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June 5, 2010 3:03:35 PM

hi, i just bought a i7 920, motherboard and 6gb of ram off kijiji for $350 :WIN!:

it had the stock cooler which just wouldnt do :p 

im looking at possible cooling soluitions:

CoolIT ECO A.L.C. water cooler (66 dollars) only this i really would want to spend that much on
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11140AC5872&v...

Coolermaster V8 (60) seems way to much for me :p 
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC9893&v...

Zalman CNPS10X (40) with a fan
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15210AC2075&v...

Zalman CNPS10X (40)
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15210AC6769&v...

Silenx IXC-120HA2 (26) like my sunbeam core contact :) 
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=14210AC4567&v...

Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus (25)
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC8843&v...

for kicks : OCZ Vendetta 2 (20) no i7 support lol
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=13220AC8216&v...


i have artic silver 5 thermal paste and would liek to know if its better then the stuff that comes with the heat sink.

i think ill be switching the fan, like to use dual fans if it helps

fans im looking at

Zalman ZM-F3
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15210AC0114&v...

Scythe Slip Stream Kaze Jyuni (smallest dead zone)
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=14110AC0944&v...

Scythe Ultra Kaze (worried about dead zone)
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=14110AC5417&v...

Silenx iXtrema Pro Quiet
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=14210AC7773&v...

Silverstone 120MM FM121
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=17670AC7817&v...

Silverstone FM122 (32mm, i think the dead zone is a normal size)
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=17670AC0227&v...

if theres a fan or heatsink u think i should use, take a look on directcanada.com and see if its there, as thats where im ordering from because they the cheapest, because i live in ontario and they r in bc, theres no PST, and free shipping on orders over 300


i guess because its for a heatsink/rad, the "Scythe Slip Stream Kaze Jyuni" would be the worst, even though it has up to 110 cfm, and smallest dead zone, it has a low static pressure and wont blow alot of air through the heatsink/rad

case will be the compucase blitz unless the lian k58 with a window comes back in stock

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June 6, 2010 5:22:35 AM

+1 for 212+

please dont get the coolit...its not a solution for watercooling.
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June 6, 2010 6:34:06 AM

i4yue said:
+1 for 212+

please dont get the coolit...its not a solution for watercooling.





4.2 Ghz http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=1196488


I have a 3DMark06 score but I'm pretty limited by my GTX260, even though it has a heavy overclock.

http://service.futuremark.com/compare?3dm06=13930920

I couldn't use a high-end air cooler because of the height limitations of my case, so I gave this a shot, and got all of the performance I was hoping for. To the original poster, take people's opinions here with a grain of salt, buy the stuff that you think is cool, and enjoy your hobby.




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a b K Overclocking
June 6, 2010 5:08:12 PM

+1 Genetic

Not everyone on here will lead you in the right direction (not meaning you, i4yue!), but a lot of us are more than happy to give you suggestions.

I would check out this website, Frostytech: http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm

That link in particular leads you to the top heatsinks they've reviewed (sorted by socket, and either performance or noise). They do reviews on s775 and AM2, but most heatsinks now will come with mounts for 1366/1156 as well.

I'd poke around there for a little to get some more ideas.

Good luck!
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June 6, 2010 5:30:02 PM

The V8 is a very nice piece of hardware, I recomend that one if you want to drop the coin for it.
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a b K Overclocking
June 6, 2010 5:35:15 PM

The V8 is a bit hard to recommend considering that there are less expensive options that perform better.
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June 10, 2010 5:10:36 PM

to genetic - ive always built my own watercooling loops and buying a loop that is prebuilt with only a single 120mm rad just doesnt seem like it can keep up with real watercooling loops.
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June 12, 2010 4:17:32 AM

i4yue said:
to genetic - ive always built my own watercooling loops and buying a loop that is prebuilt with only a single 120mm rad just doesnt seem like it can keep up with real watercooling loops.

The OP isn't looking to build a custom water cooling loop, so I don't know why you're bringing this up.


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a b K Overclocking
June 12, 2010 4:32:33 PM

What is your BUDGET??

What OC speed do you want??

What GPU??

Otherwise everyone is simply babbling out nonsense.
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a b K Overclocking
June 12, 2010 11:14:25 PM

jaquith said:
What is your BUDGET??

He has $20-$66 cooling solutions listed and commented on the higher priced ones so you can presume under $50.

What OC speed do you want??

That will depend on the cooler now won't it, getting a better cooler will allow a better OC or better temps at a lower OC, so the best cooler will still do a better job whatever the OC.

What GPU??

Who cares, it's not gonna matter enough to make a decision on a cooler.

Otherwise everyone is simply babbling out nonsense.

That's just your opinion and it happens to be wrong.


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a b K Overclocking
June 13, 2010 3:05:28 PM

RJR said:

He has $20-$66 cooling solutions listed and commented on the higher priced ones so you can presume under $50.

That will depend on the cooler now won't it, getting a better cooler will allow a better OC or better temps at a lower OC, so the best cooler will still do a better job whatever the OC.

Who cares, it's not gonna matter enough to make a decision on a cooler.

That's just your opinion and it happens to be wrong.


You're clearly a smart guy, and ditto. $20 here $30-$40 there all adds up, and since this is CLEARLY a low budget build severe choices need to be made for allocation of components. In addition, IF the budget isn't sufficient then I would only recommend using the OEM Fan (if included). Maximum PC recently published their June-July supplement with a $675 build.

{ Even people with sufficient funds to do whatever they want still set budgets; case in point my [published] build w/ $1,600 cap. Why? I will be buying 15 copies; (run the math (i7 930 vs i7 980 X 15)), Tom's $1600 March w/CF HD 5870 or My 128 SSD + RAID 1 1TB "office" trade-off, etc. My daughter wants a 3xSLI 480, she's stuck w/470's $6K}
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June 13, 2010 5:52:04 PM

jaquith said:
What is your BUDGET??


The coolers he listed in his post fall into a particular price range. It isn't too hard to figure out what his budget is.

jaquith said:
What OC speed do you want??


I don't see him mentioning anywhere in his post that he want's to overclock his cpu.

jaquith said:
What GPU??


What does it matter?.....at this point to me and everyone else, you are starting to look a bit stupid.

jaquith said:
Otherwise everyone is simply babbling out nonsense.


Thank you for posting in this thread, and putting our nonsense to an end :lol: 
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June 13, 2010 7:09:20 PM

BOTH RHR and geneticweapon ARE IDIOTS, they don't care about anything that makes any sense. Jaquith is the ONLY person trying to help. 

Where's the brains in sacrificing a good hard drive, graphics card, or anything if you spend all your money for a CPU cooler? That is truly stupid!

One of the reasons I read Tom's Hardware is to look for answers and one of them is building a system that's well balanced and works!
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a b K Overclocking
June 13, 2010 8:11:55 PM

AddieM said:
BOTH RHR and geneticweapon ARE IDIOTS, they don't care about anything that makes any sense. Jaquith is the ONLY person trying to help. 

First post, what are you his girlfriend ?

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June 13, 2010 8:41:12 PM

The Dark Knight for 40 dollars? Thats what I bought to cool my i7 960 and my temps are in the 30's after OC to 3.7
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a b K Overclocking
June 13, 2010 9:17:46 PM

delluser1 said:
First post, what are you his girlfriend ?


My wife might have something to say about that... :ange:  I am a big boy and don't need the help.

Here's a good link - http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

If you can find one the Scythe Mugen-2 SCMG-2000 is exceptional for $35.

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a b K Overclocking
June 14, 2010 2:14:47 AM


Haven't been on here in 24 hours and look at all the fun I've missed. Name calling and all. :D 

@genetic, I don't know what your LED temp is reading in your video but your chip doesn't have any kind of accurate temperature sensor but the ones for core temps, so you may want to open Coretemp or Realtemp to verify your temps. Other than that it looks pretty good, a little too high for me but still not bad.

Has anyone else noticed that the OP has not been back since he posted :) 

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June 14, 2010 5:12:58 AM

RJR said:

you may want to open Coretemp or Realtemp to verify your temps. Other than that it looks pretty good, a little too high for me but still not bad.

Ok I'll check that out.

RJR said:


Has anyone else noticed that the OP has not been back since he posted :) 


Yeah, we're having so much fun giving each other crap that it hasn't mattered.
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June 21, 2010 1:20:47 AM

wow, i didnt think anyone was gonna reply to this post, so i posted on overclockers club

those heatsinks were ones i was looking at ordering, as they r ones that the site i order from have, i cant get a h50 as they dont have it

it is a budget build, my system cost me under 1 grand after all was said and done. and i read before, 20 bucks here and there does add up, alot!

i want to overclock, but is it worth spending an extra 20 dollars for a 2c diff?

i ended up buying the zalman 10x performa.

reason:

-i wanted atlest 5 6mm heatpipes or 4 8mm as im using the i7, i wanted thye pipes to cover the whole cpu
-i wanted to do a push pull set up, i can spend 5 bucks on a fan to get the 2c diff, plus makes it look at much more bad ass xD
-mounting hardware, i wanted to get one that i knew would stay firm with good contact

it was 40 dollars, alittle more then i wanted to spend but, it was about the cheapest with everything i wanted

my i7 920 is a C0, so its not legendary lol

i do need help overclocking it, i want to run cool, and i dont know what is "cool" for the i7

not even totally sure what the stock voltage is.... amd is so much easier lol

atm, im at 3.4 trying to find it stable, i dont know if my voltage is alot or what, idk if im even under stock voltage....

3.4ghz with 1.136 volts (cpu-z) 1.14375 bios

56c load temps (room is 27c atm) (8 threads)

i can get 3.8ghz, but i have to go over 1.2v....... i like to be at 3.8, or even 4ghz

ram is corisar 1333mhz 9-9-9 at 1.5v

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