i have a AMD Phenom II 960T Black edition 3.0Ghz i want to overclock it to get a little more performance for gaming and multi tasking, i have a cooling system i want to buy and i just need a little information.
the cooling system is the Corsair Hydro Series H40 Hydro http://www.ebuyer.com/309500-corsair-hydro-series-h40-h...
i need these questions answering:
1. will i need more thermal paste for this cooling system?
2. what would you advise to overclock to with this cooling system?
3. is there a more effective cooling system for the same/similar price?
Get a coolermaster 212+ or 212 evo (air cooler) it'll perform as well as the cheap waterjob and cost less.
Thats what I used in the one in my signature which is an unlocked 960T.
Beaware when overclocking that CPU you will also need to increase the Northbridge (NB) frequency.... people forget this. This can actually be a limiting factor as the NB gets very hot if clocked too high and there's a limit to how well the heatsink on it dissapates that heat this factor largely depends on how well your mobo manages that though if you want to go really extreme you can make ways to increase the NB cooling.
4GHz is a realistic target using a 212 maybe a little more maybe a little less depends on your chip no 2 are the same
As for your CPU cooler the H60,70 and 80 or even the 100 are all great coolers and will all fit in the 400r and if budgets not a problem then get any one of them as they make for a tidy case, but if budgets a problem then get the Coolermaster Hyper 212 evo as said above.
i have actually been considering a major upgrade to my system and making to watercooled, but im not sure the watercooling is worth the hassle, i was going to buy a ASUS M5A99X EVO AMD 990X + SB950 ATX Motherboard - AM3+ socket and a AMD Bulldozer FX-8 8150 8 Core 3.6Ghz Socket AM3+ 8MB L3 Cache 125W and overclock it to 4.5Ghz, would it be worth it? i might then again just keep what i have and upgrade the cooling and overclock to 4Ghz
I would say the upgrade to the 8150 wouldn't be worth it. Bump up to an i5 before going for an 8150.
The H40 is pretty bad. The H60 is meh. Both have constant water pumps that make ticking sounds (like a HDD seeking). While not loud, the ticking is usually noticeable due to its erratic nature.
For the price of the H60 you could get a really nice air cooler with some quiet fans and get about the same OC. Heck even a $30 CM cooler will do just fine. Starting at the H80 the performance gets good enough to start considering them, but the models below that have very limited advantages (like cramming them into tight cases that don't have enough clearance for big air coolers ) I'm not saying they are terrible or anything, I'd just stick to air in that price range.
right im gonna order the Corsair 400r now off ebuyer and the mobo off pc world, then tomorrow when i get paid i will order maybe the h80 and i dont know how to unlock the processor, is it done in the bios? or is there some software?