Want to avoid water cooling...How High?

Is it possible to OC a gaming rig without liquid cooling? how high would be reasonable?

probable first build:

CASE: CM 690 ii advanced

MOBO: z77 UDH5 gigabyte

CPU: i7-3770k

PSU: SeaSonic platinum 1000w

RAM: 16 gb Mushkin enhanced blackline DDR3 1600

Storage: 120 gb SSD (brand and SSD size open to suggestion)+ 1 tb western digital 7200 rpm

optical drive: blu-ray (open to brand suggestions)

GPU- ASUS 2gb gtx 670
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  1. Yes, a high end cooler like the Noctua NH-D14 will serve you well.
  2. Quote:
    CPU: i7-3770k


    Going to be getting warm; IB chips heat up a lot more than SB chips when overclocking.
  3. Dometologist said:
    Is it possible to OC a gaming rig without liquid cooling? how high would be reasonable?

    probable first build:

    CASE: CM 690 ii advanced

    MOBO: z77 UDH5 gigabyte

    CPU: i7-3770k

    PSU: SeaSonic platinum 1000w

    RAM: 16 gb Mushkin enhanced blackline DDR3 1600

    Storage: 120 gb SSD (brand and SSD size open to suggestion)+ 1 tb western digital 7200 rpm

    optical drive: blu-ray (open to brand suggestions)

    GPU- ASUS 2gb gtx 670


    a good aircooler like Coolermaster Hyper 612 PWM will do just fine.
    BTW,you don't need 1000w platinum power supply.a quality 750w will handle 670 SLi+overclocks very well.i would suggest this one-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021&cm_sp=Cat_Power_Supplies-_-Spotlight-_-17-139-021
    $90 after rebates is a great deal.
    for SSD,crucial m4 128gb for $125 is a good buy-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442
    most reliable and fast enough.
    get a blu ray only if blu ray movies are high priority.this one will do http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136241fine-
    contribute towards a better case like antec 1100,haf 922,or 400r depending on your personal preference.
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