they are great but seem to be quite good.

I have yet to see a 2x2 do 1000MHz with 4-4-4-12 settings. Know any?
April 23, 2008 11:47:54 PM

I agree with that completely you can't change the timings unless you knock it down to 800, and nope off the top of my head i can't think of any 1000Mhz @ C4. However, the pure Mhz overclock without voltage change is quite good.