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Intel i7 920 cooler help needed

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July 31, 2009 10:41:32 PM

Hey guys im building a new comp with a i7 920 in it

Im looking for some guidence on which cooler to get for it,

price : does not matter , just the performance


i was thinking of something by thermaltake or zalman , but anything would help

I will prob OC the cpu to 3. something

i was also told that these cpu's listed below are good

Scythe Mugen 2
Sunbeam CCTF 120MM + 1366 retention kit
Xig Dark Knight

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a b K Overclocking
August 1, 2009 6:57:15 AM

cdeez said:
Hey guys im building a new comp with a i7 920 in it

Im looking for some guidence on which cooler to get for it,

price : does not matter , just the performance


i was thinking of something by thermaltake or zalman , but anything would help

I will prob OC the cpu to 3. something

i was also told that these cpu's listed below are good

Scythe Mugen 2
Sunbeam CCTF 120MM + 1366 retention kit
Xig Dark Knight



If price isnt a problem i would go for the megahalem:

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8807/cpu-pro-01/Proli...



If price REALLY isnt a problem then i would go with water cooling, if you choose this route then conundrum is the man to speak to ;) 
August 1, 2009 4:48:33 PM

With a TRUE (thermalright ultra 120 extrem ) you cant go wrong. But the Vandeta2 is very good too.

Those you listed are decent and can do it EZ for your minor OC.

have fun !
August 1, 2009 7:16:10 PM

what about the zalman CNPS10X Extreme 120mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
zalman CNPS10X Extreme 120mm

I know that the coolmaster v10 is amazing , its just F***** huge
August 1, 2009 7:38:14 PM

XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm 45$

Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm 37$

Noctua NH-U12P 120mm 56$


All Cheaper and maybe better. I wont pay 80$ for a CPU heatsink since there are tons that cost 50$ and are the top of the line ...

Edit : The V10 isnt really that good. Yes some reviews proved that he can do it nicely. But its HHUUGGEE and this "junk" will use 70Watts on full load because of its kinda useless TEC. a 70W TEC = that if you have a stock 70W TDP cpu your just doing nothing and if the HOT side isnt cooled properlly your heating more then your cooling ... TEC is really something that need lots of calculation. The V10 is doing a good job but for 130$ .... at my eye its a peice of junk. SRY Cooler Master !
August 1, 2009 8:29:08 PM

wow thanks alot , this really helps im going to decide in the next few minutes !!

oK im going with the Thermalright Ultra120 eXtreme .

Last question , what is the best thermal paste to use with the cooler and what is the correct way of applying it to the i7 920 processor with this cooler . thanks guys !!
a c 86 K Overclocking
August 1, 2009 9:48:59 PM

I use MX-2. Good paste.

How to? a drop larger than a grain of rice but smaller than a small pea in the middle, mount heatsink, give gentle twist, then tighten it down.
http://www.overclock.net/air-cooling/350584-guide-tempe...

Ohh for the TRUE, look up on the washer method for more mounting pressure. Google TRUE washer.
a c 130 K Overclocking
August 1, 2009 9:50:39 PM

AS-5 or MX-2 are good. Go to the thermalright web site. They have a pictorial tutorial on their recommendation. It is as good as any. My advice, use very little; too much becomes an insulator.
a c 86 K Overclocking
August 1, 2009 9:59:39 PM

+1^ To Geofelt
August 1, 2009 11:43:11 PM

thanks guys !

ok so i also wanted to know , should i use the push /pull 2x fan method on the Thermalright Ultra120 eXtreme , if i did that i would need to buy a extra Thermalright Ultra120 Series Fan holder , but what about the extra fan , how will it hook up to the MB . Do i get a splitter or something for the 2 fans to be connected to the MB ?
a c 86 K Overclocking
August 2, 2009 1:02:33 AM

Usually you just connect it to the PSU header connector. Or buy a fan controller. There are cheap manual ones with knobs, more expensive ones that have cheapo thermal measurement probes you can stick wherever to measure temps (they work okay) or a high end that works in software to monitor temps.

IF you need the extra CPU cooling besides the one fan, then do what you need to. It's a hobby, you'll figure it out.

Up to you.
August 2, 2009 1:10:18 AM

thanks for the info !
a c 130 K Overclocking
August 2, 2009 3:12:14 AM

cdeez said:
thanks for the info !

I think one fan is enough. I think a constant noise is less obtrusive, and I usually keep it at a fixed speed anyway.
In addition to the fan holder, you may get a set of the old wire type anyway.
August 2, 2009 4:56:44 PM

IS lapping something i should consider , with my i7 and heatsink ?
a c 130 K Overclocking
August 2, 2009 7:10:51 PM

cdeez said:
IS lapping something i should consider , with my i7 and heatsink ?

The thermalright has been known in the past to have an uneven base. Current production may be better. To test , put a drop of water on the base, and press a plate of glass to it. The water should spread evenly and should hold the cooler to the glass by a good suction. If the base is uneven, you may want to try lapping. The objective is to make it plane, not to put a mirror shine.
August 2, 2009 7:30:51 PM

ok will do as soon as i get everything , will comment back then :)  !
a c 86 K Overclocking
August 2, 2009 10:09:34 PM

Install it first, if temps are poor then consider lapping.
August 2, 2009 10:42:08 PM

cdeez said:
thanks guys !

ok so i also wanted to know , should i use the push /pull 2x fan method on the Thermalright Ultra120 eXtreme , if i did that i would need to buy a extra Thermalright Ultra120 Series Fan holder , but what about the extra fan , how will it hook up to the MB . Do i get a splitter or something for the 2 fans to be connected to the MB ?

If you want to connect to CPU Fans to Mobo Cpu fan pin, either of these will work. I have the above CPU HSF Cooler and I am using the below cable.

3-Pin Y-Adapter Cable 4" Sleeved $3.95
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

3-Pin Y-Adapter Cable 12" Sleeved $4.95
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...
August 3, 2009 2:06:34 PM

I have the Vigor Monsoon III. It is a good cooler and was the only one available that looked worth buying when the 1366 coolers first came out.

Is there a significantly better cooler compared to that?

Price is not really a problem. I even thought of Prometeia or Vapochill type cooler but Prometeia is no more and I am not sure I need the hassle or super extreme cooling of vapochill. I also looked at some of the hybrid CoolIt products but even the high end ones don't seem that great but so far they are the best choice I have seen for good cooling with high OC.
August 3, 2009 3:03:52 PM

warezme said:
I have the Vigor Monsoon III. It is a good cooler and was the only one available that looked worth buying when the 1366 coolers first came out.

Is there a significantly better cooler compared to that?

Price is not really a problem. I even thought of Prometeia or Vapochill type cooler but Prometeia is no more and I am not sure I need the hassle or super extreme cooling of vapochill. I also looked at some of the hybrid CoolIt products but even the high end ones don't seem that great but so far they are the best choice I have seen for good cooling with high OC.

Here are a few top air Cpu coolers and Tec cooler for 1366 Cpu's below up to 3.6 ghz OC.

Thermalright Ultra120 eXtreme-1366 RT Premium Heatpipe Cooler for Intel LGA1366 $74.95
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

Scythe "MUGEN-2" 5-Heat Pipes Universal CPU Cooler $37.99
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

Xigmatek HDT-S1283V Dark Knight HDT Universal CPU Cooler $44.95
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...


Had the older brother (FreezeZone) to the one below for my FX60 build and it kept it around 20 degrees' celius @ idle.
CoolIT Systems Freezone Elite TEC CPU Cooler with MTEC $339.99
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

Here is also some Liquid Cool kits below (not the all in one type), If you are thinking of OC'ing abover 3.6ghz.

Swiftech H20-220 Apex Ultima Liquid Cooling Kit (Universal Mount / LGA 1366 Included) $269.95
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8411/ex-wat-140/Swift...

Swiftech H20-220 Apex Ultima Plus Liquid Cooling Kit (Universal Mount / LGA 1366 Included) $399.95
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8412/ex-wat-141/Swift...
August 7, 2009 6:04:40 PM

I'm trying to figure out how all you guys are missing Prolimatech Megahalems. They are EASILY the best air cooler on the market right now. I'm using a Dark Knight for my current rig, but i'll upgrade to i7 in a week or so and i'm not trusting a DK with my overclocked i7. I've done my reasearch and the Megahalems have been taking the top prize home for a while.

No it doesn't come with a fan, but i'm going to slap on a DD Yate Loom 120mm High speed fan and let the icecubes start forming.

Prolimatech Megahalems - $64.99
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8807/cpu-pro-01/Proli...

Danger Den Yate Loon 120mm High speed fan.
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/6174/fan-344/Yate_Loo...
a b K Overclocking
August 7, 2009 6:08:19 PM

Yeah the megahalem is the best but not by much.

I did mention it in my post above.
August 7, 2009 6:17:08 PM

heatsink and Case came in today , cant wait to show pics of my new build !!
a b K Overclocking
August 7, 2009 6:19:25 PM

Sweet take lots of pics ! (=
August 26, 2009 7:10:20 PM

Here are my pics of my new computer :) 















Hope you guys like em !
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