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Intel Q9550 or watercooling ?

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October 30, 2008 1:54:39 AM

I debating between watercooling my Q6600 OR geting a Q9550.... Q9550 would have a Tuniq Tower .. I was looking @ the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... OR http://microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?pro... ??? please help!!! I have 3 days 2 pick and i have to get it from this store www.microcenter.com HELPP!!! :bounce:  :bounce: 

System specs's :
Case: Antec 900
Motherboard: Evga 780i FTW(may be upgrading to 790i PWN)
Video: 9800GX2 in SLI
RAM:o CZ flex II series(2x2GB) 1150MhZ
PSU: Enermax Galaxy 1K
October 30, 2008 5:00:11 AM

neither!

sell the q6600 and get a qx6850 then a q9650 then a qx9650, prices follow, respectively

$350
$450
$550+

evga mobo can not put out enough voltage to support high oc with any quad - higher multiplier may help but maybe not - a 9650 has lower voltage demand therefore higher speed.

get an intel mobo!

second issue is the bad northbrige - if it gets over 65c you have stability issues. water cooling does not alway work. high fsb are an issue for most nvidia mobos. if you water cool nvidia put it first the nb or its own branch.

by the way, nice set up, if you only have 1 video card - i pull the mobo and go with a 16 phase asus that can power a quad. then go with a qx6850 with g0 setting and you get 4-4.2ghz on air!

maybe! i never tried it but i am pretty good at it!

here is 4.6ghz qx9650 at 1.6v running 4.2ghz at 1.42v


October 30, 2008 5:19:04 AM

There is no much point going from Q6600 to Q9550 especially on that board because Your overclock is probably limited by board. If I am not wrong both have multiplier 9 so both would overclock to the same speed if board reaches fsb limit. And at the same speed there would be no noticable difference between both. I have q6600 @ 3.2 and not looking to upgrade for 2-3 years. If You really want to spend go with watercooling at least you can carry it over to next build. But I would wait until i7 is out and get one that has mountings for new socket included in the kit so that it makes easier to carry over later.
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October 30, 2008 5:29:32 AM

I'd say keep the Q6600 and buy a WC. Why bother upgrading to a quad when you already have a quad? I just bought my rig last month.. and yeah.. its a q6600... its OCed to 3.6Ghz WCed. If you were to go from quad to Nehalem, then I say the latter.
October 30, 2008 8:26:26 AM

What speed is your CPU at? What temp on load? Air cooling should be fine upto 3.4GHz.

Mike.
October 30, 2008 9:44:42 AM

its a 3.4 now i want to make this chip fry .. point is i dont care what happens to it i wana push it to the limit.. i had a single card on the p5e x38 and i noticed a big HUGE diffrence in stablilty my X38 was 100000 times better.. im hoping when i step up 2 the 790i it well become stable again ............ i think i am going with this water cooling setup ...

CPU BLOCK: http://microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?pro...

PUMP: http://microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?pro...

Reservoir: http://microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?pro...

Radiator: http://www.mountainmods.com/thermochill-pa-1203-radiato...

What you guys think on this watercooling setup ??
October 30, 2008 10:00:39 AM

good choice.. but I'd go for a Feser rather than Thermochill. The threads on the Thermochill aren't G1/4 - will have difficulties when changing barbs.
Tripple RAD is an overkill though. Just because its tripple rad, does not mean you can 'freeze' your cpu.. depending on the fab and silicon sheet - some may be OCed to 3.6 + and some not. Several users of the Thermochill mentioned that there isn't much difference on performance when compared to the swiftech rads. But if you have the budget, then get the Feser. These Rads are huge.. so have your case ready. As for me, there's a 3-4 degrees difference between the Thermochill and the Swiftech, I bought 2 Tripple Swiftech Rads :D  then lapped my cpu....

If you will be cooling only the cpu, then I would choose the swiftech MCP355, change the top, the pump is smaller but has good flowrate. 655 is an overkill for CPU only. But then again.. its a matter of choice.
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October 30, 2008 10:00:50 AM

forgot tubing and coolant? xD
October 30, 2008 10:37:16 AM

Zecow said:
good choice.. but I'd go for a Feser rather than Thermochill. The threads on the Thermochill aren't G1/4 - will have difficulties when changing barbs.
Tripple RAD is an overkill though. Just because its tripple rad, does not mean you can 'freeze' your cpu.. depending on the fab and silicon sheet - some may be OCed to 3.6 + and some not. Several users of the Thermochill mentioned that there isn't much difference on performance when compared to the swiftech rads. But if you have the budget, then get the Feser. These Rads are huge.. so have your case ready. As for me, there's a 3-4 degrees difference between the Thermochill and the Swiftech, I bought 2 Tripple Swiftech Rads :D  then lapped my cpu....

If you will be cooling only the cpu, then I would choose the swiftech MCP355, change the top, the pump is smaller but has good flowrate. 655 is an overkill for CPU only. But then again.. its a matter of choice.


i never thought that would be a overkill!! i did alot homework and found that the thermochill was alot better correct me if im wrong someone??!!!???!
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