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VRM cooling required or not on Asus M5A97 R2.0

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#1
So I got a Cooler Master Seidon 120V today and successfully overclocked my Phenom II X4 980BE to 4.1 GHz apparently stable so far and the CPU temperatures are under control. I have an Asus M5A97 R2.0 motherboard. When I touch the VRM heatsink, it feels like 75 degree C while running prime 95 in small FFT mode, max heat and power consumption. Is it ok to keep this overclock 24/7? Or should I consider cooling the VRM additionally?
 
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#2
I'd cool the VRM just to be on the safe side, since it can't do any harm. :)
 

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Try rigging a fan to hang or lay near the VRM and continue testing and see if it drops or not!
 
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Thanks for your replies and suggestions. The thing is how can I fit an additional fan? As in mechanically? Will there be any damage if I continue running like that?
 

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Without an image of the chassis in question it is tough to say how and where to place the fan, or what size fan will even fit. I would think you could use the holes in the mesh or the fans at the top of the chassis to wire a fan in place, or just lay the case on its back (typically the right side), and just lay a fan over the AIO and large heatsinks blowing down at them.
 
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Without an image of the chassis in question it is tough to say how and where to place the fan, or what size fan will even fit. I would think you could use the holes in the mesh or the fans at the top of the chassis to wire a fan in place, or just lay the case on its back (typically the right side), and just lay a fan over the AIO and large heatsinks blowing down at them.
Yeah I am attaching the pic. I have a very bad chassis now and you can see how the radiator is mounted. It is held by one screw and a cable tie fastened tightly. I will buy a chassis when I have saved enough money but in here, how can I fit one? To be honest, I prefer to make the VRM cooling motherboard dependent than chassis dependent.


 
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if you bought the Retail 980 BE, use the stock fan and screws and screw it to the heat sink on the VRM. That is what I do. It might sound like a jet engine ready to take off if you plug into a header that doesn't control the speed, in that case use a fan controller too.