New Gerbil needs some cooling advice

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New Gerbil needs some cooling advice

Postposted on Wed Dec 04, 2013 5:52 pm

Hi everbody!

I've got my machine pretty stable for the most part, but I was wondering if y'all had any recommendations or advice on ways to lower the temps on my CPU and GPU.

I've got an i7-2600K running at stock 3.4GHz, but my Asus p8z68-V Gen3 would really love to crank that up to the 4GHz range. Would something like a thermaltake or corsair waterblock/radiator do it? or or would a better heatsink/fan do the trick?

I've also got a sapphire HD 7950, and while the fans do the job, I was wondering if there were better options out there for cooling.

Someday I'd love to built a custom closed loop watercooling system, but that's a bit beyond my skill level right now.
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Re: New Gerbil needs some cooling advice

Postposted on Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:21 pm

The $36 CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo does a decent job for a reasonable price.
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Re: New Gerbil needs some cooling advice

Postposted on Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:48 pm

Thanks! I'll check it out.


I've been looking at VGA coolers, but I guess I'm SOL. The 3 fan arctic cooler doesn't fit my board, and the rest just cool the chip, not the memory.
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Re: New Gerbil needs some cooling advice

Postposted on Wed Dec 04, 2013 8:22 pm

Hz so good wrote:Thanks! I'll check it out.


I've been looking at VGA coolers, but I guess I'm SOL. The 3 fan arctic cooler doesn't fit my board, and the rest just cool the chip, not the memory.


There is this guy
http://www.arctic.ac/worldwide_en/produ ... bo-ii.html

Watch for sales for better pricing though.
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Re: New Gerbil needs some cooling advice

Postposted on Sun Dec 15, 2013 12:46 am

JustAnEngineer wrote:The $36 CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo does a decent job for a reasonable price.


4ghz will be stupid easy with the evo on a 2600k.
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Re: New Gerbil needs some cooling advice

Postposted on Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:18 am

Prestige Worldwide wrote:
JustAnEngineer wrote:The $36 CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo does a decent job for a reasonable price.


4ghz will be stupid easy with the evo on a 2600k.


It's pushed my 2500k to 4.6/4.8 with no issues.
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Re: New Gerbil needs some cooling advice

Postposted on Mon Dec 16, 2013 10:34 am

Hz so good wrote:I've been looking at VGA coolers, but I guess I'm SOL. The 3 fan arctic cooler doesn't fit my board, and the rest just cool the chip, not the memory.

I wouldn't bother with aftermarket VGA coolers. Your Sapphire 7950 has a decent 2-fan cooler on it already.

If you want to lower temps on your GPU:
1) Make sure your GPU cooler is free of dust.
2) Make sure you've got good airflow in/through your case. Slightly more intake than exhaust. Dust filters on intake fans are preferable to keep things clean inside. Make sure you have an exhaust fan on the back of the case (above the mobo IO port cluster).
3) Get direct intake airflow to the GPU. A quiet, low RPM fan mounted to the bottom of the case (if you have a fan vent there) or the side panel right next to the GPU can lower temps significantly. Side panel fans can get noisy because the panel is thin and tends to vibrate with the fan motor. Nothing some rubber fan mounts can't fix.
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Re: New Gerbil needs some cooling advice

Postposted on Mon Dec 16, 2013 12:04 pm

Philldoe wrote:
Prestige Worldwide wrote:
JustAnEngineer wrote:The $36 CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo does a decent job for a reasonable price.


4ghz will be stupid easy with the evo on a 2600k.


It's pushed my 2500k to 4.6/4.8 with no issues.


She really is old faithful.

I've got one keeping an i5 750 @ 4GHz 24/7, which is pretty good considering it's stock clock is 2.67 GHz. Mind you, that's at ~1.375 vcore.
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Re: New Gerbil needs some cooling advice

Postposted on Sun Dec 29, 2013 1:39 pm

Just wanted to thank everybody for the replies! I ended up getting the cooler master like everybody suggested, and it works great! I let the motherboard decide on the boost settings, and it's been hovering in the 4GHz range rocksteady for better part of a week now. :D
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