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CPU/GPU Cooling Systems for Overclocking

When overclocking the CPU and GPU, what additional methods of cooling are recommended, as to not damage the PC? Also, what aftermarket CPU heatsink/fan do you recommend? Are there ways to keep the GPU cooler when overclocked as well?
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  1. for cpu, the 2 methods of cooling it are thermal place, which will only chance a few degrees, and an aftermarket heatsink. either fan or liquid.

    for gpu aftermarket coolers are available, similar to the cpu's choices but smaller in size(longer in legnth) total.


    the other indirect way of keeping a gpu cool is case airflow and good fans blowing at it/sucking hot air away from it. other methods would be using special designed aftermarket cooled gpus(Sapphire Toxic/HIS IceQ Turbo) to cool them down.
  2. how high an overclock and what cpu are you using.
  3. edit: i realize post wasnt ops post, move along now
  4. cbrunnem said:
    how high an overclock and what cpu are you using.


    I am not sure about how high I will overclock. As for the CPU, it is Intel Core i7 3700K LGA 1155.
  5. dragonborn1337 said:
    I am not sure about how high I will overclock. As for the CPU, it is Intel Core i7 3700K LGA 1155.


    ok if you are going to want to do any none minor overclocking i suggest that you put some money into a good cooling solution for the cpu. it really pumps out heat.
  6. @cbrunnem

    What do you mean by "none minor overclocking"? Also by "good cooling system" do you recommend a liquid cooling system or a high performance air cooled?
  7. i am no expert on this but from what i have read overclocks above 4.3 require real air cooling or liquid cooling. real meaning not an air cooler like a hyper 212+ evo.

    tell us how much you want to spend on a cooling solution and how much you want to overclock.
  8. cbrunnem said:
    i am no expert on this but from what i have read overclocks above 4.3 require real air cooling or liquid cooling. real meaning not an air cooler like a hyper 212+ evo.

    tell us how much you want to spend on a cooling solution and how much you want to overclock.


    Well with a Noctua NH-C14 CPU cooler ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608020&Tpk=noctua%20nh-c14 ) and a ARCTIC COOLING Accelero XTREME Plus II GPU cooler ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186048 ), what kind of overclocking can I safely do(both CPU and GPU)?
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    um if your going with the nh-c14 you could probably get around a 4.3 MAYBE 4.4 if you want to keep you temps under 70*c in prime 95. if you want to go higher then that you should really look at some water cooling.
  10. cbrunnem said:
    um if your going with the nh-c14 you could probably get around a 4.3 MAYBE 4.4 if you want to keep you temps under 70*c in prime 95. if you want to go higher then that you should really look at some water cooling.


    I'm fine with 4.3/4.4. I wasn't looking for anything crazy. What about GPU overclocking with that Arctic? It's an Nvidia GTX 580.
  11. cbrunnem said:



    So are you saying that an aftermarket cooling system for a GTX 580 is unnecessary? Then can a stock 580 heatsink/fan handle an overclock at stable temps? Sorry I am a noob when it comes to this.
  12. Best answer selected by dragonborn1337.
  13. dragonborn1337 said:
    So are you saying that an aftermarket cooling system for a GTX 580 is unnecessary? Then can a stock 580 heatsink/fan handle an overclock at stable temps? Sorry I am a noob when it comes to this.


    yeah unless you want to go water cooling with it in which case they sell 580's ready for water cooling already.
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