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Old April 6, 2010, 03:14 AM
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I'm getting an i7 930, and would like to overclock it. I have a few questions:

1) What should be my target overclock? I was thinking somewhere between 3.2 - 3.8, figuring anything above that would be overkill. Does my opinion have any truth in it?

2) Whats the best bang for buck CPU cooler for the above target overclock?

3) What temperature is too high? Keeping in mind I want this CPU to run properly for a couple of years, what should be the maximum temperature this CPU will be allowed to reach?

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Old April 6, 2010, 03:45 AM
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IMO, a mild overclock is all that you need for 24/7 usage, and air cooling is more than enough for that.

1) 3.2-3.4ghz should be a comfortable overclock.
2) Coolermaster Hyper212+ with two decent fans (like the Coolermaster R4)
3) PERSONALLY I wouldn't let the CPU hit over 60C under 100% load. When it hits over 70C you should consider upgrading your cooling. (tip, if you don't need hyperthreading, turn it off, and it'll drop temps by about 10 C at least)
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Old April 6, 2010, 07:59 AM
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1. 4GHz should not be a problem w/ a Hyper 212+.
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3. TJMax is 100C for LGA1366 i7s. Your CPU will throttle once you hit that temp. Try to keep it under 85-90C and you will be fine.
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Old April 6, 2010, 11:39 PM
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@Everyone - A lot of people I've talked to are suggesting the Hyper 212+, a lot are suggesting Noctua/Megahalems/TRUE/Vanomous X. From what I could find, the best cooler out the box is the NH-D14 - only thing is, this thing is beast. I've googled around but couldn't find an answer - does anybody know if it will fit in my rig?

HAF 932, Asus P6X58D, Corsair Dominator and Sapphire Vapor-X 5870. By searching I already know that I'll have to mount it vertically, I just dont know if it will hit anything on my board while vertical.
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The NH-D14 is a beast and the best air cooler out there right now I'd say. I currently run my i7 920 D0 @ 4.0ghz with a Hyper 212+ single intake fan and plan to upgrade to the NH-D14 cuz the temps I had when OC'ing in the winter may not hold up for the summer months. Hyper 212+ is $30, the NH-D14 is $90. If you have the cash to spend, the choice is obvious. The Hyper 212+ is apparently the best air cooler you can get for that price range. Maybe some new stuff has come out since then, not sure.
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@Rogue - What temps were you getting?
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Old April 7, 2010, 08:01 AM
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I idle around 35 degrees and during gaming never go past the mid 70's. On my prime95, 24 hour blend test I peaked at the mid 80's.
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Old April 7, 2010, 08:25 AM
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I'm running an E6600 @ 3.6GHz with a Zalman (forgot model no, not at home atm) temps aren't bad. ~48C - 54C on load.
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For Smaller Form Factor I'm gonna be Push a Cogage True Spirit (Backplate Version) on my 930 + UD7 Board soon. I'll let you know how that holds up.

Twin R4's are going on it so Airflow and Pressure should be Perfect.

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