Coolers and heatsinks

I was wondering when i want to overclock the cpu do i need a liquit cooling or the best heatsink will do fine
and also what are the brands i should go for

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  1. Can you first tell me what processor you are using, the current speed, your motherboard specs and what clock speed you are trying to aim for.
  2. As indicated above, the question is easier to answer if we know the Processor / MoBo combo. Also important is the quality of the PSU because as your GFX cards pull amps, voltages tend to slip a but and how far you can OC much depends on how stable that voltage is. Tier 3 PSU's will meet the ATX spec of +/- 5% ...... Tier 2 (Corsair TX, Antec EA / TP) will generally get ya 2-3%, Tier 1 (Antec SG / CP, Corsair AX / HX, XFX Black, Seasonic X) will get you 1%.

    The Power Regulation of your MoBo also comes into play. Enthusiast OC boards like the Rampage series from Asus invest a lot of their component dollars on this part of the design.

    Some processors OC better than general, the newer the better. Sandy Bridge processors can get up to 4.6 GHz on the stock cooler. There are many web sites which keep databases on cooler performance but it is important to know what CPU socket is used on their test bed as CPU's of different types have entirely different heat signatures. For example, uses the 775 socket CPU's making the test data irrelevant to 1366 or 1155 CPUs. Performance even varies among processors as you will see minor performance differences between even the 920, 930, 950, 960 as the 1-2-3 positions on the 920, might switch to say 3-1-2 on the 950.

    BMR ( top performers are:

    Thermalright Venomous X
    Thermalright Silver Arrow
    Cooler Master V6 GT
    Prolimatech Megahalems
    Antec Kuhler 620
    Scythe Mugen 2

    Some of those are the results of recent tests and were net as yet tested as of their ast "roundup" in Q3 2010 in which the 1st tier and 2nd tier coolers were ranked.

    Top Performers (1st tier)

    * Prolimatech Megahalems
    * Thermalright Venomous-X RT
    * Scythe Mugen 2 SCMG-2100
    * ProlimaTech Super Mega
    * Cogage Arrow
    * ProlimaTech Armageddon
    * Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme
    * Cogage TRUE Spirit
    * Xigmatek Balder SD1283
    * SilenX Effizio EFZ-120HA4
    * Titan FENRIR TTC-NK85TZ

    Highly Recommended (2nd tier)

    * Noctua NH-D14
    * Zalman CNPS10X-Performa
    * Coolink Corator-DS Heatsink
    * CoolAge CA-X120TF Wind Tunnel
    * Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme
    * Thermolab BARAM
    * Xigmatek Thor's Hammer S126384
    * Scythe Yasya SCYS-1000 Cooler
    * Noctua NH-U12P
    * Cooler Master V6 GT Heatsink
    * Thermaltake Contac-29 CLP0568
    * Zalman CNPS10X-Quiet
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