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Tetrik

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Jul 10, 2012
Hello everyone, basically this will be my first time overclocking. Anyways, I am buying a brand new custom builty computer from NCIX as per my specifications. Currently these are the specs based on the budget I have. I know that currently I am using a stock cooler, but I will be upgrading to liquid cooling for a 4.5 ghz Overclock. Here are my specs:


Intel Core i7 2600K Quad Core Unlocked Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Sandy Bridge 8MB
(BX80623I72600K) (sku: 57960) In Stock 1 $341.98 $341.98
CPU Cooling Please Use The Heatsink Included With My CPU -NOT Available With OEM Processors
(STOCK-COOLER) (sku: 33130) In Stock 1 $0.98 $0.98
Motherboard Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 ATX LGA1155 Z68 DDR3 1PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 2PCI HDMI SLI SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard
(GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3) (sku: 61002) In Stock 1 $174.99 $174.99
DDR3 Memory (RAM) Mushkin Enhanced Blackline Frostbyte 8GB 2X4GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 C9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit
(996776) (sku: 54963) In Stock 1 $51.26 $51.26
Video Cards Radeon HD 5450 650MHZ 512MB PCI-E DVI HDMI VGA
(AMD-ATI-RADEON-5450-512MB) (sku: 50484) In Stock 1 $49.99 $49.99
Computer Case Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case Black 3X5.25 1X3.5 5X3.5INT No PS W/ Fan Controller & Temp Display
(Z9 Plus) (sku: 57910) In Stock 1 $59.99 $59.99
Power Supply Thermaltake TR2 600W ATX12V V2.2 24PIN Power Supply with 120MM Fan
(W0388RU) (sku: 45039) In Stock 1 $69.99 $69.99
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 DVD OEM
(GFC-02050) (sku: 45271) In Stock 1 $119.98 $119.98
Hard Drives Western Digital WD Caviar Blue 1TB SATA 6GB/S 7200RPM 32MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM
(WD10EALX) (sku: 58881) In Stock 1 $99.99 $99.99
DVD Writer Liteon IHAS124 24X DVD Writer SATA Black OEM
(IHAS124-04) (sku: 45244) In Stock 1 $25.99 $25.99
Network Card D-LINK DFE-538TX 10/100 Ethernet Adapter PCI Network Card
(DFE-538TX) (sku: 5162)


Anyways, I was recently looking into this cooling System:

Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H100 Extreme Performance CPU Cooler System LGA1366 2011 1156 AM2 AM3


The reviews I have found have told me it is one of the better ones on the market, and so for a 4.5 ghz OC, is it worth it, is what I'm wondering.
 

Conumdrum

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Small town Emlenton, PA
The H100 is good unless your expectations are silly high. It's better by 2-3 C than the best air cooler, at about the same noise levels.

This is the cooling forum, we don't care about the network card etc etc etc etc. COOLING.

And we consider the H100 almost real watercooling, it works, but not as elegant and much less capable. You got an extra $300? Then we can talk real watercooling.

Otherwise look at the last 20 posts, some good conversation about what is a great cooler.

Just read and learn, we also review MANY good air coolers and some watercooling parts on the front page, upper left hand corner.
 

Operant

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I am running a 3770k on air and have a 4.5GHz 24/7 overclock with no issues. The H100s are not bad performance wise but their reliability is not that good from what I have heard. If you don't mind an RMA, then go for it.

You could also go look at something like a phanteks air cooler which will give you the same performance as the H100 (or very close). It will easily handle that processor at 4.5GHz (sandybridge processors run much cooler). Also won't have the reliability issues of an H100.

Edit: Also want to point out that we may be able to get you a better build in general hardware if you don't mind building it yourself (which is a lot more fun in my opinion).

Edit #2: +1 to all that Conumdrum said. He knows much more about cooling. :)
 
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Tetrik

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The H100 is good unless your expectations are silly high. It's better by 2-3 C than the best air cooler, at about the same noise levels.

This is the cooling forum, we don't care about the network card etc etc etc etc. COOLING.

And we consider the H100 almost real watercooling, it works, but not as elegant and much less capable. You got an extra $300? Then we can talk real watercooling.

Otherwise look at the last 20 posts, some good conversation about what is a great cooler.

Just read and learn, we also review MANY good air coolers and some watercooling parts on the front page, upper left hand corner.

Sorry,first post:p
 

Conumdrum

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Location
Small town Emlenton, PA
No worries, best thing is to learn the forum, not panic spam multiple forums which you probably did.

We know cooling and lots of other things, hang out and learn a bit, you should of maybe put it in the general forum and deployed your 'informed' researched questions later in the right forums.

No worries, really, we will do you right. Don't rush the build. And the H100 would probably get your overclock that people magically must have because others do it with magic and some tweaking of numbers.

Not hard to get that OC. Now read the front page and lots of posts. You'll see whats good in sooo many ways and forums here.