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Best cooling for lga 1155 i7 quad sandy bridge

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a b K Overclocking
December 23, 2011 1:30:35 PM

i have 100 dollars budget for best bang for my buck, it willl be inside a halfx
a c 183 K Overclocking
December 23, 2011 6:01:10 PM

The SA and D-14 are too close to call a winner.
The SA has better fans imo =quieter
Cheaper then the D-14 anywhere you care to look!
Thermalright Silver Arrow
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=58634&vpn=Silver%20Arr...
Personally i'd never pay over $60 to cool an already cool and efficient cpu.
But that's your call!
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a c 105 K Overclocking
December 23, 2011 10:18:41 PM

Scythe Mugen 3. Beats the Hyper 212 by 6-7C and is $50. Hard to beat in either price or performance. Also is nearly silent.
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a b K Overclocking
December 27, 2011 11:56:45 PM

itd be nice but i think its to big because im gonna use all 4 dimm slots
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a b K Overclocking
December 28, 2011 12:15:09 AM

from what i understand on the nh-d14 you can move the fan up to make clearance.
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December 28, 2011 5:34:43 AM

budget is hyper 212+ or EVO
mid range - CM Hyper 612 PWM or Mugen 3
top - Phantek, thermalright Archon rev A ( with 2 150mm fans) or noctua
I'd honestly go for 612pwm .. that extra 2-3 degrees dos not worth $50 imo
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a b K Overclocking
December 28, 2011 7:53:07 PM

the phanteks have been proven to cool better. and if i remember right they cool surrounding parts better too
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a b K Overclocking
December 28, 2011 8:46:35 PM

the 212 evo or plus, are you able to adujust the fan because ill have all 4 dimms being used so i can take advantage of the dual channel and ill have vengance so its pretty tall ram
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a b K Overclocking
December 28, 2011 9:03:06 PM

why are you buying a 30 dollar cooler if you wanted to spend 100 max. your leaving 10 degrees on the table by buying one of those.
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a b K Overclocking
December 28, 2011 9:07:02 PM

because you must be doing fine if you have the same cpu im gonna use and only have it at 4ghz rather than 4.5 and you have a 212+ plus the hafx has massive amounts of airflow to help cool it aswell
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a c 105 K Overclocking
December 28, 2011 9:56:24 PM

To be honest you are really wasting money spending over $50 to cool a Sandy Bridge chip. They run really cool and pretty much any aftermarket cooler will get them to their max overclock. Heat is not generally the limiting factor in overclocking them. Save the $$ and get a better video card.
Just remember to keep the voltage under 1.4v.
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a b K Overclocking
December 28, 2011 10:49:27 PM

anort3 said:
To be honest you are really wasting money spending over $50 to cool a Sandy Bridge chip. They run really cool and pretty much any aftermarket cooler will get them to their max overclock. Heat is not generally the limiting factor in overclocking them. Save the $$ and get a better video card.
Just remember to keep the voltage under 1.4v.


false i hit uncomfortable temps before i will bsod. it can do anything at 5.0 but it hits 80 plus temps. temperature is more damaging then voltage is
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a c 105 K Overclocking
December 28, 2011 11:09:59 PM

cbrunnem said:
false i hit uncomfortable temps before i will bsod. it can do anything at 5.0 but it hits 80 plus temps. temperature is more damaging then voltage is



Heat does kill but overvoltage introduces a phenomon called electromigration. The rate of electromigration is largely determined by the current density. Your individual chip may or may not be susceptible to it but it has been seen in Sandy Bridge at 1.4v and up. Anything lower and there seems to be no risk. There is also little reason to go beyond 4.5Ghz as an everyday overclock as the gains are too small to be noticeable.

This article explains better.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/automatic-overclock...
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a b K Overclocking
December 28, 2011 11:39:10 PM

this is why im only gonna overclock my 2600k to 4ghz lol more than enough with dual 6970s to run games
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a b K Overclocking
December 29, 2011 12:44:37 AM

robthatguyx said:
this is why im only gonna overclock my 2600k to 4ghz lol more than enough with dual 6970s to run games


youd be surprised
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a b K Overclocking
December 29, 2011 1:02:13 AM

at what?
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a b K Overclocking
December 29, 2011 1:16:34 AM

crossfiring 6970 with no bottleneck at 4.0
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a b K Overclocking
December 29, 2011 1:22:18 AM

whats a bottleneck? would i be surprised bad or good way?
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December 29, 2011 4:02:45 PM

cybneo said:
alot of people go with the COOLER MASTER Hyper 212, but i've been using zalman coolers for years with no issues... plus i just like the look of the fin type fans. I currently have this zalman http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm planning to get this one as well. Deciding which CPU fan to get was one of the toughest decisions in my mission to build a computer on my own, I must've spent at least 20 hours researching various reviews and benchmarks and Zalman 9900 MAX seems to be the best choice in that price range.
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December 29, 2011 4:13:22 PM

robthatguyx said:
whats a bottleneck? would i be surprised bad or good way?

Bottleneck in this case means that the potential of dual HD 6970s won't be fully used because of 2500K clocked at "only" 4.0 GHz. In other words, too much GPU power and insufficient CPU power to back it up.
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a b K Overclocking
December 29, 2011 6:17:30 PM

then what should i do, going from that 2600k to the 6core proseccors you only get around a 15 percent increase in power it doesnt seem worth it to me a 1199 bucks
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December 29, 2011 6:33:24 PM

No one said you need a better CPU, you can easily clock 2600K to at least 4.5 GHz.
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a b K Overclocking
December 29, 2011 6:45:22 PM

^ +1
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a b K Overclocking
December 29, 2011 8:40:01 PM

with a 212+ or evo and keep it stable?
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December 29, 2011 8:46:06 PM

Yes. But I'd get 612pwm just to be sure
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a b K Overclocking
December 29, 2011 8:51:35 PM

im just worried with a fan that size as the 612 that it will cover up 1 of my dimm slots
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a b K Overclocking
December 29, 2011 8:53:43 PM

robthatguyx said:
im just worried with a fan that size as the 612 that it will cover up 1 of my dimm slots


do you have low profile ram?
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a b K Overclocking
December 29, 2011 8:58:41 PM

crosair vengance def not low profile lol
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December 29, 2011 9:07:26 PM

robthatguyx said:
crosair vengance def not low profile lol

Though they do make low-profile models of the Vengeance series.
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a b K Overclocking
December 29, 2011 9:17:36 PM

i diddnt know this i shall check this out lol
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a b K Overclocking
December 29, 2011 9:38:00 PM

well thank you doomsworld89 i diddnt know that corsair had this, it will be much much easier to get the cooler now lol
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December 29, 2011 10:32:21 PM

No worries, I'm glad that I could help out!
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December 29, 2011 10:36:44 PM

robthatguyx said:
crosair vengance def not low profile lol

If you still haven't bought RAM, definitely consider getting low profile Vengeance if it's available in store where you're buying.

I myself wanted low profile so I could use Corsair A70, but there aren't any in my country so I bought the regular ones (and decided to go with different CPU cooler instead because A70 covers 2 DIMM slots).
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a b K Overclocking
December 29, 2011 11:29:10 PM

ordering everything off newegg in one buy overnight shipping lol very soon very soon
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a c 105 K Overclocking
December 30, 2011 12:59:23 AM

robthatguyx said:
ordering everything off newegg in one buy overnight shipping lol very soon very soon



Enjoy your new toy!

I got mine a year ago and had to deal with the defective motherboard fiasco. It was fun building in January and then having my motherboard's SATA ports degrade to the point where I could only have the SSD connected with no backup drives. Even then it would fail to boot about every other time. Thankfully newegg and Gigabyte fixed it as soon as they had new hardware out. Still had to completely rebuild in April though.
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a b K Overclocking
December 30, 2011 3:59:19 AM

well that sucks atleast its up and running now, whats the bennifit of haveing win ultimate over home premium?
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a b K Overclocking
December 30, 2011 5:15:09 PM

i think im conttent with home premium lol thats what my acer has and i dont see anything wrong with it,alltho it uses alo of memory usually my pcs using around 1.2 gigs witch i find odd because my old laptop only had 1 gig and ran fine on xp
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a b K Overclocking
December 30, 2011 5:16:29 PM

and personal opinionsplease is 16gigs of ram overkill? alot of pple tell me it is but others say the more the better leaves at a stand still
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December 30, 2011 5:22:17 PM

robthatguyx said:
and personal opinionsplease is 16gigs of ram overkill? alot of pple tell me it is but others say the more the better leaves at a stand still

If you are just gaming, sixteen gigabytes is indeed over-kill.
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a c 105 K Overclocking
December 30, 2011 5:36:03 PM

^ This

For gaming 8GB is fine. In fact few games benefit from more than 4GB but a few do and DDR3 is dirt cheap right now so you might as well go with 8GB and futureproof. If you use Photoshop or will be doing video rendering or running other memory intensive programs then you might want to think about 16GB.
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a b K Overclocking
December 30, 2011 8:14:35 PM

im going for strait gaming pc no photo edititing atall lol, i used to be a hardcore 360 play and such im just wanting to get to the best i can have for money right now and that seems this setup
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December 30, 2011 8:28:38 PM

Then eight gigabytes should be more than enough for the time being.
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a b K Overclocking
December 30, 2011 10:21:48 PM

crysis 2 maxed?
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a b K Overclocking
December 30, 2011 11:30:55 PM

robthatguyx said:
crysis 2 maxed?


one 6970 would max the game
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