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Stock, or After Market Air Cooler for i7 950?

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March 4, 2010 3:36:45 PM

Hey guys. I have never overclocked before, though I am not new to building my own machine.

I'm building a new computer with the following Components:

Intel Core i7 950 (CPU) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB RAM) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (MoBo) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This will be in an Antec 1200 Case, with the CP-850 PSU. This is also an SLI rig, so please take that space into account if you need to.


Now, after doing some reading, I found that I'm going to need to OC the memory (and therefore the memory controler) to achieve the timings the RAM is rated to run at, I plan on doing this using the XMP Profile.

That being said I had no intentions of overclocking at all, I never have had that intention. But, if using XMP is as easy as I've read, I'd probably be willing to do that.

But with that being the case, I now need a good Heat Sink and Fan that I can use to keep the CPU cool when the memory controler voltage goes up (presumably).

So, my question is, what HSF should I use?

Aesthetics are important to me, but adequate cooling will always be top priority.

Thanks for the help!
a b K Overclocking
March 4, 2010 5:11:18 PM

You really will not need to dissipate that much heat if you are not overclocking the CPU. THe IMC (integrated memory controller) does not give off that much heat.
You never know though, you may find yourself wanting to overclock.

Here are the top 5 heatsinks out there right now:
http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm

The titan fenrir xmas edition is definetly the sexiest heatsink i have seen in a long time... depends how much money you are willing to spend though...
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10058/cpu-ttn-04/Tita...

Here is the inside of his system, this is one of my favorite pics!


What is your budget?
March 4, 2010 7:49:35 PM

Money isn't much of an issue, this is comming out of my tax return. I'm mostly worried about functionality and longevity.

If I had to give a number though, I'd say around $100 would be preferable. Thanks!
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