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Old December 6, 2011, 10:21 AM
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Default Good Cooler for i7 920 CO stepping

Wondering what is a good cooler for a i7 920 C0 steeping?
water or air, i am up for suggestion.

looking to overclock it to 3.4 Ghz.
Also what range of temps should it be running at?
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Old December 6, 2011, 10:53 AM
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Probably the best air cooler.

NCIX.com - Buy Noctua NH-D14 LGA1155/1156/1366/AM3 I7/I5/PHENOM Heatpipe Cooler W/ NF-P14 140MM & NF-P12 120MM Fan - Noctua - NH-D14 - in Canada
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Old December 6, 2011, 12:49 PM
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Can't go wrong with a Megahalems:
Newegg.ca - Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler

They used to sell for $45-50. Not sure why they're so tough to find now.
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Old December 6, 2011, 02:12 PM
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I second that. Great cooler.
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Old December 6, 2011, 05:07 PM
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Cool thats what my buddy has
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If you're really gonna oc only to 3,4 ghz, then the stock cooler or something like the coolermaster hyper 212+ (around 25 $) would be sufficient. But if you ever want to go beyond say 3,5, then those will not be enough.

For the best of the best, go with water. Expensive, but damn it is good!

For the bang for the buck, find a used nh-d14 (king of the hill air-cooler wise) or a venomous X. Both could be found around the 60$ mark (noctua maybe a little more though), so if you have time, dig the forums and find one!
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Old December 6, 2011, 06:34 PM
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with the right paste, proper fans, the Hyper 212+ is a very excellent cooler, in push pull, it may not be able to quite keep up with a D14 but it most certainly can stay very high on the charts especially with the right case.

I currently have my phenom II x4 955 overclocked/volted to multi 21.0, 4.2Ghz 1.41v, vdda 1.22 and my cpu never gets above 48c and this is in quite a warm room(ambient around 28c or so) This is in a Raven 3 case with decent cooling(couple extra fans and wire managment) and my cooler Hyper 212+ dual stock fan push/pull using MX4 paste.

Now I know the i7 heavily clocked/volted can push ALOT of heat, but I would not count out this little cooler, it works very well, especially considering its price, and pushed to the extreme the only thing a D14 is going to give you is maybe a little more headroom and slightly better temps.

There is lots of excellent coolers out there, for really not all that much $, dont forget, though the D14 is still considered a top end air coolr, there is quite a few now that get within its performance rnage while still being smaller, and cheaper. It was the first, doesnt make it the best :)
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Old December 6, 2011, 08:41 PM
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In conclusion D14

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nice choice! D14 is excellent
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What about the Thermalright Silver Arrow? Most reviews say it is both quieter and better performing than the NH-D14.
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