Viable options for cooling when overclocking? Tags: DeepCool Overclocking Cooling Components Last response: February 8, 2012 5:10 PM in Components Share knk2009 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 More about : viable options cooling overclocking christop 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. knk2009 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! Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer jpishgar February 8, 2012 5:10:44 PM This topic has been moved from the section Overclocking to section CPU & Components by Jpishgar Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources : ForumWatercooling, viable option on a budget? ForumAdvice on cooling /upgrade options ForumIs AMD a viable option right now? Forum7800 GT still a viable opition at 1680x1050? ForumReplace 4890 with 6950? flashing 6950 to 6970 still viable option ? ForumIs a quad-sli GTX460 setup a viable option ? ForumIs Crossfire finally viable ? ForumGtx 560ti still a viable card ? ForumIs an email@example.com still a viable processor? ForumIm going cheap, is this still viable ? ForumFirst time AMD Build - Viable System? ForumI5 760 still viable ? 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