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Cooler for an i7-930

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May 31, 2010 12:45:20 AM

I'm looking for a cooler for $50 or less, for my i7-930. I'm hoping to overclock 4.0GHz, but am not set on that speed. Mainly I just want to fully utilize the overclockability of the i7-930 for a reasonable price.
What cooler do you recommend?

The possibly relevant parts of my system are:
ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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a c 293 K Overclocking
May 31, 2010 2:05:34 AM

Hi.

This Titan Fenrir is a good option for u.
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a b K Overclocking
May 31, 2010 4:55:41 PM

Good recommendation by saint19 - the heatsink looks similar to Megahalem which is also a good heatsink.

I noticed that you have G.SKILL PI Series RAM - check whether the RAM height will physically interfere with the heatsink. This was the issue with my Corsair Dominator RAM which is tall similar to G.SKILL PI Series. This was what prevented me from installing a Megahalem heatsink (now have V8 heatsink).

I suggest polishing the heatsink base flat (leave the CPU alone). And go with AS5 thermal compound applied per recommendations found elsewhere on this site.
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a c 293 K Overclocking
May 31, 2010 6:31:58 PM

^+1.

Check the size (high) of ur RAM, the PI series are a little high and the Fenrir could have problems for the installation.

U also can see here some recomendations for installation and application of the thremal grase depending of the cooler Surface Finish Impact that u cooler have.
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May 31, 2010 9:28:00 PM

I'll be using AS5 for my thermal paste.
What about the Hyper Cooler 212+?
Is it any good?
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a c 293 K Overclocking
May 31, 2010 9:31:56 PM

The Hyper 212+ is one of the best for price/performance, but can't be compared against the Fenrir because the Fenrir is much better.

But with the Hyper 212+ u also can get the 4GHz I did it with one in my X4 955.
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May 31, 2010 9:53:20 PM

How can I tell if the RAM will fit?
Do you think the Hyper 212+ will fit?
(I don't actually have the RAM on me, since I'm out of town)
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a c 293 K Overclocking
May 31, 2010 10:09:43 PM

^I'm not sure about that since the PI series are more high that the normal RAM. Let me check this night for information.
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May 31, 2010 10:21:04 PM

I really don't need to go overboard in terms of cooling, since my cpu will easily keep up with my gpu's....I think I should just buy the Hyper 212+ since it will be smaller and cheaper.
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May 31, 2010 11:05:43 PM

If you are buying from newegg, check out the SCMG-2100.
Cooling that is almost as good as a noctua NH-D14 for less money than a hyper 212+.
The only concern is size.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/lga-1156-heatsink,2...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For ram with smaller heatsinks at the same price with only very slightly less performance:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you can afford the extra 30$:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EDIT: Never mind about the ram, I see you already have the PI.
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May 31, 2010 11:12:42 PM

From amazon the hyper 212+ is only $30, so there isn't actually a price advantage
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May 31, 2010 11:26:41 PM

Well, I'd love to get something with good cooling, I just don't know how to judge whether or not my memory will block it. I'd hate to get a $50 cooler, only to discover it is too big.
Thanks for the link to microcenter, that's a great price.

Edit:
Actually, I could return my memory, which would be a loss of $30, but might be necessary.
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a b K Overclocking
June 1, 2010 2:14:54 AM

dfield said:
How can I tell if the RAM will fit?
Do you think the Hyper 212+ will fit?
(I don't actually have the RAM on me, since I'm out of town)


The width of the Hyper 212 is 79.7mm and the fan width is 25mm.

Therefore 1/2 x 79.7 + 25 +1/2 x RAM thickness = 64.85mm (rounded to 65mm) +1/2 x RAM thickness is what you will need from the centerline of the CPU to the centerline of the RAM slot nearest the CPU.

You need 65mm + 1/2 x RAM thickness = dimension from centerline of CPU to centerline of RAM slot nearest the CPU. To this dimension you must add 1.0mm clearance.

I did not see the thickness of the G Skill PI RAM in the specs. You may have to physically measure this or call the factory.

In my case, I went to a computer store and physically measured the RAM dimensions before I made my decision as to which heatsink to purchase. From this measurement, I concluded that I needed to provide an undercut of about 2.0mm to the fan in order to make the Megahalem work. I decided against doing this and purchased a Cooler Master V8 instead (the V10 was totally out of the question because of RAM height and clearances).

With this type of information, you can avoid most surprises.

Good luck!
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