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Old December 3, 2008, 08:18 PM
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Default Consider little bit of overclocking on new computer. Help needed.

I decided to get the following on my new computer and not knowing computer well, I decided to get some expert advice. My question is whether the default intel cooler is good enough for a little bit of overclocking for CPU, motherboard and GPU?

CPU: Core i7 920 (does the heat sink have thermal paste applied already?)
Mainboard: EVGA X58
GPU:EVGA 260 CORE 216 X2
PSU:Coolermaster Real Power 1000W
Case:Antec P182 (Do I need a case fan on the cover for this?)
RAM: need some recommendation.

Thanks very much for your help.
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Old December 3, 2008, 09:03 PM
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I'm going to vote mostly no, those chips are proving themselves to be quite hot, with even mild OC's. There are a couple of good aircooled heatsinks already out that would have no trouble handling mild overclocking, although availability is a little spotty still. If you're going to shell out the cash for that system, you at least owe it a decent CPU cooler.
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I would never think about overclocking on a stock cooler, especially for i7's :)
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Old December 3, 2008, 10:05 PM
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Thanks. Guess I will delay overclocking for now.
I think I will learn about it and get some money to buy a heatsink.
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yeah dude! it would be a shame to NOT overclock that system- grab yesself a good cooler STAT! Nice rig!
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Old December 4, 2008, 03:20 AM
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To answer your other questions:

- The Core i7 heatsink will have a thermal-pad pre-applied.
- The stock fan on the eVGA 260(s) should be fine for mild-moderate overclocking.
- If you mean the side panel, yes...a side-panel fan(120mm) would be highly advisable, in order to help cool motherboard components, and feed fresh air to the video card(s) and CPU heatsink.
- As for RAM: I would suggest using DDR3 1600
If you want 3GB... these are a great deal and offer tighter timings. There are a few other good kits, but it looks like they're on backorder.
If you want 6GB...these are a steal. If you want 6GB of CL8, it's gonna cost close to $400.

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