I7 cooling system Tags: CPUs Overclocking Cooling Intel i7 Last response: December 2, 2011 3:17 PM in CPUs Share senthurpandian December 2, 2011 2:03:30 PM Hi, I have built a new gaming RIG recently, after a long discussion in Tom's Hardware forum. I've now got a doubt in the cooling system of my processor. I am using the stock CPU cooler of my i7 2600k and am getting 50 degrees easily (as per ASUS visual tool). Can anyone tell me the necessity of overclocking and a CPU cooler. I am a gamer and I want to run all of the latest PC games in full resolution (1920x1080 in very high/ultra). My configuration is available in my signature. Now my questions: 1. Am I supposed to overclock for Gaming reasons? (as of now, my CPU is not reaching full utilization in any of the games I have played) 2. Is CPU cooler required for i7 2600k without overclocking? 3. Is Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus sufficient for i7 - if I am overclocking. Else, suggest one. Cheers! Senthur --------------------- Intel i7 2600k | Asus Sabertooth P67 | Asus GTX 570 | 8G Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz DDR3 Samsung 23" LED @ 1080p | 2TB WD HDD @ 6 Gbps | Corsair TX 750W PSU | CM HAF 912 chassis More about : cooling system IntelEnthusiast a c 188 à CPUs a b K Overclocking December 2, 2011 2:33:09 PM 1.) Do you have to overclock for gaming? No but it can improve your performance on high end games. 2.) Is CPU cooler required for the Intel® Core™ i7-2600K without overclocking? No, the stock cooler works fine and you can even get a small overclock out of it without much problem. 3.) is the Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus sufficient for i7 - if I am overclocking? Yes I am using one right now and it does fine as long as you arent pushing for high end. Christian Wood Intel Enthusiast Team senthurpandian December 2, 2011 3:09:11 PM Thanks for your reply Regd. performance on high end games. >> I have never seen the CPU utilization more than 50% in any of the games I have played. Is there any such games with the maxed out settings? Regd. CPU cooler >> Till what level it will be very stable? I am using Asus Sabertooth P67 with stock CPU fan & Corsair TX 750W PSU Cheers! Senthur --------------------- Intel i7 2600k | Asus Sabertooth P67 | Asus GTX 570 | 8G Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz DDR3 Samsung 23" LED @ 1080p | 2TB WD HDD @ 6 Gbps | Corsair TX 750W PSU | CM HAF 912 chassis Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer chriscornell December 2, 2011 3:17:30 PM Keep in mind that Windows doesn't distinguish between physical cpu cores and hyperthreading, so if the Taskmanager is showing a 50% cpu usage, you're actually using 100%. Hyperthreading doesn't affect games positively in 99,9% of the cases. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources Do I need a different cooling system for an intel core i7 2600k? Forum Cooling System for i7 2600k? Forum I7 system Case and Cooling Query Forum Intel core i7 !! water cooling system !! need help!! Forum Building System thoughts/suggestions for Case/ cooling ? I7 950 Forum I7 not overclocked + water cooling = high temps? Forum I7 2600k advice on powersupply & cooling Forum I7 Temp and Cooling Question Forum I7 2600K water cooling temp questions? Forum Cooling systems i7 965 Forum Core i7 2600k overclocking temperature with water cooling ? Forum Phenom II X4 965 BE vs. i7 3930k cooling requirements? Forum Water Cooling for my new system - Yay or nay? Forum Case and cooling hardware for new system Forum Building first water cooling system 3930k gtx690 Sli Forum PSU Help Forum Upgrading from Mid to Full Case + Cross firing + Cooling System Forum [Solved] Liquid Cooling for Coolmaster HAF X system Forum [Solved] What cooling system should I get for this build? Forum Is this a good setup for my case' cooling system Forum More resources Read discussions in other CPUs categories AMD Intel Intel i5 Intel i7 Phenom Cooling Performance !