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Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by dr emulator (madmax), Sep 23, 2011.

  1. dr emulator (madmax)

    dr emulator (madmax)

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    ok guys i'm not going with the i7 990x just yet, as some of you may have read that i was going to get
    ( some reasons far to expensive plus they have bumped the price up 70 bucks :slap: and i have my eyes on the 2011 cpu as a future buy :D )

    so i need some advice on what heatsink to buy for my current rig

    my machine:
    well it's a i7 920 :rolleyes:
    3gb corsair dominator xmp 1600mhz
    gigabyte 5870 graphics card
    ax 850 watt psu

    so why don't i use the cooler that came with the i7 920?

    well i'm pretty sure that i bent the motherboard the last time i put the thing on, and that's why i had problems with the psu making pop noises,
    so i might take the fan off and bin the stock cooler


    my preferences ?

    well i don't intend to overclock much, so i don't need watercooling so that 's not a suggestion i need, ;)

    as my name suggests i love emulators, so i need to tickle a bit more speed out of my cpu maybe taking it up to 3 ghz

    noise :
    well i like my pc quiet so it need to be a fairly silent cooler

    ease fitting it: hm blush.gif well i need it to be reasonably easy to fit (in other words something i don't need a phd in science for :laugh:)

    please give reasons why you think your suggestion would be the easiest to fit, what weight it is and so on


    these are the 3 places i'm likely to be ordering from

    http://www.dabs.com/category/components-and-storage,cases--cooling-and-power,cooling/11258

    http://www.scan.co.uk/shop/computer-hardware/all/coolers-air/intel-cpu-coolers

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/productlist.php?groupid=701&catid=57&sortby=nameAsc&subid=1395&rows=0

    thanks in advance guys and gals :D
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    3Ghz on a 920 can be done with stock voltage in most cases. Save your money.

    For the board bending issue, Just apply the heatsink with the board out of the case next time.

    As far as noise, well its the stock cooler so its not the quietest around.
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    i did do it out of the case, on my desktop but i still had problems that got that bad i had to change the board and the psu

    still i need advice on which cooler to buy money isn't really a big deal but obviously the cheaper the better

    also i might still buy the i7 990 extreme chip, so it will also be a cooler that has to be good enough for that aswell :)
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    I say go with your gut and wait it out until Intel gets out there SB-E, ain't too far now that BD aint far either. I'd say Dec/Jan. Or even consider getting a BD if the price/performance is good enough. That's what I always go for.
    As for the cooler, I'd say get a CoolerMaster Hyper212+ or if you don't care about budget but want the most quiet setup + cool temps on air? Then get yourself a Noctua NH-D14. Either cooler you get, I'm sure that 920 can be taken to at least 3.7-3.8
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    thanks what's everyone else's thoughts on a cooler?
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    Hyper 212+! You can not go wrong with this. Try ebuyer and aria too, they sometimes offer better deals.

    I would vote for Noctua too, but its too heavy if mobo bending is an issue.
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    thanks i've just been looking at this review and although that noctura looks the dogs danglies i don't think my memory would fit (i do have 3gb corsair dominator xmp 1600mhz which i'm sure wouldn't fit under it cry2y.gif
    i know what you mean about bending, but i did have crazy plans on how i'd secure the cooler with a spring of some kind:wtf::D
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    thanks

    anyone else ?
    and if you guys could give a quick how easy the cooler is to fit i'd also appreciate that:toast:
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    Not sure what you mean there, rephrase?
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    Depending on the case used, the big "problem" is needing to remove the motherboard from the case. The one's i linked above are all rather easy to install, just take your time because if you're rushed to get it working might have it not seating properly. The easiest of them would be the CM 212+.
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    Whilst it's technically water as it's a all in one I don't count it as proper WC.

    Got a corsair H50 you could have for £30 if you like.
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    ^hm, if you have the cooler your recomending, how easy it was to put on/fit, and what problems you encountered, and how you fixed the problems, that's what i mean

    also i don't want a push pin fan
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    I have personally never used a Coolermaster 212+, but according to reviews for the price its good.
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    it's all going in a cm 690II :)

    lol i won't be rushing it :p although as i said somewhere else i had major issues fitting the i7's stock cooler with those damned tight pins :twitch::banghead:
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    All of those are bolt-through IIRC. No pushpins.

    Take Panther's offer. They are good and very easy to install.
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    Oops - I pm'd you but just now saw you are in the UK so that is out. I would just take the pins out of a stock cooler and bolt the hsf on properly.
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    thanks for the offer (i was half dead last time i answered) saddly i don't have paypal and wasn't really interested in water but thanks anyways ;)

    still i'm leaning towards the Hyper 212+! at the mo :)

    anyone else with a different suggestion?
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    Sounds like you are going to upgrade sometime in the future...just bolt the stock hsf on for the time being. When you decide on the 990X you will get a decent cooler with it and it will suffice for your needs if not heavily overclocking.

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    I would go with something big and quiet if you must go air. I hear the NZXT Havik 140mm cooler is pro. If you must have something that is smaller, go with the hyper 212.

    Why exactly are you against using a closed loop water system? They are quiet, easy as hell to install, and super effective. I used the H70 for quite a while and it was great. I hear the new H80 and H100 are fantastic.
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    ^ neh i'm not against a loop just i don't have any means of paying for it (plus i don't really want second hand gear :eek:) i'll have a look t the NZXT Havik 140mm cooler,

    again i say how easy would it be to fit?

    dam why can't you live near me :cry::twitch: i'd have bought that 990x cooler of ya :ohwell:
    how much are they worth btw just out of curiosity
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    I have no idea how easy it would be to fit it. That totally depends on your case.

    Installing air coolers is exceedingly easy though. You install a back plate, then the mounting hardware on the top, the TIM, then pop the block down and secure the fans. That's really all there is to it.

    The coolers fitting depends on the size of your case. Simply review the measurements provided with your case, then look at the measurements of the cooler.

    As for the second hand gear: the water loops are closed loops and there's really nothing that could be wrong with them. There's no performance difference buying one second hand and Corsair honors their stuff with no questions. If you ever have problems they will straight up send you a brand new one, and probably a newer model because they dont make H50 and H70 anymore.

    Btw, how were you going to buy a 990x if you can't afford a cpu cooler?
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    thanks for replying :D seems the rest of tpu must be asleep :wtf:
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    You know you can pay someone via paypal without a paypal account if you have a debit/credit card? They just have to send you a request or a form and you can opt out and pay with card.

    A lot of my signups pay that way when leasing servers.

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