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March 31, 2010 3:30:37 PM

So, after hearing all the hype about I7 and how great it is, i figured its finally time to buy. But, if i were to buy it, i almost HAVE to overclock it!

My question is cooling. I always like buying pre-built systems, and of course you have a little ability to choose your cooling options.

I was hoping to find someone who has had a good experience with Asetek LCLC, but it seems it was a dead idea / poor product. So, in order to try and keep a computer to as budget as i can (and still overclock to a decent speed, i dont need the absolute highest though), what should i go with? Air, or Water? Also, if i have a Water cooler with a reservoir, what are the chances of something ripping or breaking or something ruining the computer? I've never used water cooling before.

Also, should i go with an I7-930 current version, or is there some type of revision i should wait for when the multiplier is fixed or what not?

Thanks in advance.

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a b K Overclocking
March 31, 2010 5:31:35 PM

I highly recommend you build your own PC.

At any rate, a Asetek set up is NOT REAL water cooling, it's completely different as it's a sealed set up. A good air cooler will beat it.
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a b K Overclocking
March 31, 2010 7:42:41 PM

+1 what shadow said.

If you can insert an electrical plug into a wall outlet, insert a slice of bread in a toaster, and use a screwdriver then you can build your own computer.
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a b K Overclocking
March 31, 2010 7:45:06 PM

Here is a link to a recent Tom's Hardware article with useful information about 10 popular cpu heatsinks:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/lga-1156-heatsink,2...

I know the article states Intel LGA 1156 heatsinks but just about all of them are also compatible with Intel LGA 1366 cpu's

Here is a link to a very good web site with more useful information about cpu heatsinks that will help you make an informed decision:

http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm

You can use the Google embedded search feature at the web site to find more information about heatsinks for specific cpu sockets.

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