Intel Core i7 3820 @ 4.6Ghz Air Cooled?

Hello I am new to this website I just make an account to ask this question, Can I air cool a i7 3820 and get up to 4.6Ghz? Right now I have an H100 in my wishlist but i'm on a $1800 budget so I want to save a few bucks and go with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 if that would get the job done?

Please anything would be great I just need a quick and short answer if possible!
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  1. With the Corsair H-100 costing $115 you can get a good ait cooler for less and I'm not sure what you can overclock to on the CM 212.
    This one is $30 less and will do the job.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018

    This one is $50 less after rebate and will do the job.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118074

    This one is $40 less after rebate and will do the job.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118097
  2. The first two don't support LGA 2011 and the third gets in the way of the RAM slots
  3. The real answer is maybe. No 2 chips overclock the same and there is no way of knowing until you try. Why do you need 4.6Ghz? Are you running a multi high end GPU setup or do you use video editing or encoding software?

    If your CPU is capable you will need at least a mid to high end air cooler. The big coolers will not block RAM slots if you have low profile RAM. The 3820 is a 130w TDP CPU and will need more than a Hyper 212.
  4. I record gameplay at 1080p, edit and render at 1080p also I play emulators like PCSX2 and JCPSP running on two 1080p monitors also I encode anime from blu-ray rips. So you think the stock 3.6Ghz is enough or do I need to overclock it? I've seen videos on YouTube of people overclocking the i7-3920 with the H100
  5. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103176

    A lot of the bigger heatsinks will cover the first and sometimes the second ram slots so you have to get the low profile ram.
    Not many people get the Sandy Bridge-E so I slipped up and assumed it was the 1155 Sandy Bridge.
  6. Xero247 said:
    I record gameplay at 1080p, edit and render at 1080p also I play emulators like PCSX2 and JCPSP running on two 1080p monitors also I encode anime from blu-ray rips. So you think the stock 3.6Ghz is enough or do I need to overclock it? I've seen videos on YouTube of people overclocking the i7-3920 with the H100



    Oh if you get a "K" model processor then by all means overclock the crap out of it. Just don't have an arbitrary number in mind before overclocking. Your chip might do 4.8Ghz on air or it might only do 4.2Ghz. You just never know until you try.

    You will need something like the Noctua DH 14 or the Phanteks TC14 to cool an 130w TDP chip though. You could also go with the H100.
  7. I decided to go with the i7-2600K I think it's just as good and its bit cheaper too.
  8. LGA 1155 is a cheaper platform than LGA 2011. In my opinion the only reason to get an LGA 2011 platform is for the 6 core chips. The 2600K is a beast of a CPU.
  9. You could also go with a 3770K.
  10. I'm good with the 2600K, thanks for all the advice :D oh you wouldn't happen to know how to use an Xbox 360 controller for Battlefield 3 on PC?
  11. Nope, sorry I don't play BF3 at all. No XBox either for that matter. The only console I have is a Wii and I don't think I have even played it in 3 or 4 years.
  12. You can google that and see what comes up , I believe you need some software that would allow you to use the controller on a pc. What does it have for a connector?
  13. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/906347

    This is what Google brought up.
  14. I see the op has changed his choice in CPU. I wanted to point out the Noctua NH-D14 will do an excellent job cooling a 3820 with a decent overclock (was running that cooler prior to switching to water). The D-14 will fit on an Asus socket 2011 board with an X-socket with no additional hardware needed. If you don't have an X-socket board, you simply have to contact Noctua and they will send you a free socket 2011 hardware kit for your 2011 (they request a cop of your invoice proving you either have a 2011 proc, or a 2011 mobo).

    The main reason I recommend the 2011 is for the 40 version 3.0 PCI Express lanes allowing you to run quad sli at 16x , 16x using 690's or 590's. As a bonus Ivy Bridge Extreme will be released soon and will be on the 2011 socket as well so there is life left in it.
  15. Xero247 said:
    Hello I am new to this website I just make an account to ask this question, Can I air cool a i7 3820 and get up to 4.6Ghz? Right now I have an H100 in my wishlist but i'm on a $1800 budget so I want to save a few bucks and go with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 if that would get the job done?

    Please anything would be great I just need a quick and short answer if possible!



    Thermalright "Macho Rev. A." and "Maco 120."

    "Macho 120" is only 150mm tall, so far the shortest 120mm fan tower cooler one can find in the market.

    "Macho Rev. A" is unbeatable performance and quiet!
  16. Xero247 said:
    I'm good with the 2600K, thanks for all the advice :D oh you wouldn't happen to know how to use an Xbox 360 controller for Battlefield 3 on PC?


    Battlefield 3 on PC is meant to be played on keyboard, as any other FPS game. However I do use the Xbox 360 controller to play racing games, like F1 2012, Dirt3, etc.

    By the way, the 2600K processors do not go hot like the i7 3820 while overclocked, so for only $30 you can get the Hyper 212 EVO http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
  17. This is why you should pick a best answer. So months old threads don't get revived.
  18. Xero247 said:
    Hello I am new to this website I just make an account to ask this question, Can I air cool a i7 3820 and get up to 4.6Ghz? Right now I have an H100 in my wishlist but i'm on a $1800 budget so I want to save a few bucks and go with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 if that would get the job done?

    Please anything would be great I just need a quick and short answer if possible!
    I know this is an old post but I'm running the 3820 as well with a CM 212 EVO but I also installed another identical fan reversed on the opposite side hooked to the CPU OPT fan plug for a push pull design and it works well.
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