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necrophea

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Alright, so my new case, cpu, and OS is on its way..but ive been thinking...

I just purchased a 3770k cpu, and its almost here for delivery, however, in my haste, i forgot to purchase a cooler.

Why have a nice cpu and a stock cooler right? especially if i'm going to experiment with overclocking.

The only immediate solution i have is best buy selling an antec khuler 620 liquid cooling unit. Would that perform well with the 3770k? i hear the temps are quite high, and i doubt that is a performance water cooler.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Antec+-...218406315873&skuId=3474129&st=antec&cp=1&lp=2


What kind of difference would i see with that water cooler from the stock fan, and how high could i safely push my overclock from stock fan to water cooler?

should i remove the preapplied thermal pastes and purchase a known brand like:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Dynex&#...8854&skuId=9609458&st=thermal paste&cp=1&lp=2

or

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Antec+-...8535&skuId=3742027&st=thermal paste&cp=1&lp=4
 

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If you want to go with an aftermarket cooler; just wait the few days and order a coolermaster 212 from the egg. I have a 2500k overclocked to 4.3 and it [cooler] keeps it in the mid 50s when running prime95.

FWIW I am not a fan of water cooling. It is not a question of IF it will leak, it is a question of when it will leak.

how high could i safely push my overclock from stock fan to water cooler?
You have asked a question that does not have a definitive answer. Every overclock is different. You may only be able to achieve a small overclock, you might achieve a large overclock, no one can tell you. Overclocking is dependent on many things; quality of your ram, quality of your pw supply, quality of your mb, the ability of your case to dissipate thermal energy, and last but not least your cpu; some overclock better than others.

Remember any overclock MUST be prime95 stable or it is worthless. Go slowly when overclocking and test for stability with prime95 each time you make a change. Do not use any "Auto" overclocking. Any worthwhile overclock should be done via bios settings then tested for stability.
 

necrophea

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absolutely, i like air cooling as well, but ive never had such a profound pc. I want to take care of it as best I can, so i suppose putting water in an electronic device isn't the answer is it :D..

I understand that every set up, every motherboard and every cpu is different, but im not spending 50 extra dollars for a water cooling pump when i could get the 212 and stick with air for the same margin of improvement. I didn't mean to sound so vague, but im also not too certain on how far 3770s can be pushed.. it seems ivybridge is not as OC friendly as sandy is.

Anywho, i was just trying to dodge waiting for shipping times again, but hey, i suppose i can disassemble the board later when i have more patience :D.. Air cooling it is.
 

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The 212 type coolers require you to pull the mb since a backplate must be installed behind the board. In addition you do need to make sure you have enough room in your case for the large heatsink.

I have one of these on both a vishera 8350 overclocked to 4.5 and a 2500k; both work flawlessly.
 

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Here is a screenshot of the 8350 running prime95; after 10min the temp is still at 49C. It is somewhat cold in my office; it will get up to the mid 50s with a warmer ambient temp.
 

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necrophea

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haha very nice!

On the same note, my case has two removable side panels, allowing me access to the cpu back plate, or where id imagine it would go. Would I still have to disassemble everything? not a big deal if I do.
 

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If you have access to the back of the mb, then you do not absolutely have to pull the board. With that said, I would still pull the board since these coolers are not the easiest things to install and I like to test fit everything prior to applying thermal compound.

Up to you; it could be done in the case with access to the rear of the board.
 
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