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Windows 7: Cpu cooler for overclocking

29 Jan 2012   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

corsair h60, very good cooler.

It comes with a single fan, but you can add another for a push/pull config. hottest my i5 gets when playing Bf3 is 38c

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29 Jan 2012   #12

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Started with the original H50 in push/pull and then went to the H100 when released. These are fantastic high end cooling solutions and great stepping stones to the real world of big league water cooling which I have yet to enter but intend to in the future. Being factory sealed and tested to endure punishments beyond what the average overclocker can give is very satisfying to say the least. Water transfers heat at a much higher rate then air alone. Both styles have come a tremendous way in design improvements and implementations. You can hardly go wrong with a premium example of either.
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30 Jan 2012   #13

windows 7 home premium
 
 

See now the problem is i like the h60 but im not willing to spand £60 for a cooler and the added risk of it having water in my pc :I
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30 Jan 2012   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by badger906 View Post
corsair h60, very good cooler.

It comes with a single fan, but you can add another for a push/pull config. hottest my i5 gets when playing Bf3 is 38c
Those temps are great. But at the same time, they aren't necessary either. On my stock cooler overclocked Q9550, I hit around 55C playing BF3. But 55C is well within safe operating temperatures. That chip could easily run 20C hotter and still be within spec. I don't think that I would really encounter any benefit from dropping my temps into the 30's other than giving me room to overclock it even further..which I don't really have any interest in doing.
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30 Jan 2012   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by silverstormz View Post
See now the problem is i like the h60 but im not willing to spand £60 for a cooler and the added risk of it having water in my pc :I
would you rather spend £30 and have the chance of your CPU going pop and taking out your motherboard and ram with it? then your looking at £££

And corsairs warranties are second to non, if it were to leak and cause an issue, id see corsair sending you a new rig lol.

my personal insight to pc's is if you want to do something (such as overclocking) you shouldnt skimp on the necessities. Its like building a gaming rig and skimping on a GPU..
Plus the corsairs mounting brackets fit such a wide array of sockets it will easily fit your next computer you get/build.
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30 Jan 2012   #16

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

False economics to under purchase, PSU, CPU cooler or case and case fans when looking to overclock. It's just my opinion that people cut corners there will end up spending more in the long run. I've learned this the hard way !
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30 Jan 2012   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

The Phanteks PH-TC14PE is probably the best air cooler available. My ambient temp 19.3c. Temp inside the case 20c. Running Prime the core temp was 41c. Only expensive liquid cooling could do better than that
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31 Jan 2012   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
False economics to under purchase, PSU, CPU cooler or case and case fans when looking to overclock. It's just my opinion that people cut corners there will end up spending more in the long run. I've learned this the hard way !
I agree completely. You don't want to skimp and take chances on cheap or inadequate hardware. However, I also don't see the benefit in shooting for the sky and just putting in everything you can possibly afford for the sake of resolving an issue that you might not even experience.

With everything, I like to start somewhere and test and see what performance I get and what problems I have. For example, when I bought my CPU (Q9550) and stayed with the stock cooler, I heard people say "that's dumb, it's not even sufficient at stock speeds, forget about it if you plan to overclock at all" Once I assembled the box and checked my temps, I was idling in the mid 30's and I would max out under Prime 95 around 65C at my stock speeds. I then attempted a slight overclock from 2.83Ghz to 3.2 (just changed my multiplier from 8.5 to 8.0 and my FSB from 333 to 400). I tested again and my idle temps hardly changed at all and my max went to about 67C. All within safe zones for this CPU.

I later did some reading that suggested that I could easily lower the vcore just a tad to drop temps on this CPU. I changed from 1.25000V to 1.175V. After doing this, I bumped my multiplier back from 8.0 to 8.5. So, now I was running at 3.4Ghz with (400FSB x 8.5). At idle, I'm sitting at 28-32C and my load temps are 64-65C under Prime 95. Again, within specs.

So, I saved some money by not buying a more elaborate cooler. I didn't add any additional case fans to my Antec P182..as it already came with 3 x 120mm (Top, Back Top, and bottom between hard drive cage and power supply bay) and even with all 3 at their absolute lowest speeds, my case was plenty cool and my system temps were not a concern. I didn't save the money because I was feeling cheap, i saved the money because I didn't forsee benefit to the spend.

I instead, took my saved money and bought an Intel SSD and an external eSATA bay and a 2TB SATA hard drive for that bay. That was 2.5 years ago and that box is still running strong as ever. Most dependable and trouble free build I have ever had.
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31 Jan 2012   #19

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hmm, sorry that I might be out of place but since you are talking cooling and temps I started to wondering something, I have O.C my i7 860 from 2.8Ghz to 3.8Ghz HT off and I am using Corsair Hydro H80 with 2x 120 noctua fans and my idle temp are 35-36 with C-States off, is this normal or are AMD cpu's running that much cooler or is it just my cpu and motherboard or O.C I am using 19x200 with lowest vcore I can at 1.24 wondering how you guys can have like 20C in idle
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31 Jan 2012   #20

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Andreas W,
20C was the case temp while outside ambient was 19.3 with idle cores at 40C. All arguments about cooling must always begin with ambient temps and there's not a passive cooler that cools below ambient. For me it's more when the summer months come and my office soars to 90-95F and the rig is tested to cool in the blaze of summer, just like most extreme gamer's they have more of a concern for full tilt temps as they should be. Idle doesn't even make a good comparison really, imho.
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