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Viable options for cooling when overclocking?

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February 26, 2011 6:58:04 PM

Is water cooling the only viable solution for cooling when overclocking?

Here are my present computer specs: (Please note I am upgrading my video card to gtx 560 ti by sparkle, upgrading my

power supply to 1000w, and considering overclocking my cpu and the new gpu, and memory to the maximum. In this case is

water cooling the only viable option? Or is it possible to cool the system properly with upgraded fans and more fans, heat

syncs etc? Just wondering if one of zalman cooling fans for cpu and an additional pci express slot fan for the gpu would be

enough? I have 2 pci slots available to mount these fans on http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/searchtools/item...

Any comments are welcome. Maybe a noob question but just wondering if air cooling is at all viable with overclocking?

Computer
Model : Acer Aspire M3910

Processor
Model : Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 870 @ 2.93GHz
Speed : 3GHz
Cores per Processor : 4 Unit(s)
Threads per Core : 2 Unit(s)
Type : Quad-Core
Integrated Data Cache : 4x 32kB, Synchronous, Write-Thru, 8-way, 64 byte line size, 2 threads sharing
L2 On-board Cache : 4x 256kB, ECC, Synchronous, ATC, 8-way, 64 byte line size, 2 threads sharing
L3 On-board Cache : 8MB, ECC, Synchronous, ATC, 16-way, Exclusive, 64 byte line size, 8 threads sharing

Computer
Mainboard : Acer Aspire M3910
BIOS : AMI P01-A3 05/17/2010
Bus(es) : ISA X-Bus PCI PCIe IMB USB i2c/SMBus
Multi-Processor (MP) Support : No
Multi-Processor Advanced PIC (APIC) : Yes
Total Memory : 4GB DIMM DDR3

Chipset
Model : Acer Clarksfield/Lynnfield DMI
Front Side Bus Speed : 2x 2.4GHz (4.79GHz)

Chipset
Model : Intel Core Desktop (Lynnfield) UnCore
Front Side Bus Speed : 2x 2.4GHz (4.79GHz)
Total Memory : 4GB DIMM DDR3
Channels : 2
Memory Bus Speed : 2x 665MHz (1.33GHz)

Memory Module(s)
Memory Module : Kingston ACR256X64D3U1333C9 2GB DIMM DDR3 PC3-10700U DDR3-1334 (9-9-9-25 4-34-10-5)
Memory Module : Kingston ACR256X64D3U1333C9 2GB DIMM DDR3 PC3-10700U DDR3-1334 (9-9-9-25 4-34-10-5)

Video System
Video Adapter : NVIDIA GeForce GT 320 (48 SM4.1 1.3GHz, 1GB DDR3, PCIe 2.00 x16)

Graphics Processor
OpenCL Processor : NVIDIA GeForce GT 320 (72SP 9C 1.3GHz, 986.6MB)
CUDA Processor : NVIDIA GeForce GT 320 (72SP 9C 1.3GHz, 986.6MB)
Compute Shader Processor : NVIDIA GeForce GT 320 (48SP 1.3GHz, 986.6MB)

Storage Devices
Seagate ST3500418AS (500.1GB, SATA300, 3.5", 7200rpm, NCQ, 16MB Cache) : 466GB (C:) 
Generic-Compact Flash (USB) : N/A (E:) 
Generic-SM/xD-Picture (USB) : N/A (F:) 
Generic-SD/MMC (USB) : N/A (G:) 
Generic-MS/MS-Pro/HG (USB) : N/A (H:) 
Generic-SD/MMC/MS/MSPRO (USB) : N/A (I:) 
TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-H653G (SATA150, DVD+-RW, CD-RW, 2MB Cache) : N/A (D:) 

Logical Storage Devices
SYSTEM RESERVED : 100MB (NTFS)
Acer (C:)  : 451GB (NTFS) @ Seagate ST3500418AS (500.1GB, SATA300, 3.5", 7200rpm, NCQ, 16MB Cache)
PQSERVICE : 15GB (NTFS)
Removable Drive (E:)  : N/A @ Generic-Compact Flash (USB)
Removable Drive (F:)  : N/A @ Generic-SM/xD-Picture (USB)
Removable Drive (G:)  : N/A @ Generic-SD/MMC (USB)
Removable Drive (H:)  : N/A @ Generic-MS/MS-Pro/HG (USB)
Removable Drive (I:)  : N/A @ Generic-SD/MMC/MS/MSPRO (USB)
Hard Disk (Q:)  : N/A
Optical Drive (D:)  : N/A @ TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-H653G (SATA150, DVD+-RW, CD-RW, 2MB Cache)

Peripherals
LPC Hub Controller 1 : Acer H57 LPC Interface Controller
LPC Legacy Controller 1 : T2 87-21
Audio Device : Acer P55/PM55/3400 High Definition Audio
Audio Device : PC Partner High Definition Audio Controller
Audio Codec : nVidia 000Dh
Audio Codec : nVidia 000Dh
Audio Codec : nVidia 000Dh
Disk Controller : Acer ICH8R (ICH8) SATA RAID Controller
USB Controller 1 : Acer P55/PM55/3400 USB2 Enhanced Host Controller
USB Controller 2 : Acer P55/PM55/3400 USB2 Enhanced Host Controller
SMBus/i2c Controller 1 : Intel 801xx/63xx SMBus

Printers and Faxes
Printer : Microsoft XPS Document Writer (600x600, Colour)
Fax : Microsoft Shared Fax Driver (200x200)

Network Services
Network Adapter : Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (Ethernet, 100Mbps)

Power Management
Mains (AC) Line Status : On-Line

Operating System
Windows System : Microsoft Windows 7 Home 6.01.7601 (Service Pack 1)
Platform Compliance : x64

a b K Overclocking
February 26, 2011 7:01:16 PM

You can't oc with an acer motherboard. If you want to over clock get a board that will let you.
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March 1, 2011 12:15:34 PM

christop said:
You can't oc with an acer motherboard. If you want to over clock get a board that will let you.


Thanks for info am very new with computers so didn't know that OEM boards suck!!!

The companies lock up bios because they think it will be costly to service peoples mistakes and so they can limit the potential

of the computer and keep the customer coming back for a better computer later.

Some people say that sometimes a bios can be unlocked but it is risky and could fry your whole system. Probably better just

to get a better board!

Strangely enough in the M3910 service it says this:

Spread Spectrum Enables or disables the reduction of the mainboard’s EMI.

Note: Remember to disable the Spread Spectrum feature if you are
overclocking. A slight jitter can introduce a temporary boost in clock
speed causing the overclocked processor to lock up.

With no apparent way of doing the overclocking.

Can you suggest some good motherboards that supports overclocking of the cpu, the ram memory and the gpu? One that

supports i7 processors, specifically i7 870.

Any help you can give is greatly appreciated!

Thanks!
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February 8, 2012 5:10:44 PM

This topic has been moved from the section Overclocking to section CPU & Components by Jpishgar
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