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(Help needed) : CPU Cooler and Video card update

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July 11, 2011 8:39:35 AM

Hi Guys,

After a year with my setup , I wanted to upgrade the following. I hope you guys can help me:


1) CPU Cooler (I will not overclock)

I have a CM Hyper 212 Plus in a single fun set up. I used HWmonitor software to check the temperature.
At idle the 4 cores average temps are 36-40 C while when playing games it reaches to 56-60 C
Is 56-60C damaging temp already to my CPU?

option A : Add another fan for Hyper 212 plus

Can this really lower my temp?

option B : Buy a new cpu cooler. Inorder of my preferences below.

B.1) COOLER MASTER V6 GT

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

B.2) Thermaltake Frio

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

B.3) Thermaltake FRIO OCK

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



2) Video Card upgrade . I am an avid ASUS fan so my choices are of ASUS in order of my preferences also


2.1) ASUS EAH6870 DC/2DI2S/1GD5 Radeon HD 6870

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2.2) ASUS GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) ENGTX560 DCII

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thank you in advance.


Current Rig:

Intel® Core™ i7-860 Processor (8M Cache, 2.80 GHz)
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro
Corsair HX750W Power Supply
COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KXN1-GP Black Steel
Asus DRW-24B1LT optical drive
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB
Samsung P2270G monitor
G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) (PC3 12800) Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO
Palit GTS250 1gb Green edition.
SideWinder X6 KeyboardAdditions
SideWinder X5 Mouse
Cooler Master Hyper212 Plus (single fan setup only)
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB
a c 138 à CPUs
July 11, 2011 9:39:26 AM

- option A : Hyper 212 plus
- ASUS EAH6870 DC/2DI2S/1GD5 Radeon HD 6870
July 11, 2011 11:22:35 AM

henydiah said:
- option A : Hyper 212 plus
- ASUS EAH6870 DC/2DI2S/1GD5 Radeon HD 6870


Thanks a lot for feedback bro.
Care to explain a little bit especially on choosing option A: Hyper 212 plus?
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a c 138 à CPUs
July 11, 2011 11:32:58 AM

You said no overclock , hyper 212 ver very enough for your cpu , it's pretty cool and more better than stock cooler :) 
July 11, 2011 12:10:51 PM

Thanks for the quick response bro.

Does this mean that 56-60 C is fairly safe for my CPU?
As weekends i normally play games 15-18 hours straight. :-) and 7-8 hours weekdays straight.
a c 138 à CPUs
July 11, 2011 1:53:00 PM

Yep .. fine and safe, 60c for game. Your cpu maximum 70C. .. Enjoy your game
July 11, 2011 2:17:27 PM

Thanks a lot bro.
July 11, 2011 2:28:06 PM

henydiah said:
Yep .. fine and safe, 60c for game. Your cpu maximum 70C. .. Enjoy your game


which is better bro having a Vertical or Horizontal setup? Currently its Vertical where the airflow is form the front to the back to the 120 exhaust fan. My casing have a 200 exhaust fan at the top, I'm thinking of setting it up horizontally where the airflow from below to top to the 200 exhaust fan.
a b à CPUs
July 11, 2011 2:28:59 PM

Adding another fan to your 212 should lower your temps by 5c at least.
a c 138 à CPUs
July 11, 2011 2:52:50 PM

Follow @uther good advise. :) 
July 15, 2011 7:08:19 AM

I found a buyer for my Hyper 212 plus cooler for half the price when i bought it though. I am now leaning towards the CM V6 GT. my question is which better Horizontal setup (exhaust at the top) or Vertical (exhaust at the back)?
October 9, 2011 1:57:17 AM

heat goes up...
Basic physic :pt1cable: 
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