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May 9, 2011 12:03:03 PM

hi everyone i can play games like black ops and gta4 at 60+ FPS but flight simulator x runs at about 15-40 i did play with the setting and took off the frame limiter and im guessing i might need to do some overclocking to get it running fast so heres my setup

Intel I5 2500K (stock cooler)
Gigabyte P67A-D3-B3
Sappire HD 6850
Corsair Vengence 8gb (no idea about the speed as every program tells me different heres a shot of cpuz)
http://img233.imageshack.us/i/screenshotstudiocapturep....
http://img808.imageshack.us/i/screenshotstudiocaptureuf...

Any advise would be great thanks guys.

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May 13, 2011 7:32:12 PM

Start with a good after-market heatsink of your choice.
May 13, 2011 8:31:44 PM

Thanks for the reply
i was thinking about the corsair h70 would that do the job?.
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May 13, 2011 10:39:43 PM

Yes! That would do a terrific job of cooling! Much better than air cooled heatsinks. Just make sure that you use the proper recommended coolant, and not tap water. Tap water contains minerals which will get deposited on the cooling tubes thereby lowering the cooling efficiency (heat transfer). If you need to dilute the coolant per instructions if necessary, use distilled water.
May 13, 2011 10:53:42 PM

is there any other decent liquid coolers coolers other than that for under £100 thanks
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May 13, 2011 11:14:14 PM

SB runs pretty cool so unless your room is a sauna even a cheap air cooler is good enough to cool the cpu before you hit the multiplier wall. You can look a lot on this forum the cm 212+ is suggested. Even higher end air coolers cost less and perform as well as the h70. Take the NH D14 for instance. http://www.futurelooks.com/corsair-hydro-series-h70-hig...
May 13, 2011 11:14:23 PM

The H70 is self contained, so it is ready to go right out of the box.
May 13, 2011 11:28:22 PM

well i got like £100 so what cooler would you guys recommend?
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May 13, 2011 11:48:05 PM

Look at Prolimatech Megahalems or equivalent.
May 14, 2011 12:19:12 AM

for an air cooler its as expensive as the h70
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May 14, 2011 12:53:52 AM

k2xblazer said:
for an air cooler its as expensive as the h70

Right! Two different manufacturing processes.
May 14, 2011 11:21:16 AM

it looks like an amazing cooler and ive seen some people say its just as good if not better than the h70 in some cases but my only problem is would it fit in an NZXT Phantom case?
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May 14, 2011 2:47:36 PM

k2xblazer said:
it looks like an amazing cooler and ive seen some people say its just as good if not better than the h70 in some cases but my only problem is would it fit in an NZXT Phantom case?

It is *** full tower case, and the Megahalem will fit. One advantage of an air heatsink is that there is no water (coolant) to mess with and cause leaks.

Your main concern should be clearance for the tall heat spreaders in certain models of RAM (one example - Corsair Dominator).
May 14, 2011 3:16:44 PM

ah okay thanks do you know how much you can OC the i5 until you have to change the voltages because i know how to change the speed etc. but i dont want to mess with the voltages.
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May 14, 2011 3:27:32 PM

Every cpu is different but you'll get around 4.3.
May 14, 2011 3:31:32 PM

wicked thanks im just suprised how i can play black ops/gta4 on max but FSX lags like hell
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May 14, 2011 3:43:06 PM

Adjust the voltage upwards in small increments of 0.050 volts. Do not exceed 1.350 volts even though Intel's specs will say 1.502 volts or something like that.

(BTW, I will get my Black Ops delivered next week). :) 
May 14, 2011 3:53:57 PM

i would adjust the voltages but im worried id break it 0_0
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May 14, 2011 4:02:20 PM

k2xblazer said:
i would adjust the voltages but im worried id break it 0_0

As long as you do not exceed 1.350 volts, and as long as you do not get abnormally high temps, you will do fine.
Acceptable temps: Idle <40 degs C, Load <70 degs C
May 14, 2011 4:05:24 PM

ok thanks well im getting the nzxt phantom case very soon as soon as the shop has it ile set it up and let you know how it goes with the OCing (have fun with black ops god mode on zombies is wicked XD)
May 14, 2011 9:37:55 PM

one more thing is it the cpu holding me back on fsx or the gpu? thanks
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May 14, 2011 9:50:30 PM

k2xblazer said:
one more thing is it the cpu holding me back on fsx or the gpu? thanks

No. The CPU you have is plenty fast and powerful even with no overclocking.
May 14, 2011 11:19:16 PM

why would it lagg then? i cant figure it out.thanks
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May 15, 2011 12:27:02 AM

k2xblazer said:
why would it lagg then? i cant figure it out.thanks

Set the GPU to default settings. Then set the game settings to default settings. Give it a try. You have plenty of RAM (8 GBs).

I have an i7-920 and a GTX-275 (not as good as your GPU) and COD and Flight Sim. run great. FS requires only a 1 GHz processor per their specs. Therefore, it is not your hardware, but some settings probably on the game.
May 15, 2011 11:11:39 AM

hmm i installed fsx sp1 and it runs a s**t load faster nw thanks for the advise XD
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