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October 26, 2010 3:12:50 AM

Hey everyone. I'm building my first gaming computer and am planning on doing some moderate overclocking ( any suggestions on what a good stable/safe range to shoot for would be appreciated). I was wondering what CPU cooler you guys would recommend? I am trying to keep cost low, but still would like to get as much performance as possible.

The current plan is

Case: Cooler Master Haf-932 Black
CPU: i7 950
Fan: Prolimatech megahalems + fans
Motherboard: Asus X58 Premium
Memory: Kingston hyper X6gb ram
Video Card: Graphics card (at least a 6870 and plans for eventual crossfire/sli)
Power Supply: XFX 750W (not sure if i need more power
Hard Drive: Western Digital 7200 RPM 1TB 64MB
Optical Drive: Asus Black 24x DVD/CD


I feel like the megahalems and noctua might just be a waste of money as they are the top of the line air coolers and I don't think that I am going to push overclocking to the point where i will need that much. Any advice would be great.

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a b K Overclocking
October 26, 2010 11:05:01 AM

stick with the original choice if your budget allows you........ you can always go crazy with ur OC!!!!!!!!

If you want to go budget then look at Scythe Mugen 2 rev B or Arctic Cooling Freezer Xtreme Rev.2 (not sure with the second one.......mixed reviews).............. all for under $40..........
a b K Overclocking
October 26, 2010 11:05:54 AM

Im aware there will be a lot of people rooting for 212 plus........... but not advisable for OC'd i7 950........
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a b K Overclocking
October 26, 2010 12:32:01 PM

Do you need dual NICs ?
If not, downgrade to the P6X58D-E, the cash you save there will cover the extra for the Megahalems.

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a b K Overclocking
October 26, 2010 2:02:24 PM
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Keep the Megahalems it is well worth it.
The recommended coolers from abully are good and he is right about the Hyper212+ not really being enough for an OCed i7 950. There are a lot mixed reviews when using it on the i7 9*0 series CPUs.
October 26, 2010 2:17:58 PM

These are my recommendations after alot of research and reading:


Prolimatech Megahalems - Platinum Micro $59.99

Cooler Master Hyper 212+ - Newegg $37.50

Scythe Mugen 2 Rev B. / SCMG-2100 - Newegg $40




Also check out my thread on the same topic: Which i7 Heatsink?

Has alot of good links to reviews of the top CPU heatsinks out there.
October 26, 2010 8:58:22 PM

I think that I am going to go with the P6X58D-E, what are the suggestions on some good fans for it? I've heard sycthe and delta (which to me are just too loud) any others? Price range is $20-$30
October 26, 2010 11:33:42 PM

thanks for the advice, what about a Corsair H50? I know that it is up there with the high end air coolers, it takes up less room and costs less (no need to buy more fans)
a b K Overclocking
October 27, 2010 12:35:26 AM

The H50 is ok but most high end air coolers will perform better. I think you would be disappointed in the performance.
If you are planning on an all in one cooling setup I would atleast go with the H70.
October 27, 2010 12:57:18 AM

thanks, I think i am going to go with the Megahalems thanks for all the help
October 27, 2010 12:57:29 AM

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a b K Overclocking
October 27, 2010 1:12:17 AM

Thanks for the BA and good luck. [:bohleyk:1]
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