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What`s the best CPU Cooler for i7-3770K 4.2GHz - 4.4GHz?

Hello, i`m going to build new HIGH-END Gaming PC this cristhmas. I just need a good CPU AIR Cooller for my system. I`m going to use MSI Z77 Mpower motherboard and i want to use OC GenieII to overclock my system. I want to ask for a CPU AIR Cooler that can run my system at low temps with OC GenieII?
Can the EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler handle that overclocks? Is it good for high-end pc ?

My build specs.
i7-3770K 4.2GHz - 4.4GHz
MSI GTX 680 Lightning
MSI Z77 Mpower
G.Skill Sniper 8GB 1600MHz Low Voltage
Cpu cooler ??? (probably EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler)
Corsair TX 850W
Cm Storm Trooper
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  1. Noctua NH-D14 is a great heatsink.
    Evo212 is very good for the price.
    The very best is a Phanteks TC-14 if you buy a 3rd CPU Fan but becomes very expensive at 1,5º more effeccient than the Noctua.

    Personnaly I'd go noctua for some serious OC.
  2. Okay, first of all, please don't get an i7. Games don't use hyperthreading, so it's a waste of $100 that could be put towards other parts. (There's a difference of 2 fps between an i7 and an i5, and that's in games that are CPU intensive.)

    Second of all, a GTX 680 is a waste - it's literally 5% better for $100 more than a 670, and when they're overclocked, they perform almost exactly the same.

    You could save a lot on your power supply, but keep it if you are thinking of going SLI later.

    Don't get the EVGA cooler. Go with a Hyper 212 EVO if you only want to hit 4.4GHz (My i5 hit it on a 212+, which is a lower level model. The EVO will outperform the EVGA for $20 less) If you want a HEAVY overclock, get the Noctua NH-D14.

    Also, please don't use "GenieII." Software is fine for overclocking the GPU, but leave overclocking the CPU up to the BIOS.
  3. Overclock through the BIOS.

    850W is overkill for the 680, even for 2 of them.

    What games are you going to play, and what programs are you going to use?
  4. Very good comments from three posters above^^^
  5. DarkSable said:
    Okay, first of all, please don't get an i7. Games don't use hyperthreading, so it's a waste of $100 that could be put towards other parts. (There's a difference of 2 fps between an i7 and an i5, and that's in games that are CPU intensive.)

    Second of all, a GTX 680 is a waste - it's literally 5% better for $100 more than a 670, and when they're overclocked, they perform almost exactly the same.

    You could save a lot on your power supply, but keep it if you are thinking of going SLI later.

    Don't get the EVGA cooler. Go with a Hyper 212 EVO if you only want to hit 4.4GHz (My i5 hit it on a 212+, which is a lower level model. The EVO will outperform the EVGA for $20 less) If you want a HEAVY overclock, get the Noctua NH-D14.

    Also, please don't use "GenieII." Software is fine for overclocking the GPU, but leave overclocking the CPU up to the BIOS.


    bf3 uses hyperthreading and a lot of people play bf3
  6. cbrunnem said:
    bf3 uses hyperthreading and a lot of people play bf3

    It doesn't. Get a clue.
  7. ilysaml said:
    It doesn't. Get a clue.


    are you kidding right now? is that why i showing 65-75% cpus usage and bf3 multiplayer shows improvement with hyperthreading and 6 core cpus?

    you get a clue
  8. cbrunnem said:
    are you kidding right now? is that why i showing 65-75% cpus usage and bf3 multiplayer shows improvement with hyperthreading and 6 core cpus?

    you get a clue



    And the BIG ONE
  9. amuffin said:
    Overclock through the BIOS.

    850W is overkill for the 680, even for 2 of them.

    What games are you going to play, and what programs are you going to use?

    I`m going to play skyrim with enb and other graphical mods ,BF3 and upcoming g :) ames like Hitman, GTA5, Crysys3
  10. cbrunnem said:
    you are such a noob. everyone (at least i thought everyone) knows that single player is not cpu dependent but multiplayer is. so again get a clue.

    http://cdn.overclock.net/1/12/500x1000px-LL-1287dd90_19920238312506.png

    I have to agree with him....

    All 8 threads are loaded on my 2600K when I play 64multi.
  11. amuffin said:
    I have to agree with him....

    All 8 threads are loaded on my 2600K when I play 64multi.

    I'll have to admit your ignorance too.
    The image shows different CPUs benched in Multiplayer in minimum and average FPS, what does it have to do with Hyperthreading?
    The game loads your 2600K threads but it doesn't benefit from it.
  12. cbrunnem said:
    everyone (at least i thought everyone) knows that single player is not cpu dependent but multiplayer is. so again get a clue.

    http://cdn.overclock.net/1/12/500x1000px-LL-1287dd90_19920238312506.png

    This is true, but you still haven't shown a benchmark in MP showing the difference between Hyperthreading on/off.
    One more time for the slow, GET A CLUE.
  13. ilysaml said:
    This is true, but you still haven't shown a benchmark in MP showing the difference between Hyperthreading on/off.
    One more time for the slow, GET A CLUE.


    are you kidding? take a 2600k turn off hyperthreading and you essentially have a 2500k. its the same thing.
  14. I still wouldn't get the i7 > i5 even if concrete proof was available (IE benchmarks not some random guy). Just not worth the extra 100 dollars for one single game.
  15. cbrunnem said:
    are you kidding? take a 2600k turn off hyperthreading and you essentially have a 2500k. its the same thing.

    You make me laugh, that's also true. still the main question "Is there a real benefit of Hyperthreading in gaming?" and the answer is simply NO
    Games are just starting to take advantage of more than 2 Cores, so how the F is it gonna take a full advantage of 4 Cores and 4 Threads?

    There's almost no game out there that can take a real benefit from HTT, if there is...it will be a slight gain, unnoticeable.

    Open Google and do "Hyperthreading & Gaming" and you'll find dozens of words and reviews confirming my sayings.

    Better idea, Open Wiki, understand what HTT is, when it was implemented and on what, for what...then come here and do your naive argument.

    A random thread here negotiating HTT & Gaming
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/320565-28-hyperthreading-gaming-difference
  16. mouse24 said:
    I still wouldn't get the i7 > i5 even if concrete proof was available (IE benchmarks not some random guy). Just not worth the extra 100 dollars for one single game.

    What differentiate the 2600K from the 2500K is HTT, that i7 was intended for media & content creation but while gaming, the 2500K was the sweet pick as it performs similarly to the 2600K.
  17. denus3 said:
    Hello, i`m going to build new HIGH-END Gaming PC this cristhmas. I just need a good CPU AIR Cooller for my system. I`m going to use MSI Z77 Mpower motherboard and i want to use OC GenieII to overclock my system. I want to ask for a CPU AIR Cooler that can run my system at low temps with OC GenieII?
    Can the EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler handle that overclocks? Is it good for high-end pc ?

    Mate, I'm sorry for going off topic..if you wanna achieve that OC without a problem, get a liquid cooling Corsair H80.
    If you wanna know why, review the "3770K Overclocking" article here on toms.
  18. ilysaml said:
    What differentiate the 2600K from the 2500K is HTT, that i7 was intended for media & content creation but while gaming, the 2500K was the sweet pick as it performs similarly to the 2600K.


    Yup, hence why I posted what I did :) 100 bucks is a lot of money that can go elsewhere. Getting an i7 instead of an i5 is like getting two 680s for a 1680 x 1050 monitor, only for bragging rights.
  19. ilysaml said:
    You make me laugh, that's also true. still the main question "Is there a real benefit of Hyperthreading in gaming?" and the answer is simply NO
    Games are just starting to take advantage of more than 2 Cores, so how the F is it gonna take a full advantage of 4 Cores and 4 Threads?

    There's almost no game out there that can take a real benefit from HTT, if there is...it will be a slight gain, unnoticeable.

    Open Google and do "Hyperthreading & Gaming" and you'll find dozens of words and reviews confirming my sayings.

    Better idea, Open Wiki, understand what HTT is, when it was implemented and on what, for what...then come here and do your naive argument.

    A random thread here negotiating HTT & Gaming
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/320565-28-hyperthreading-gaming-difference


    This wasn't a hyperthreading and gaming thing it was a hyperthreading and bf3 thing. My point was and still is that bf3 can benefit from more then 4 cores/threads. Laugh all you want ill even tell a few jokes but bf3 Multiplayer is gpu AND cpu bound.
  20. cbrunnem said:
    This wasn't a hyperthreading and gaming thing it was a hyperthreading and bf3 thing. My point was and still is that bf3 can benefit from more then 4 cores/threads. Laugh all you want ill even tell a few jokes but bf3 Multiplayer is gpu AND cpu bound.


    Thats all fine and good but HOW MUCH does it benefit from HT, is it worth the extra one hundred dollars?

    Thats information that would be useful.
  21. cbrunnem said:
    This wasn't a hyperthreading and gaming thing it was a hyperthreading and bf3 thing. My point was and still is that bf3 can benefit from more then 4 cores/threads. Laugh all you want ill even tell a few jokes but bf3 Multiplayer is gpu AND cpu bound.

    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
  22. I don't know where you live but corsair h100 is good choice. if the fans are not good enough then you will need to news (4 would be best).
  23. cbrunnem said:
    are you kidding right now? is that why i showing 65-75% cpus usage and bf3 multiplayer shows improvement with hyperthreading and 6 core cpus?

    you get a clue


    You DO realize that the AMD "8" core is ACTUALLY a quad core with 2 threads per core right? meaning that "hyperthreading" really does make a difference....Noobs! Godda love them!

    Core i7 3770k @ 4.4GHz at .902V
    Corsair H100i
    EVGA GTX 660
    8Gb Patriot @ 1379MHz
    750psu
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  24. ilysaml said:
    cbrunnem said:
    This wasn't a hyperthreading and gaming thing it was a hyperthreading and bf3 thing. My point was and still is that bf3 can benefit from more then 4 cores/threads. Laugh all you want ill even tell a few jokes but bf3 Multiplayer is gpu AND cpu bound.

    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


    going to resurect an old thread but laugh all you want. i dont care. when I play bf3 IT LOADS ALL OF MY THREADS above 60%. spew bs all you want. real life facts always over rule theory.
  25. Theres no need to Necro a year old thread just to settle a small jab.
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