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#1
So I just recently built an AMD FX system, FX-8320, 970-DS3 board, Antec 300 v2 case.



The stock cooler does its job ok, though when pushing the CPU it quickly sounds a little too close to a jet engine for my comfort :laugh:

I have to admit that before building this system I didn't keep up much with stuff like cooling, so I'm quite surprised to see how popular closed loop watercooling setups are. Are any of you guys running similar systems to me and have any advice for quieter cooling?

I'm guessing a lowly Corsair H40 isn't beefy enough to dump the 100W+ potential coming off the FX. What are you guys using?

I'm also a little confused that wherever I look, I can't find specs for closed loop systems that tell the average/expected wattage of heat disspiation.
 
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depends what you going to do. Looks like your good with stock cause you did not specify
 

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I would look into the H80i. Do you want to overclock? Or do you just want quieter cooling, while also keeping the temperatures in check?
 
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I'd like to do both ;)

Only had the CPU a few days, but I've got it up to 4.5ghz stable (from 3.5ghz stock) without upping voltage. The stock cooler screams like a mother though when pushing it that fast, and it gets close to 65C. For now I'm sticking to 4Ghz.
 
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Whats your budget? If its low get a hyper 212 evo. It will do a pretty darn good job. If you want something more an h80i would be a great choice.
 
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What do you guys think about the Antec Kuhler 620? That and the Corsair H55/H60 seem alright. I'd prefer not to be spending more than £50. The H80i seems a little overkill.
 
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I wouldn't buy little water cooling loops, big chunky air cooler is better on budget imo.
I'm also thinking about building fx rig too, since haswell disappointed me. :D
 
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If you plan to OC I would look into a heatsink for you VRM's

Also, the CM Hyper 212 is a great Air Cooler if you don't want to drop too much $
 
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If you like something mid-way, the Silverstone Argon AR03(TechpowerUp review) might be for you. Its an air cooler, not really as expensive as most closed loop coolers, fairly quiet and the performance is exceptional for an air cooler for that money.

Its a bit like the cooler master evo 2.0, a bit more expensive, but also just as quiet, and has more cooling capacity.
 
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If you plan to OC I would look into a heatsink for you VRM's

Also, the CM Hyper 212 is a great Air Cooler if you don't want to drop too much $
I would definitely have to agree with this. That Antec 620 unit would do the job, but you should really put money towards a board for decent VRM cooling, or if you can find heatsinks to throw on the VRMs, but a better board with better power delivery, and board cooling would be better.
 

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At my Fx I use Noctua NH-D14, but it have a premium price, so you must tell us the amount of money you want to spend on cooling...
 
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My FX-8350 is happily cooled by my Cooler Master 212 EVO :)
 
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I'm using an H70 with my 1090t & love it. The newer H60 (WW model) should be good enough for stock to a mild overclock. But if you're looking to get the most out of your cpu then H80i is the way to go. Which ever cooler you decide on I strongly suggest using two fans in a push/pull configuration. And you definitely need VRM cooling, I'm quite surprised that there is no heatsink on that board.
 
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There is no need to cool the VRM's if your pulling 4.5GHz on stock voltage
 
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but I've got it up to 4.5ghz stable (from 3.5ghz stock) without upping voltage


There is no need to cool the VRM's if your pulling 4.5GHz on stock voltage


that's a gig overclock on stock volts? on top of that a stock cooler? with a motherboard that doesn't have heatsinked vrms and 4+1vrm phase design....

I think youre mobos throttling your voltage so to give a false positive.....


https://spreadsheets.google.com/spr...D79Joo7tdE9xMUFlMEVWeFhuckJEVF9aMmtpUFE&gid=3


im getting a h100 probably and that's the least it needs to keep temps reasonable at 1.5vcore and above....
 
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that's a gig overclock on stock volts? on top of that a stock cooler? with a motherboard that doesn't have heatsinked vrms and 4+1vrm phase design....

I think youre mobos throttling your voltage so to give a false positive.....


https://spreadsheets.google.com/spr...D79Joo7tdE9xMUFlMEVWeFhuckJEVF9aMmtpUFE&gid=3


im getting a h100 probably and that's the least it needs to keep temps reasonable at 1.5vcore and above....
Yes, I agree. Run prime 95 and see if it is throttling down. FX processors does this. Good call.
 
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and run hwinfo64 at the same time.... watch core frequencies.

i got a feeling @4.6 itll be jumping between 4.6 and 3.3

your volts will also be jumping..


if im wrong, your cpu can do a 1000mhz @ 1.3** vcore, and probably oc to infinite and beyond..
 
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and run hwinfo64 at the same time.... watch core frequencies.

i got a feeling @4.6 itll be jumping between 4.6 and 3.3

your volts will also be jumping..


if im wrong, your cpu can do a 1000mhz @ 1.3** vcore, and probably oc to infinite and beyond..
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I tried to OC yesterday... 4.5GHz at stock voltage of my FX-8350 (usually a 4.0GHz CPU)... it worked until I opened Prime95 then the computer crashed.
I guess that chpiset just can't handle the overclocking. My motherboard is ASRock 970 Extreme3.
After going back to stock clocks it's working perfectly :)
 
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I tried to OC yesterday... 4.5GHz at stock voltage of my FX-8350 (usually a 4.0GHz CPU)... it worked until I opened Prime95 then the computer crashed.
I guess that chpiset just can't handle the overclocking. My motherboard is ASRock 970 Extreme3.
After going back to stock clocks it's working perfectly :)

or lack of core voltage, if you bumped it up one or two then maybe prime wouldnt of crashed. (but make sure you know what youre doing first)
 
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or lack of core voltage, if you bumped it up one or two then maybe prime wouldnt of crashed. (but make sure you know what youre doing first)
Mmmk, I'm just suggesting the OP not try to overclock on that 970 motherboard. I think a 990FX would be a good improvement.
 
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You can overclock 970 motherboards. They will not overclock as high as 990FX boards. For example, on a Phenom II when they came out, I reached 4.679GHz on Asus 970 board and 4.719GHz on 990 Asus board. Please note: these were high overclocks not stressed plus under water...... Where FX chip plays in, I don't know but 970 boards are very overclockable.... On air, I got 4.4GHz easily.Another note, Asus uses 6+2 power phase so his board may not be as good but I would place $ I could hit 4.4Ghz on air with a PII with his board. FX may be a tad different.... but they overclock better than P II's


http://www.pureoverclock.com/Review-detail/asus-m5a97-evo-and-m5a99x-evo/13/
 
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I have my FX 6300 OC'd from 3.5 to 4.2 on air.

The chip is @ 1.3 volts and passes Prime95 and OCCT with zero errors.

I am doing this on an ASrock 970 Extreme 4

Yes, you can OC on a 970 board :)
 
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