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a b K Overclocking
January 17, 2013 6:04:11 AM

OK so I have the evga x79 ftw right now (full specs in signature) I'm doing a quite a bit of automated software testing at this point and need to run multiple vm's at a time, as well as games and a small amount of photo editing, so I need as much performance as possible. The problem is that on the x79 ftw I seem to lose specific features at higher clock speeds, like usb ports and at higher than 4.50 I lose my networking half the time, voltage and temps being a big limitation. I added a few fans and lowered my temps by roughly 10 degrees celcius, and have gained a decent amount of stability but about 10 decibels. So really I would like to hear some good opinions before I go out and make a decision. my budget is about $380 USD, and the mother board would be a Asus p8x79 ws. Thanks in advance.
a b K Overclocking
January 17, 2013 2:59:30 PM

toolmaker_03 said:
if your looking to just cool that processor and make it more stable i would suggest this, don't just disregard this it does work and well, you should get a better result than with a massive water unit.

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...
and the hardware to mount it.


have you tried one of these ou yet, I've given TEC some thought but have been worried about condensation ruining my board, this might be a good unfortunately there's not a whole lot of documentation on TEC out there.
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a b K Overclocking
January 17, 2013 3:09:40 PM

i have one, and one of these to cool the video cards for my next build, it is a 2011 intel board.

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

that may be a little much, but i like it so far, still testing the units out. I like to do that sort of stuff before I spend a lot of money on hardware for it.

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a b K Overclocking
January 19, 2013 5:55:26 PM

I decided on water cooling picked up some pretty decent radiators and a pump, I'm waiting to grab the blocks and resevoir next month when I have the cash.
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a b K Overclocking
January 19, 2013 5:55:35 PM

Best answer selected by hdeezie80.
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a b K Overclocking
January 20, 2013 2:00:05 AM

Thanks for the BA man
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a c 190 K Overclocking
January 20, 2013 12:25:25 PM

Theres a subambient thread by 4Ryan6 that explores Tecs quite thoroughly if you wanted to read up on it :) 
its stickied at the top of the section
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a b K Overclocking
January 31, 2013 4:14:29 AM

Motopsychojdn said:
Theres a subambient thread by 4Ryan6 that explores Tecs quite thoroughly if you wanted to read up on it :) 
its stickied at the top of the section
Moto


Yeah I've read that one before I would like to see one in a bit more compact solution don't want my apartment complex thinking I'm running a meth lab lol. He does have a lot of pictures though that are pretty helpful, I was thinking about using 2 small radiators and cheap pumps 1 to cool the hot side, and one to pump near freezing water in, then having the pull side blow cold air directly into my case, or over a radiator preferably in larger cases basement. But definitely not in the near future.
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a c 190 K Overclocking
January 31, 2013 5:56:54 AM

his are actually quite compact now, only takes up two cases for the rig and cooling :p 
but your idea for future cooling will be assisted when you are ready to do it :) 
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a b K Overclocking
January 31, 2013 6:38:56 AM

Motopsychojdn said:
his are actually quite compact now, only takes up two cases for the rig and cooling :p 
but your idea for future cooling will be assisted when you are ready to do it :) 
Moto


I didn't really look at the latter post until just now, I probably would need a few months of research at least before I would implement it, but its a good place to start thanks for pointing that out
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a c 190 K Overclocking
January 31, 2013 8:02:52 AM

The more research you do, the easier/more straightforward things become,
you are right to hold of until you are ready because extreme cooling becomes an obsession very quickly hehe,
I'm maxxing the Crysis3 beta with temps of 33'c/38'c on the cards and 37'C on the Cpu, great fun hehe and when I put my new tec on there it will only get better and allow some serious O/c potential
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